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: April 18th, 2013
By Pamela Paquin
Monday’s events in Boston have had our staff here at DMI hen-like in their soft “clucking” concerned for our friends and family in Boston and the region.
Indeed, it has been hard to focus on what seem like trivial “to-dos” compared to what people were going through who were present and/or connected to individuals running and cheering around Copley this Monday.
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: October 29th, 2012
By Sarah Parkinson
Mark Ridsdill Smith at work on his garden balcony(Image credit: Miki Yamanouchi, Vertical Veg)
Most people looking at his Camden flat might have seen a cozy brick apartment packed in tightly against its neighbors, the sort of building that fits in well with London’s historic urban architecture. But Mark Ridsdill Smith saw an opportunity for agriculture.
In 2009, Mark started growing food [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 17th, 2012
By Theo Kitchener
We were told that the global financial crisis of 2008 happened because irresponsible borrowers couldn’t afford to pay back their loans. This is true, but it was also part of a much deeper problem. The issue is that our economic system is based on the need for continuous, perpetual growth. It’s highly likely that we’re already in the beginnings of [...]