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The Center for Policy Exploration Analysis and Simulation provides:
Insights and understanding to those who are dazzled by complexity, dynamics and uncertainty of the world around them and their own systems. We use systems thinking, modelling and simulation methods, as well as data science approaches to provide understanding of how complex socio-economic-environmental systems work.
Foresight to those facing an uncertain future. We use modelling and simulation under deep uncertainty to generate many plausible futures/scenarios.
Advice about robustness and resilience. We use exploratory modelling and simulation under deep uncertainty to find robust policies/strategies and (stress)test the robustness and resilience of systems and organizations.
Experiences and the means to change both minds and hearts. Without changing hearts (on top of changing minds), change cannot be taken for granted. To change hearts, one needs to feel/experience the need for change. To do so, we use serious gaming, storytelling, and art (starting from science and systems insights).
Means for personal and organisational learning and change. We offer self-learning materials on Systems Thinking, Modelling and Data Science as well as training and workshops to enable those inside complex systems and organisations to acquire the necessary skills to change these organisations and systems.
A quantitative intervention team to investigate and reorganise complex systems and organisations.
At the PEAS.center we use quantitative techniques as well as participative and experiential approaches to make the world a better place. We recently stepped out of academia to do so. The "Man in the Arena" by Theodore Roosevelt captures rather well why we left academia to found the PEAS.center:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." The "Man in the Arena" is part of the "Citizenship In A Republic" Speech, delivered by Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne (Paris) on 23 April 1910. The full speech can be found here.
The Center for Policy Exploration Analysis and Simulation (www.PEAS.center) groups 10 organisations with 10 complementary missions / specializations. Together, these organizations can provide insight, foresight, policy/strategy advice, experiences, training, communication, interventions, solutions:
The Policy Modelling Lab is a company that performs commercial systems modelling studies for governments and organizations;
The Institute for Grand Challenges is an institute that studies any important grand challenge and communicates about them to the public at large even without 'client'
The In Theory team is a software development team that focusses on the development of new methods, software packages, scripts, and database solutions for systems modelling and simulation as well as data science, both for the 9 sister organisations and for external clients
The Center for Systems Thinking is a center for the promotion of systemic thinking and complex systems analysis, and for distributing materials for teaching and life long learning related to systems thinking, systems modelling, and integrated data science
The Policy Academy is an academy that provides professional training to organisation/sectors as well as system dynamics and data science 'summer schools' around the world
The Seas of Stories is our communication office that uses storytelling to explain complex issues and communicate simulation results and policy advice in unconventional yet effective ways (policy myths)
The Playground develops and facilitates serious board games, interactive model-based learning environments, live lego simulations based on systems models, system redesign workshops, and storytelling games
The Center for Art and Science develops life art installations, cartoons, and experiential settings to let members of organisations and the public at large experience beauty and unfairness and what it takes to change systems
The Office for Data Analysis, Tools and Applications is our data analysis unit
The DIY Shop supports projects of the other units in an operational and practical way by selling products and services that are needed to implement effective solutions and nurture change.
For more information on any of these organisations, click the corresponding link:
The Center for Policy Exploration Analysis and Simulation serves individuals, organisations, and the world at large with the aim to make the world a better place. Depending on your needs, you may want to look at and contact one of our organisations:
POLICYMAKERS and DECISIONMAKERS: Do you need a professional data science and systems modelling study and can you free up the necessary resources for it? Then check out the web site of our Policy Modelling Lab or contact our Policy Modelling Lab at PML@peas.center
ANYONE INTERESTED IN GRAND CHALLENGES: Are you interested in grand challenges and what is needed for dealing with them? Then check out the web site of the web site of the Institute for Grand Challenges or contact us at I4GC@peas.center
MODELLERS and ANALYSTS: Do you need our latest or custom made methods, software packages, scripts, and database solutions for systems modelling and simulation or data science? Then check out the In Theory web site or In Theory web site or contact our In Theory team at IT@peas.center
(THOSE IN NEED OF) DATA SCIENTISTS: Do you need a team of data scientists to figure out what's in your data/databases? Our Office for Data Analysis Tools and Applications might be able to help you. You can contact them at DATA@peas.center
LIFE LONG LEARNERS: Do you need training or workshops? Our Policy Academy and Summer/Winter Schools provide professional training to organisation/sectors as well as system dynamics and data science 'summer schools' around the world. You can contact PASS at PASS@peas.center
GAMERS and PLAYERS: Do you need existing or your own serious games? Our Serious Game and Playground Lab develops and facilitates serious board games, interactive model-based learning environments, live lego simulations based on systems models, system redesign workshops, and storytelling games. You can contact them at PLAY@peas.center
LIFE CHANGERS: Are you looking for operational solutions, products, changes that make the world a better place? In the future, our DIY shop: will support projects of the other units in an operational and practical way by selling products and services that are needed to implement effective solutions and nurture change. You can contact our DIY Shop at DIY@peas.center
ART and SCIENCE LOVERS: Are you interested in merging Science and Art? Our Center for Art and Science develops life art installations, cartoons, and experiential settings to let members of organisations and the public at large experience beauty and unfairness and what it takes to change systems. You can contact the Center for ARt and Science C4AS@peas.center
LISTENERS and READERS: Do you need speakers or storytelling? The Seas Of Stories is our communication office that uses storytelling to explain complex issues and communicate simulation results and policy advice in unconventional yet effective ways. They can be contacted at SOS@peas.center
(FUTURE) SYSTEMS THINKERS: Do you need systems thinking or system dynamics insight or knowledge? Our Center for Systems Thinking is a center for the promotion of systemic thinking and complex systems analysis, and for distributing materials for teaching and life long learning related to systems thinking, systems modelling, and integrated data science. You can reach the C4ST at C4ST@peas.center
If you don't know which of these organisations to contact, but have the feeling that you should contact the PEAS.Center, then just contact us at our general e-mail address info@PEAS.center
The main themes the PEAS.Center specializes in are: Sustainable Development (SGDs), Migration, Humanitarian issues, and Geopolitics.
Although different, these themes are related and rather similar from a modeller's point of view in that they require more or less the same building blocks. These building blocks correspond to topics we specialize(d) in: Climate Change, Energy Transitions; Population, Human Capital, Population Health; Global Change, Food Production and Consumption, Water; Sustainable Development, Economics, Finance; Nature, Environment, Sustainability, Circular Economy; Urban Dynamics; Diseases Health; Societal Evolutions, Societal Fault Lines, Polarisation, Social Disruption; Governance, Institutions, Chain(ed) Organizations; Education Innovation; Cyber Digital Society; War Conflict, Crime, Oppression.
Much more information is available on the Themes and Topics page.
The PEAS.center was established and is headed by Erik Pruyt, Stefan Wigman, Tushith Islam, and Wouter van Bekhoven:
Erik Pruyt obtained a PhD in modelling and simulation of energy transitions from the Free University of Brussels. Before founding the PEAS.center, he was Associate Professor of Policy Modelling and System Dynamics Modelling at Delft University of Technology. Erik is mainly involved in I4GC, PML, C4ST, PASS and PLAY.
Stefan Wigman obtained his MSc in Engineering and Policy Analysis from Delft University of Technology. Before founding the PEAS.center, he was a PhD researcher at Delft University of Technology. Stefan is mainly involved in PML, PLAY, IT and DATA.
Tushith Islam obtained his PhD from Concordia University (Canada) and his BSc and MSc from Carnegie Mellon. Before founding the PEAS.center, he was a Postdoc researcher at Delft University of Technology and a developer at Greenwood Advisors. Tushith is mainly involved in IT and DATA.
Wouter van Bekhoven obtained his MSc in Engineering and Policy Analysis from Delft University of Technology. Wouter is mainly involved in PML, and PEAS.
We are a scalable organization: We work with complementary partners and students from the TU Delft's Engineering and Policy Analysis program.
General information and contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed contact information: http://peas.center/contact.html