Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 1st, 2014
“People are not hungry in this rich country because there is too little food or money or organization. They are hungry because food, money, and organizations are not used for the purpose of once-and-for-all ending hunger. What is lacking is public commitment, or as some call it, political will.”
–Donella Meadows, 1986, Hands Across White River Junction
Kylie gleaning carrots with Willing [...]
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: 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, [...]