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Mediated Modeling
Marjan van den Belt
Price: $ 35

Mediated modeling is an innovative new approach that uses the process of building computer models as a tool to help solve complex environmental policy and management problems. Rather than having outside experts dispensing ¿answers¿ to stakeholders, mediated modeling brings together diverse interests to jointly construct a simulation model to raise the level of shared understanding of the problem and foster a broad and deep consensus. It provides a structured process based on system dynamics thinking in which community members, government officials, industry representatives, academics and other stakeholders can work together to produce a coherent, simple but elegant simulation model that can serve as the basis for sustainable solutions to recalcitrant problems.

Mediated Modeling by Marjan Van Den Belt is a practical guide to participatory modeling for environmental professionals, group-modeling practitioners and students, one that is firmly grounded in the field of systems dynamics and environmental modeling. Five in-depth case studies describe the successful use of the technique in a variety of settings, and a final chapter synthesizes the lessons highlighted by the case studies.

Mediated Modeling's step-by-step description of the techniques and practical advice regarding implementation offer a real-world solution for all those seeking to make better informed and more durable decisions about the environment.

MARJAN VAN DEN BELT is president of Mediated Modeling, LLC, based in Burlington, Vermont.

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