Donella (Dana) Meadows inspired countless individuals with her pioneering work in systems thinking, her strong voice in support of a just and sustainable world, and her undefeatable optimism. Her ideas and writing remain as influential today as ever. The Global Citizens blog is an ever-growing collection of reports, reflections, commentaries, thoughts, and stories by people striving to fulfill Dana's vision of a world that aligns environmental, social, and economic systems. Read on to learn more about this vision and what it means at all scales.

Coming Back to Our Systems Roots

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 1st, 2015

three people talking at a table We live in a world of remarkable, adaptable, complex systems. They are inside of us and all around us, from the tiny system of a single cell to the vast systems of the world’s oceans and our global communications networks. Systems can be examined by zooming in to look closely at their stocks and flows and other component parts, or by [...]

Putting the New Economy in Context

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 7th, 2014

Putting the New Economy in Context Three weeks ago I joined more than three hundred thousand people at the People’s Climate March in NYC. As we anxiously waited to start marching, a wave of silence spread from person to person up 60 blocks from the front of the crowd. Our thoughts went out to people from the Andes, arctic regions, and island nations who already have [...]

Vermont Works Towards Sustainable Local Economies

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 29th, 2014

Farmers Market During the second annual New Economy Week, communities across Vermont will celebrate new approaches to food, energy, business, and finance that strive for wellbeing over growth. Vermont has emerged as a national leader in the New Economy movement, a people-driven approach to achieving prosperous communities, successful businesses, and healthy environments. Whereas the traditional economy strives for profits and material growth, the [...]

Dana: teacher, mentor, friend, pillar, beacon, guiding star

Posted by Kylie Flanagan, Published: August 15th, 2014

A peek inside Dana's journal reveals brilliant writing as well as dried flowers from her garden. Dana Meadows (58) — tall, graying, very opinionated, restless, energetic, always starting more projects than she can finish, wildly idealistic and visionary, generally cheerful except when angry at the state of the world. Teaches part time at Dartmouth, writes stuff, tries to direct the Sustainability Institute, knits socks incessantly (hey, it makes long community meetings tolerable!), plays classical music on [...]

Food Sovereignty: Solutions are as Interconnected as Problems

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 1st, 2014

young woman in a farm field “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 [...]

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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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