Posts Tagged ‘growth’

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 [...]

So You Want to Learn About the Economy…

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 22nd, 2013

By Sarah Parkinson

Resources for understanding our financial system and our economic alternatives I’ve learned a lot about the economy since the Donella Meadows Institute launched its Sustainable Economies program earlier this year. I’ve learned about problems with fractional reserve banking and our traditional economic model, and I’ve learned about alternatives like public banks, complementary currencies, and cooperative ownership models. But perhaps the piece [...]

Could Economic Growth Kill Us?

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: November 13th, 2012

By Mark Buchanan

This article was first published on November 11 in Bloomberg. Even if we could maintain perpetual growth, it could lead to disastrous outcomes for our economies and societies. (Image credit: woodleywonderworks) Now that the U.S. presidential election is over, attention has turned to the challenge of keeping the world’s largest economy growing. The underlying assumption is that growth is always the proper [...]

Learning from the Past

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 2nd, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

Looking Backwards to Move Forwards in a Year of Anniversaries Happy anniversary to Silent Spring, The Limits to Growth, and other environmental milestones! (Image credit: lou.veyret via Flickr) While making progress on social and environmental issues requires looking forward with vision and resolve, there’s also good reason to look backwards. This year marks the anniversary of a number of historical events important [...]

Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 21st, 2012

By James Gustave Speth

What single change stands to give Americans more free time, healthier ecosystems, and more meaningful jobs? Slowing down GDP growth can mean more time to do things we love. Image credit: Qfamily via Flickr Editor’s introduction: Gus Speth has been a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advisor to presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the head of the United Nations’ [...]

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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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