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Dennis Meadows

The Limits to Growth, 1972

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Dennis Meadows (born 1942) is an American scientist, Professor of Systems Management and Director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire. Meadows has a PhD in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served on the faculty and did pioneering work on The Limits to Growth study. He also holds four honorary doctorates from European universities and has lectured in over 50 countries. He has been the Director of three university research institutes: at MIT, Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire.

Meadows co-founded the Balaton Group, a network of around 300 professionals in over 30 nations involved in systems science, public policy and sustainable development. He is also the Past President of the International System Dynamics Society and the International Simulation and Games Association. He continues to lecture around the world.   

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Dennis L. Meadows: Part 1, Background to the Limits to Growth

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the background to the book with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 2, Controversies and Scenarios

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about controversies and scenarios with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 3, Comparison with Actual Trends

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about comparison with actual trends with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 4, The Use of Computer Modelling

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the use of computer modelling with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 5, China and the Limits to Growth

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about China and the limits to growth with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 6, Policy Response and the Dynamics of Change

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about policy response and the dynamics of change with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 7, The Response of Business

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the response of business with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 8, Growth versus Development

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about growth versus development with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 9, Looking to the Future

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about looking to the future with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 10, Overshot and Collapse

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about overshot and collapse with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Dennis L. Meadows: Part 11, The Next 30 Years

In this video, Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the next 30 years with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 30 September 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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Other Books (Selection)

Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future (Meadows, Meadows and Randers, Earthscan, 1992)

Alternatives to Growth: A Search for Sustainable Futures (edited by Dennis Meadows, Ballinger, 1992)

Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update (Meadows, Meadows and Randers, Chelsea Green, 2004)

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