than 30 years ago Dennis Meadows began research on the consequences of
growth on a finite planet. Backed by an understanding of complex systems,
sophisticated computer modeling, and timely data, he and his team created
a range of scenarios of the future. Their projections were sobering: given
the world's ever-increasing appetites, the same pattern of growth that
had brought a century of progress could eventually lead to a period of
Now, already stressed by resource demands 20 percent beyond what it can sustainably support, the planet is approaching a dangerous, pivotal period. Food production, environmental quality, climate stability, and availability of key resources may soon encounter "tipping points," when they will race downward at alarming rates.
Meadows contends that only changes in attitudes about population and consumption are likely to divert us from a painful growth and collapse scenario and start us on a path of sustainable development.
He introduces key guiding principles for businesses, governments, communities and individuals, encouraging us to:
--Develop greater awareness of the nature of complex
In this eye-opening vision of possible futures, Meadows spells out the dangers, examines the ways of thinking that have led to this critical point, and offers direction to those who are ready to become part of the solution.
The video offers a powerful way for businesses to alert their workforces to both the potentially dramatic changes ahead in the business environment and to the need for long range planning informed by a greater understanding of complex systems. The clear explanations of the dynamics of growth and sustainable development make the video a unique resource for classrooms and for non-profit organizations with a focus on sustainability.
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Meadows is one of the elders in the system dynamics field and the ranking
expert on systems thinking learning tools for global or "sustainability"
issues. This new DVD captures Dennis at his best—informal, articulate,
insightful. He is an important mentor for us all in facing some of the
most difficult problems humans have ever had to face."