About the Donella Meadows Institute

Our Mission: to bring economic, social and environmental systems into closer harmony with the realities of a finite planet and a globally powerful human race by using the disciplines of systems thinking, system dynamics, and collaborative learning that were pioneered by our founder, Donella Meadows.

 

two women harvesting beans

Meadows Institute staff Becky Cook and Marta Ceroni volunteering at a nearby farm. Local food is one important aspect of the sustainable, resilient economies we are working toward.

Since its founding in 1996 by environmental leader Donella Meadows, our Institute has been at the forefront of sustainability thinking and training. Our range of initiatives have addressed economic, environmental, and social challenges from a number of angles and at many levels. We have encouraged the adoption of sustainable strategies by providing the tools and resources needed for informed decision making, mapping systems and leverage points for change, training leaders in positions of influence, and partnering with businesses and community organizations.

Today, our Institute is dedicated to two primary goals. The first is to preserve Donella Meadows’s enormous legacy as an inspiring leader, scholar, writer, and teacher. So much of her work is still highly relevant to today’s sustainability efforts, and we want to ensure it is widely available as a resource for all now and in the future. Our second goal is to use northern New England as a learning laboratory where we can test and apply the tools and processes of systems thinking to move the world closer to sustainability. In this work, we have chosen to focus on the New Economy and regional resilience movements as the ideal points of engagement for applying systems thinking. Our Sustainable Economies Program is focusing on Vermont as a model as we build networks to help achieve collective impact in the area.

 

“Systems thinking can lead us to the edge of what analysis can do and then point beyond—to what can and must be done by the human spirit.”  Donella Meadows

 

 

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

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