Archive for the ‘Thinking in Systems’ Category

Closed Loop Production: Creating Jobs and Good Food in Hardwick, VT

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 2nd, 2013

By Pamela Paquin

Naia enjoying all that Hardwick had to offer–especially the mud! The day ended as all good ones do, with my daughter in a puddle, covered in mud. She was my wingman for an event hosted by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility in a long-targeted destination of Hardwick, Vermont. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Hardwick is one of the [...]

Entrepreneurship Hothouse: Embedding Values into Business and Business into Values

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 [...]

Systems Thinking Camp for Adults and Children

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 [...]

The Limits to Growth–Now Available to Read Online!

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, Dennis Meadows, and the Sustainability 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 Dennis [...]

Help Last Call “Change the Ending!”

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 [...]

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The mission of the Donella Meadows Project is to preserve Donella (Dana) H. Meadows’s legacy as an inspiring leader, scholar, writer, and teacher; to manage the intellectual property rights related to Dana’s published work; to provide and maintain a comprehensive and easily accessible archive of her work online, including articles, columns, and letters; to develop new resources and programs that apply her ideas to current issues and make them available to an ever-larger network of students, practitioners, and leaders in social change.  Read More

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