Donella (Dana) Meadows inspired countless individuals with her pioneering work in systems thinking, her strong voice in support of a just and sustainable world, and her undefeatable optimism. Her ideas and writing remain as influential today as ever. The Global Citizens blog is an ever-growing collection of reports, reflections, commentaries, thoughts, and stories by people striving to fulfill Dana's vision of a world that aligns environmental, social, and economic systems. Read on to learn more about this vision and what it means at all scales.

Dennis Meadows on the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Limits to Growth

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: March 4th, 2022

Richard Heinberg– Only rarely does a book truly change the world. In the nineteenth century, such a book was Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. For the twentieth century, it was The Limits to Growth. Not only did this best-selling 1972 publication help spur the environmental movement, but it showed that the underlying dynamics of the modern industrial [...]

Learning from Dana, a Mentor and Friend

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: August 1st, 2017

At the May 19th 2016, Heroes & Leaders celebration of mentors in the Upper Valley, Elizabeth Sawin, Co-Director of Climate Interactive delivered a keynote speech focused on what she learned about mentoring from one of her mentors, long-time Upper Valley resident, Donella (Dana) Meadows. Elizabeth worked with her from 1995 until Donella’s death in 2001. We asked Elizabeth to share the list of six traits [...]

1993 Nobel Conference: Gustavus Adolphus College

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: July 3rd, 2017

The best way to listen to this audio recording is to download it via this link. According to the Gustavus Adolphus College Archives, “this presentation by Donella H. Meadows was given at the 1993 Nobel Conference on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The theme of the 29th annual conference was Nature Out of Balance: The New Ecology. Meadows was [...]

Video: Sustainable Systems Lecture

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: June 26th, 2017

Learning about sustainable systems from writings and video lectures of Donella (Dana) Meadows is greatly inspiring, uplifting, and enriching. On YouTube, there is video of Dana presenting a lecture on sustainable systems at the University of Michigan. I believe that this talk was a part of the University of Michigan’s Sustainability Lecture Series on March 18, 1999. The following is [...]

Walking Side by Side, Not Hand in Hand

Posted by Marta Ceroni, Published: August 8th, 2016

I have been reflecting a lot recently on the relationship between the environmental movement and social justice. So when I learned that my friend Archana was going to be attending the BreakFree Northeast Action in Albany, NY, I asked her to write her reflections about the experience. In Albany, NY, trains holding unstable fracked oil run close to local communities, [...]

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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