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.

Last Call: The complicated story of a study’s simple findings

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 8th, 2014

Dennis Meadows presenting 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 [...]

A Genuine Talk on Progress and the GPI

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: March 11th, 2014

A woman speaks to a group about the Genuine Progress Idicator “When we hear that the Gross National Product has grown, instead of cheering, we should ask exactly what has grown, for whom, at what cost, and at whose expense. Even better, we should work to develop indicators of national progress that reflect more accurately our real value and our real welfare.” —Donella Meadows, 1988 Elizabeth Courtney, author of Greening Vermont, takes [...]

The Season of Thanks

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: December 3rd, 2013

corn plant being lifted out of the soil Looking back through our archive of Donella Meadows’s writing, it’s not hard to find examples of thanks. Dana was thankful for the community and environment around her, sentiments which are echoed over and over in her letters and columns. In November 1994, Dana wrote, “On a farm I can really put my heart into a festival of harvest and thanksgiving. I [...]

Our New Publication on the New Economy in Vermont!

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 14th, 2013

report cover with image of people enjoying an outdoor market We’re excited to announce that we just released Vermont’s New Economy: A look at the New Economy by the numbers. This new publication is all about injecting new ideas and a “sense of the possible” into our notions of what an economy can be. It envisions an economy that serves our communities, environment, and values—not the other way around. Already, this New Economy [...]

Creating Local Wealth

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 7th, 2013

michael shuman Randolph, Vermont will host one of the world’s leading community economist as part of the second program in the “Why Build A Local Economy: Community, Engagement, Gratitude” series at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. This series, sponsored by BALE – Building A Local Economy – and Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, “explores local [...]

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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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