MIT Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges
Addressing Complexity in Health Care, Energy, Space, and the Environment
October 22–23, 2009, at MIT
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SDM’s annual systems thinking conference provides opportunities for systems thinkers to learn practical applications from some of the world’s leading innovators—MIT faculty members, industry leaders, and each other.
The premise of this annual conference is that complex challenges require a new way of thinking, working, and leading that incorporates disciplines formerly seen as separate or, at best, linked. Conference speakers will illustrate ways to apply an interdisciplinary, "systems thinking" approach to business that integrates technology, management, and social sciences.
Speakers at the 2009 event, "Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges," will discuss best practices for applying systems thinking to some of the most pressing and complex challenges of our time: health care, energy, space, and the environment. This event has been carefully designed to provide practical information that can be applied across industries, so that attendees can demonstrate value to their companies when they return to the office.
There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions of our speakers, as well as to network with other systems thinkers attending the conference.
As of this writing, the following speakers have been confirmed:
- Joel Moses, Ph.D. - Institute Professor; Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Systems; Acting Director, Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development
- Olivier L. de Weck, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems; Associate Director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division
- Patrick Hale - Director, MIT System Design and Management Fellows Program; Senior Lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division; President, International Council on Systems Engineering
- Deborah Nightingale, Ph.D. - Professor of the Practice of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems; Co-Director, Lean Advancement Initiative
- Stan N. Finkelstein, M.D. - Senior Research Scientist, MIT Engineering Systems Division and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; Professor, Clinical Computing Division, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
- Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. - Senior Lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division; Director, MIT AgeLab
- Stephen Connors - Director, Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives, MIT Energy Initiative
- Margaret V. Stringfellow, Ph.D. - Candidate, Complex Systems Research Lab
Health Care Experts:
- Meghan Dierks, M.D. - Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Faculty in the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Director of Clinical Systems Analysis, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Blackford Middleton, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc. - Partners HealthCare System Inc., Clinical Informatics R&D, Center for Information Technology Leadership
- Henry Feldman, M.D. - Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Chief Information Architect, Division of Clinical Informatics, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Energy and Sustainability Experts:
We invite you to join us on October 22-23, 2009. Details and registration information can be accessed via the links at left. For additional information on the event or to become a conference sponsor, contact John M. Grace, SDM industry co-director, email@example.com, 617.253.2081.