Dana Meadows Must-Reads



Dana shared her gift for writing and teaching with many people throughout her life. She passionately communicated difficult systems thinking concepts in understandable and exciting ways with people around the world. As a student at Dartmouth College, Madison (our Summer Intern) encountered a few of these pieces in her courses and believes the following list to be a compilation of Dana’s most ground-breaking and foundational works. 


Below please find a list of Dana’s works that we find to be the most salient and useful for educational purposes. These are the writings that you just have to read!
  1. Thinking in Systems

  2. Leverage Points

  3. Limits to Growth

  4. Dancing with Systems

  5. Problems are Connected – and so are Solutions

  6. Indicators and Information Systems for Sustainable Development

About The Donella Meadows Project

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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