Tribute to Dana Meadows

Published: April 22nd, 2001

By Priscilla Sears

~Professor, English Department, Dartmouth College~

I am Priscilla Sears from the English Department. Dana was my colleague, my friend, and often my sustainer. After the publication of Beyond the Limits Dana told me that the editors had insisted that she shorten the comments about love as a sina qua non of sustainability. She comments about love on the cover of the program:

Operate on love. One is not allowed to say that in public any more. Anyone who calls upon the human capacity for brotherly and sisterly love, generosity, compassion, will be met with a hail of cynicism. Once when I tried to do so, a hight government official stood up to say, “Of all scarce resources, love is the scarcest.” I just don’t believe that. Love is not a scarce resource, it is an untapped one.

I loved Dana Meadows, and she had loved the poem by Jane Kenyon called”Let Evening Come.”

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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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