Limits to Growth Resources

Tipping Point podcast (2023)


We are incredibly appreciative of this powerful work of truth-telling around the role of Dana Meadows in the making of The Limits to Growth in the context of the US and global political and policy context.

Tipping Point: The True Story of The Limits to Growth is the “culmination of a four-year research effort to understand why humanity ignored the seminal 1972 book, and what we can learn from it. Based on late author Dana Meadows’ unpublished memoirs and featuring rare original audio recordings, this podcast accompanies Dana and Dennis Meadows and their team of scientists on their mission to educate the world about coming ecological crises and their solutions.”

Tipping Point was researched, created, and produced by Katy Shields and Vegard Beyer

BBC Radio Episode with Kate Raworth (2023)

In this Great Lives episode, Ecological Economist Kate Raworth and Donella Meadows Project Director Marta Ceroni discuss the life and work of Dana Meadows. Kate Raworth never met Dana Meadows, but felt an immediate kinship when she picked up her book, Thinking in Systems. Like Dana, Kate Raworth believes that economics needs a fundamental restructuring to make it fit for all life on Earth. To this end, she founded the Doughnut Economics Action Lab, an international network working on reframing economic narratives, influencing policy, and supporting practical innovations.

The Limits to Growth at 50 (2022)

In this presentation at the r3.0 conference, Donella Meadows Project director Marta Ceroni reflects on the relevance of Limits to Growth fifty years later (with a brief introduction by Ralph Thurm, conference core organizer).

What was Limits to Growth about? It was about us. It was about the future of human existence in the context of global population, the economy, resource consumption, and pollution rising exponentially within the finite capacity of Earth. This 17min presentation revisits the warning and promise of The Limits to Growth from the hopeful, adaptive stance that Dana Meadows has embodied through her life.

Last Call documentary (2014)

Last Call is a documentary film that tells the story of the groundbreaking 1972 Limits to Growth study. With a wealth of high-quality historic footage and extensive interviews with the core Limits to Growth team, Last Call explores the thinking leading up to the study, the storm of controversy it sparked upon its publication, and the ways the sustainability narrative has changed over the past decades. At its core, it is a revealing look at the complexities and roadblocks involved in creating a paradigm shift–even one grounded in good data.

We worked with the Last Call team both during the making of the film and afterwards. Shortly after the film’s US premier at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC, the Donella Meadows Project organized two very successful Last Call events that brought together students and community members for discussion and screenings of the film in collaboration with film director Enrico Cerasuolo, co-author Dennis Meadows, and former colleague of Dana Meadows Beth Sawin, Director of Multisolving Institute (formerly at Climate Interactive).


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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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