Donella Meadows Archives

Insuring the Usefulness of Models in Forecasting Human Needs

by Donella H. Meadows & Jennifer M. Robinson Unesco Programme on Research and Human Needs Tbilisi, 6–10 December, 1981 Introduction Mathematical modeling is already used for day-to-day, operational decisions such as route scheduling and inventory management. But the systems problems that most urgently need improved understanding and management are strategic global and universal problems, such as long-term global energy supply, the poverty and hunger of a large portion of [...]

Surprise-rich Futures for New England’s Land

Fall Assembly on A Land Conservation Strategy for New England. Fairlee, Vermont October 18-20, 1987 (A reflection on the future as a choice) Managing land is managing the future Land is a permanent asset. To deal with it in any way is, inescapably, to deal with time and continuity, with the past and the future. The rocks, the soils, the forests, the minerals and fuels [...]

A Reaction From A Multitude

Donella H. Meadows Summary comments on a Symposium on Biotic Impoverishment held at Woods Hole, Massachusetts October 20-23, 1986 Capitalized and bold letters reflect Donella Meadows’s emphasis and formatting choices in the original typewritten notes.  Who is talking here? “I am large. I contain multitudes, ” said Walt Whitman to explain why he sometimes contradicted himself. Every human being contains multitudes. I have never been more [...]

History of the Ideas Underlying the Balaton Group

By Donella Meadows, 1982 In 1980 I organized an international workshop on approaches for ending hunger in the world. Two of my colleagues there, Vernon Ruttan, a distinguished agricultural economist from the University of Minnesota, and John Todd, a marine biologist who founded an institute focused on sustainable agricultural technologies, made two comments that led eventually to the program of The [...]

Food and Population: Policies for the United States

Food and Population: Policies for the United States Article by Donella Meadows, scanned from the Rauner Library Collection.

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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