Posts Tagged ‘limits’

Last Call: The complicated story of a study’s simple findings

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 8th, 2014

Dennis Meadows presenting By Sarah Parkinson Challenging the Existing Paradigm— The message of Limits to Growth is disarmingly simple: we cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet. Earth’s supplies of habitable land, fresh water, arable soil, mineral resources, and more will not be able to continuously satisfy the needs of a rapidly expanding global population and its increasing material demands. Dennis Meadows addresses the audience [...]

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 [...]

The Happiness Initiative: The Serious Business of Well-Being

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: February 26th, 2013

By Laura Musikanski and John de Graaf

Growth in GDP was long ago decoupled from personal indicators of well-being, as many Americans report being overworked, stressed, and lonely. (image credit: Stanley Wood) Happiness: is it just a fad of the day or the wave of the future? On July 19th, 2011, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution urging governments across the globe to start measuring happiness and [...]

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 [...]

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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