Scriptapedia is an introduction to group model building that uses structured small group exercises called scripts. Scriptapedia is intended to be an easily edited freely distributed book to support the creation of new scripts, discussion of what works and what doesn't, and internationalization of group model building practice.

Introduction to System Dynamics and related concepts


Offline Scripts

A. Preceding Scripts

  1. Creating a Shared Vision of Modeling Project
  2. Logistics and Room Set Up
  3. Process Mapping
  4. Scheduling the Day

B. Follow-up Scripts

  1. Debriefing

Scripts for Using in Group Model Building Workshops

A. Established Scripts

Primary Nature of Task Scripts
i. Presentation 1. Concept Model

2. Key Take-Away

3. Modeling Project Community Presentation

4. Presenting the Reference Mode

5. Water Glass Demonstration

ii. Divergent 1. Action Ideas

2. Causal Mapping with Seed Structure

3. Graphs Over Time

4. Hopes and Fears

5. Initial Policy Options

6. Variable Elicitation

iii. Convergent 1. Creating Causal Loop Diagram from Connection Circles

2. Initiating and Elaborating a "Causal Loop Diagram" or "Stock and Flow" Model

3. Model Review

4. Next Steps and Closing

5. Nominal Group Technique

6. Ratio Exercise

7. Reflector Feedback

8. Structure Elicitation

9. Transferring Group Ownership from One Image to Another

iv. Evaluation 1. Dots

B. Promising Scripts

Primary Nature of Task Scripts
i. Presentation 1. Cookie Exercise

2. Chickens and Eggs

3. Elephant Parable

ii. Divergent 1. Connection Circle

2. Causal Mapping in Small Groups

3. Places To Intervene

4. Elicitation of Needs/Resources

5. Graphs over Time with Offline Structure Building

6. Trends over Time

iii. Convergent 1. Building a CLD with Paper

2. Creating Causal Loop Diagram from Variable List

3. Causal Mapping in Large Group

iv. Evaluation

C. Scripts Under Development

Primary Nature of Task Scripts
i. Presentation 1. Introducing Stock and Flow
ii. Divergent 1. Graphs over time of identified Needs/Resources
iii. Convergent 1. Reflector Feedback (Hovmand)

2. Negotiating a Reference Mode

iv. Evaluation 1. Prioritization of Needs/Resources

2. The Tweet

Workshop Design Samples

Advanced Topics

Supplemental Materials