Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 26th, 2013
By Pamela Paquin
The Institute’s Hothouse last week put into sharp focus our goal of embedding values into business and business into values.
Our intention was to deliver actionable advice and an experience in real time of how to apply it. Put simply, the event included these steps:
Research – research your system and see what’s actually needed, who your clients are, and what [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 10th, 2013
By Sarah Parkinson
Camp Snowball immerses adults and children alike in the valuable tools of systems thinking and sustainability education.
Here at the Donella Meadows Institute, thinking systemically is one of the pillars of our work. Systems thinking helps us to identify problems, develop solutions, and build a tight, highly functioning team. It’s a skill that’s useful in a variety of situations, especially in [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 6th, 2013
By Sarah Parkinson
The complete text of the original Limits to Growth study is now accessible for free online, thanks to a partnership between the Dartmouth College Library and the Donella Meadows Institute.
The Limits to Growth, originally published in 1972, was a groundbreaking study that modeled the dynamics of our human presence on the planet. The team behind it, led by Donella Meadows, [...]
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: October 24th, 2012
By Linda Booth Sweeney
A brief interaction between the author and her four-year-old son at a traffic rotary illuminates the awareness young children have, often overlooked, of systems and connectedness. (Image credit: Tauno Tõhk)
How can can adults nurture children’s capacity to “connect the dots” through everyday conversations and activities? How can educators build an environment that leads children to see the patterns that [...]