After a yearlong trip from England to Sri Lanka and back, she became a research fellow at MIT , as a member of a team in the department created by Jay Forrester , the inventor of system dynamics as well as the principle of magnetic data storage for computers. She taught at Dartmouth College for 29 years, beginning in Paine Science Education Award in Posthumously, she received the John H. Meadows wrote "The Global Citizen,"  a weekly column on world events from a systems point of view.
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After a yearlong trip from England to Sri Lanka and back, she became a research fellow at MIT , as a member of a team in the department created by Jay Forrester , the inventor of system dynamics as well as the principle of magnetic data storage for computers.
She taught at Dartmouth College for 29 years, beginning in Paine Science Education Award in Posthumously, she received the John H. Meadows wrote "The Global Citizen,"  a weekly column on world events from a systems point of view. Many of these columns were compiled and published as a book by the same name. The award is given to an outstanding individual who has created actions in a global framework toward the sustainability goals Meadows expressed in her writings.
The book reported a study of long-term global trends in population, economics, and the environment. Behrens III. The Balaton Group[ edit ] In , Donella and Dennis Meadows created an international "network of networks" for leading researchers on resource use, environmental conservation, systems modeling, and sustainability.
Since its foundation, the members have met at Lake Balaton , Hungary, every autumn. The Academy for Systems Change, previously known as the Sustainability Institute[ edit ] Meadows founded the Sustainability Institute in , which combined research in global systems with practical demonstrations of sustainable living, including the development of a cohousing or ecovillage and organic farm at Cobb Hill in Hartland, Vermont.
Since then, "If the world were a village of people", derived from her work but further reducing the numbers to those of a village of people, has been published by others in English, Spanish, and Japanese. Twelve leverage points[ edit ].
Meadows, who worked in the field of systems analysis , proposed a scale of places to intervene in a system. Awareness and manipulation of these levers is an aspect of self-organization and can lead to collective intelligence. Her observations are often cited in energy economics , green economics and human development theory. She started with the observation that there are levers, or places within a complex system such as a firm, a city, an economy, a living being, an ecosystem , an ecoregion where a "small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything" compare: constraint in the sense of Theory of Constraints. She claimed we need to know about these shifts, where they are and how to use them.
Twelve leverage points
The video is only a first step in the experiment of how to communicate systems and leverage points in new ways for young audiences, high school and college students, and young professionals in their early careers. This is a critical age, when people have a clearer sense of the complexity of current problems and when a systems perspective might help problem-solve and take action in a more holistic and effective way. We hope you enjoy it and can share it with your community! Even the simplest-seeming systems can turn out to be much more complex than first thought.
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