Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 30th, 2013
Last Call, a new documentary film, revisits the message of The Limits to Growth and shares a compelling vision of a sustainable future.
It’s been forty years since Donella Meadows and her team at MIT published The Limits to Growth, but their message still needs to be heard–today more than ever. When their groundbreaking book first came out in 1972, the [...]
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 [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: November 13th, 2012
By Mark Buchanan
This article was first published on November 11 in Bloomberg.
Even if we could maintain perpetual growth, it could lead to disastrous outcomes for our economies and societies. (Image credit: woodleywonderworks)
Now that the U.S. presidential election is over, attention has turned to the challenge of keeping the world’s largest economy growing. The underlying assumption is that growth is always the proper [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 2nd, 2012
By Sarah Parkinson
Looking Backwards to Move Forwards in a Year of Anniversaries
Happy anniversary to Silent Spring, The Limits to Growth, and other environmental milestones! (Image credit: lou.veyret via Flickr)
While making progress on social and environmental issues requires looking forward with vision and resolve, there’s also good reason to look backwards. This year marks the anniversary of a number of historical events important [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 21st, 2012
By James Gustave Speth
What single change stands to give Americans more free time, healthier ecosystems, and more meaningful jobs?
Slowing down GDP growth can mean more time to do things we love. Image credit: Qfamily via Flickr
Editor’s introduction: Gus Speth has been a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advisor to presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the head of the United Nations’ [...]