Socio-Cultural Dynamics (SCD) is the application of universal normative patterns to socio-cultural phenomena within system dynamics models to optimize the discovery of high-leverage points for improving the overall "performance" of the system under inspection. The analytical portion of the methodology is that which uses these models to provide alternative courses of action and measures the probability of successful outcomes.
SCD Analysis combines the following disciplines:
- System dynamics theory and its intellectual offspring, social dynamics
- Rigorous modeling practice applied to complex socio-cultural systems
- Meta-dialog analysis using conceptually-patterned thesauri
- Understanding and application of Dialog-Action-Transaction (DAT) models in the inspection process
Each of these disciplines has proven its value in professional domains, although usually within a much narrower perspective. Their combined application to real-world situations of complex socio-cultural systems, however, with accompanying measurement of soft variables, makes SCD unique.