Designing Systems for a Sustainable and Desirable World

Molly's Interview with Dana

Summer Intern Molly Ryan imagines meeting Dana and asking her important questions on life choices and sustainability.

Collaborating for our Collective Future

Following months of exploration and dialogue, we are honored to announce that the Donella Meadows Institute is actively working to unite with the Academy for Systemic Change.

A Visual Approach to Leverage Points

We teamed up with award-winning illustrator David Macaulay and systems educator Linda Booth Sweeney to communicate Dana's classic "Leverage Points" article in an accessible visual language.

Limits to Growth Online

Thanks to a partnership with Dartmouth's Rauner Library, the entire 1972 Limits to Growth study is now freely available online!

Mission + Vision

Both our Legacy and Sustainable Economies work is rooted in Donella Meadows's leadership towards a more sustainable world. We are guided by her values of caring, visioning, and speaking truth to power.


Kylie's Recommended Reading Our intern Kylie curated a collection of her favorite timeless, under-the-radar Dana wisdom. More


Walking Side by Side, Not Hand in HandI have been reflecting a lot recently on the relationship between the environmental movement and social justice. So when I learned that my friend Arch... More


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About DMI

Since its founding in 1996 by environmental leader Donella Meadows, our Institute has been at the forefront of sustainability thinking and training. Our initiatives have addressed economic, environmental, and social challenges from a range of angles and at many levels. In everything we do, the disciplines of systems thinking and organizational learning inform and shape our work. It is this focus on whole-system analysis, combined with careful listening, truth telling, and visioning, that make the Donella Meadows Institute unique among sustainability organizations.  Read More