Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: March 11th, 2014
“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 [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 14th, 2013
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 [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 9th, 2013
Join the Dartmouth community to engage with a spectrum of voices offering potential solutions to our common climate challenge!
Starting July 11, Dartmouth will host the Leading Voices Series in Energy, Sustainability and Security. This series of six free lectures is open to the public and will provide good discussion focused on solutions and engaging young minds and community. Anyone interested [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: February 12th, 2013
The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will hold its 2013 Conference on June 9-12 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont. DMI is pleased to be a sponsor for the conference, which will be hosted by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. The event is organized around the theme of “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 22nd, 2013
By Sarah Parkinson
Resources for understanding our financial system and our economic alternatives
I’ve learned a lot about the economy since the Donella Meadows Institute launched its Sustainable Economies program earlier this year. I’ve learned about problems with fractional reserve banking and our traditional economic model, and I’ve learned about alternatives like public banks, complementary currencies, and cooperative ownership models. But perhaps the piece [...]