Donella Meadows

About Donella Meadows

One of the most influential environmental thinkers of the twentieth century, pioneering the field of systems thinking.



Dr. Donella Meadows, a Pew Scholar in Conservation and Environment and a MacArthur Fellow, was one of the most influential environmental thinkers of the twentieth century, pioneering the field of systems thinking. After receiving a Ph.D in biophysics from Harvard, she joined a team at MIT applying the relatively new tools of system dynamics to global problems. She became principal author of The Limits to Growth (1972), which sold more than 9 million copies in 26 languages. She went on to author or co-author eight other books, including Thinking In Systems (2008).

In 1996, Donella Meadows founded the Sustainability Institute (now called Academy for Systems Change) with the mission of fostering transitions to sustainable systems at all levels of society, from local to global.

(Adapted from DonellaMeadows.org)




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