Donella Meadows

Donella Meadows portraitIn her own words, Donella “Dana” Meadows was “an opinionated columnist, perpetual fundraiser, fanatic gardener, opera-lover, baker, farmer, teacher, and global gadfly.” She was also a powerful communicator, a prolific writer, and one of the leading environmental minds of the 20th century. In addition to authoring three editions of her groundbreaking study The Limits to Growth, Dana wrote hundreds of articles, newspaper columns, books, speeches, and more.

One of our primary goals is to maintain Dana’s invaluable legacy by providing a comprehensive, free, and easily accessible archive of her work online. This archive currently contains over 900 different pieces by Dana, and it continues to expand as we gather more of her work. Explore our archive and Dana’s writing by visiting our collection here.

The second part of our Legacy program is keeping Dana’s work alive and inspiring. We seek to develop resources that extend access to her ideas to an ever-larger audience and apply them to current issues. These resources include projects like our recent collaboration with the Dartmouth College Library that resulted in the digitization of Dana’s entire 1972 Limits to Growth study, as well as educational tools, new publications, and multimedia resources.

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

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