Posts Tagged ‘systems thinking’

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 [...]

USSEE Conference and Call for Papers

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: February 12th, 2013

    The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will hold its 2013 Conference on June 9-12 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont. DMI is pleased to be a sponsor for the conference, which will be hosted by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. The event is organized around the theme of “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for [...]

Learning to Connect the Dots: Developing Children’s Systems Literacy

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 24th, 2012

By Linda Booth Sweeney

A brief interaction between the author and her four-year-old son at a traffic rotary illuminates the awareness young children have, often overlooked, of systems and connectedness. (Image credit: Tauno Tõhk) In Brief How can can adults nurture children’s capacity to “connect the dots” through everyday conversations and activities? How can educators build an environment that leads children to see the patterns that [...]

Managing Complexity: A Simulation’s Insights into Climate Change

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 19th, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

Using the En-ROADS simulation tool to visualize our energy choices and understand their implications Elizabeth Sawin When we talk about climate change, we’re really talking about systems—a whole web of linked issues. We can’t really discuss the eroding health of our planet without bringing up the causes of that decline, such as habitat destruction and resource extraction. Mention of resource extraction brings [...]

From Sustainability Science to Real-World Action: A Short History of the Balaton Group

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 15th, 2012

By Neils Meyer, Alan AtKisson

The Balaton Group is named for Lake Balaton in Hungary, where meetings have been held for most of the past 30 years. In the 1980s, Hungary proved an informally neutral ground between the Soviet bloc and Western nations. (image credit: Zsolt Halasi) The Balaton Group has been responsible for the creation or accelerated development of a number of innovations in the [...]

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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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