Designing Systems for a Sustainable and Desirable World

2014 Annual Report

"A Systems Approach to Sustainability," our new annual report, describes the big steps we took in our programs this past year and the plans we have underway as we head into 2015.

A Visual Approach to Leverage Points

We teamed up with award-winning illustrator David Macaulay and systems educator Linda Booth Sweeney to communicate Dana's classic "Leverage Points" article in an accessible visual language.

Donella Meadows Film Project

We're creating an inspiring, empowering film to share Dana's vision and approach with a new generation of leaders. Help us tell her story by contributing photos, letters, and other media!

Mission + Vision

Both our Legacy and Sustainable Economies work is rooted in Donella Meadows's leadership towards a more sustainable world. We are guided by her values of caring, visioning, and speaking truth to power.

Limits to Growth Online

Thanks to a partnership with Dartmouth's Rauner Library, the entire 1972 Limits to Growth study is now freely available online!


Kylie's Recommended Reading Our intern Kylie curated a collection of her favorite timeless, under-the-radar Dana wisdom. More


In Paris we felt it is possible…Together with other thousands of people I joined civil society in Paris during COP21. The most palpable feeling was a shared sense of gravity and ... More



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About DMI

Since its founding in 1996 by environmental leader Donella Meadows, our Institute has been at the forefront of sustainability thinking and training. Our initiatives have addressed economic, environmental, and social challenges from a range of angles and at many levels. In everything we do, the disciplines of systems thinking and organizational learning inform and shape our work. It is this focus on whole-system analysis, combined with careful listening, truth telling, and visioning, that make the Donella Meadows Institute unique among sustainability organizations.  Read More