The Donella Meadows Institute is a strategic thinking partner to organizations trying to make sense of over-stressed economic and ecological systems. Through systems mapping and analysis, we bring clarity to decision makers by seeing systems whole rather than narrowly focusing on singular issues, such as local weather damage, unemployment or dysfunctional credit markets. Such breadth of vision typically yields fresh insight and minimizes the risk of unintended consequences due to partial analysis.
We do not purport to be experts in any given field; we leave that to our partners. Rather, we bring the disciplines of systems thinking and mapping to their thought processes so they can see the complex interconnections of a system – including limits and strategic leverage points. We are committed to serve with intellectual honesty and respect for the truth, wherever it may lie.
In recent months, we have expanded our outreach by drawing closer to Dartmouth College, hiring a new Director to lead our programs, and partnering with various organizations to advance leadership training, new economic thinking, regional development, and community resilience. Our current focuses include documenting and facilitating the emergence of a new economy in Vermont, developing educational programs for local residents and entrepreneurs, and working to preserve and publicize the wealth of writing left by Donella Meadows.
For more information about these programs, please explore the links below or contact us with questions.