Niels Meyer, Alan AtKisson, From Sustainability Science to Real-World Action: A Short History of the Balaton Group, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 5, September 2012, Pages 75-81 ( Abstract: The Balaton Group has been responsible for the creation or accelerated development of a number of innovations in the field of sustainable development. However, to understand the history of the Balaton Group, one must begin with the history of the Club of Rome, and the report that the club sponsored and published in 1972, The Limits to Growth. The Roots of the Balaton Group In April 1968 a group of 30 influential individuals from 10 countries—scientists, academics, economists, humanists, industrialists, and national and international civil servants—gathered in the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome. They met at the invitation of Aurelio Peccei, a prominent Italian industrialist and economist, to discuss what Peccei called the “predicament of mankind.” This new group, which later grew to about 75 people, decided to continue meeting and to call itself the Club of Rome. The club’s conception of the problem of mankind focused on the long-term environmental and resource … Topics: History; Sustainability