Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 1st, 2014
“People are not hungry in this rich country because there is too little food or money or organization. They are hungry because food, money, and organizations are not used for the purpose of once-and-for-all ending hunger. What is lacking is public commitment, or as some call it, political will.”
–Donella Meadows, 1986, Hands Across White River Junction
Kylie gleaning carrots with Willing [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 8th, 2014
Challenging the Existing Paradigm—
The message of Limits to Growth is disarmingly simple: we cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet. Earth’s supplies of habitable land, fresh water, arable soil, mineral resources, and more will not be able to continuously satisfy the needs of a rapidly expanding global population and its increasing material demands.
Dennis Meadows addresses the audience at an [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 2nd, 2013
By Pamela Paquin
Naia enjoying all that Hardwick had to offer–especially the mud!
The day ended as all good ones do, with my daughter in a puddle, covered in mud. She was my wingman for an event hosted by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility in a long-targeted destination of Hardwick, Vermont.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Hardwick is one of the [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 26th, 2013
By Pamela Paquin
The Institute’s Hothouse last week put into sharp focus our goal of embedding values into business and business into values.
Our intention was to deliver actionable advice and an experience in real time of how to apply it. Put simply, the event included these steps:
Research – research your system and see what’s actually needed, who your clients are, and what [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 10th, 2013
By Sarah Parkinson
Camp Snowball immerses adults and children alike in the valuable tools of systems thinking and sustainability education.
Here at the Donella Meadows Institute, thinking systemically is one of the pillars of our work. Systems thinking helps us to identify problems, develop solutions, and build a tight, highly functioning team. It’s a skill that’s useful in a variety of situations, especially in [...]