Donella (Dana) Meadows inspired countless individuals with her pioneering work in systems thinking, her strong voice in support of a just and sustainable world, and her undefeatable optimism. Her ideas and writing remain as influential today as ever. The Global Citizens blog is an ever-growing collection of reports, reflections, commentaries, thoughts, and stories by people striving to fulfill Dana's vision of a world that aligns environmental, social, and economic systems. Read on to learn more about this vision and what it means at all scales.

1993 Nobel Conference: Gustavus Adolphus College

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: July 3rd, 2017

The best way to listen to this audio recording is to download it via this link. According to the Gustavus Adolphus College Archives, “this presentation by Donella H. Meadows was given at the 1993 Nobel Conference on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The theme of the 29th annual conference was Nature Out of Balance: The New Ecology. Meadows was [...]

Video: Sustainable Systems Lecture

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: June 26th, 2017

Learning about sustainable systems from writings and video lectures of Donella (Dana) Meadows is greatly inspiring, uplifting, and enriching. On YouTube, there is video of Dana presenting a lecture on sustainable systems at the University of Michigan. I believe that this talk was a part of the University of Michigan’s Sustainability Lecture Series on March 18, 1999. The following is [...]

Walking Side by Side, Not Hand in Hand

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: August 8th, 2016

I have been reflecting a lot recently on the relationship between the environmental movement and social justice. So when I learned that my friend Archana was going to be attending the BreakFree Northeast Action in Albany, NY, I asked her to write her reflections about the experience. In Albany, NY, trains holding unstable fracked oil run close to local communities, [...]

Bringing Systems Thinking in Schools

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: July 1st, 2016

By Katie Williamson – Students at Lebanon High School, NH Recently, I have been thinking about where visioning and systems thinking fit into school classrooms. What strategies and tools could help students and young people connect with systems? Would they even find systems thinking useful for their own work and goals? So when Marta and I got invited to present in a [...]

Real leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility: A systems view

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: March 11th, 2016

Researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Center call it the “Great Acceleration.” It’s a surge that has been observed since the ’50s in the data of population, exploitation of resources, use of fertilizers, carbon pollution, fishery depletion, biodiversity loss and more. Until the 1950s, the effects of human activities were, by comparison, a small thing — almost undetectable. “In a single lifetime humanity [...]

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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