Designing Systems for a Sustainable and Desirable World

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.

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.

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!

2015 Annual Report

Our new annual report describes the big steps we took in our programs this past year and gives you a glimpse of our successes and fantastic team.


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


Bringing Systems Thinking in SchoolsBy Katie Williamson - Students at Lebanon High School, NH Recently, I have been thinking about where visioning and systems thinking fit into sch... 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