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.

In Paris we felt it is possible…

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: December 28th, 2015

20151206_180016 Together with other thousands of people I joined civil society in Paris during COP21. The most palpable feeling was a shared sense of gravity and urgency for action. There was also optimism because we all had high hopes for an agreement that has taken decades to develop. And of course Paris is just the beginning, albeit a strong beginning (see for example John Sterman’s analysis of the significance of the Paris [...]

Running with Ghosts – The Legacy of the Sacred in the Common

Posted by Emily Donaldson, Published: December 7th, 2015

IMG_0767 I find renewal running through forest trails; feeling the memory of a landscape with every step, and changing course to accommodate past events. Tatlock loop, a short trail run on a ridge near my house, is shaped by its history. I find myself skirting around a little ditch that was dug out by spring flooding years ago, only to then [...]

A War On ‘Stuff’

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: November 30th, 2015

8434457518_ef21dcbc36_o At Christmas my family embraces traditions like old friends and follows the rituals, both sacred and silly, that have been a part of our family for generations. But this year is different. We are breaking with tradition, and declaring a war on ‘stuff’. We’re going beyond the ‘one thing in, one thing out ‘ rule to the draconian measure of [...]

Investing in our Values

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: October 29th, 2015

12141080_1125777864116306_8883711449822235318_o Vermont’s Third New Economy Week (Oct 10-17) celebrated the steps communities have taken to strengthen local food networks, small businesses and renewable energy. It was also a time to consider what Donella Meadows once wrote, “if we human beings are ever going to live in happiness and harmony with each other and with the natural world, we will have to [...]

Fish, Farmers & The New Economy

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: October 2nd, 2015

11889946_1469364236702931_7850228947266797887_o  “I try to base my life on the idea of self sufficiency- there is just enough for everyone and not one bit more. There is enough for generosity but not waste”                                                           –Donella [...]

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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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