the cartoon guide to system dynamics


The Cartoon Guide to System Dynamics has the goal of promoting system dynamics concepts by means of graphic narratives.

All material posted here may be used freely by educators. If you use our images, please let us know. We would appreciate if you refer to the website.

Editorial team

Text/Drawings : João Alberto Arantes do Amaral

João is a professor at Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Editor:Patricia Brennecke

Patricia is a former lecturer in English Language Studies at MIT.


Collaboration is welcome!

If you work in the field of system dynamic/systems thinking and wish to submit your graphic narrative feel free to write us.

Copyright notice: the authors retain the copyright of their work, granting us the right of publication.

The Cartoon Guide is updated weekly.


João Alberto Arantes do Amaral



Vol.5-Applications of system dynamics (EARLY VIEW)


Vol.1-Systems: basic concepts and characteristics

Vol.2-Mental Models

Vol.3-Causal loop diagrams

Vol.4-Stock and flows diagrams