Posts Tagged ‘systems thinking’

Putting the New Economy in Context

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 7th, 2014

Three weeks ago I joined more than three hundred thousand people at the People’s Climate March in NYC. As we anxiously waited to start marching, a wave of silence spread from person to person up 60 blocks from the front of the crowd. Our thoughts went out to people from the Andes, arctic regions, and island nations who already have [...]

Food Sovereignty: Solutions are as Interconnected as Problems

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 1st, 2014

young woman in a farm field “People are not hungry in this rich country because there is too little food or money or organization. They are hungry because food, money, and organizations are not used for the purpose of once-and-for-all ending hunger. What is lacking is public commitment, or as some call it, political will.” –Donella Meadows, 1986, Hands Across White River Junction   Kylie gleaning carrots with Willing [...]

A Genuine Talk on Progress and the GPI

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: March 11th, 2014

A woman speaks to a group about the Genuine Progress Idicator “When we hear that the Gross National Product has grown, instead of cheering, we should ask exactly what has grown, for whom, at what cost, and at whose expense. Even better, we should work to develop indicators of national progress that reflect more accurately our real value and our real welfare.” —Donella Meadows, 1988 Elizabeth Courtney, author of Greening Vermont, takes [...]

Entrepreneurship Hothouse: Embedding Values into Business and Business into Values

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

By Pamela Paquin

The Institute’s Hothouse last week put into sharp focus our goal of embedding values into business and business into values. Our intention was to deliver actionable advice and an experience in real time of how to apply it. Put simply, the event included these steps: Research – research your system and see what’s actually needed, who your clients are, and what [...]

Systems Thinking Camp for Adults and Children

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 10th, 2013

By Sarah Parkinson

Camp Snowball immerses adults and children alike in the valuable tools of systems thinking and sustainability education. Here at the Donella Meadows Institute, thinking systemically is one of the pillars of our work. Systems thinking helps us to identify problems, develop solutions, and build a tight, highly functioning team. It’s a skill that’s useful in a variety of situations, especially in [...]

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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