Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir, Sustainability, System Thinking, and Envisioning: the Balaton Group Influence, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 5, September 2012, Pages 1-1 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/sustainability-system-thinking-and-envisioning-the-balaton-group-influence/) Abstract: Donella Meadows was renowned for her capacity to envision a sustainable world, and to inspire others to do the same. As she notes in the “Envisioning” section of this issue, a sustainable society isn’t stagnant and authoritarian. She believed a community dedicated to the planet’s health relied on innovation and playfulness focused “on mindfully increasing the quality of life.” This special issue of Solutions has been inspired by Meadows and the organization she founded, along with her husband Dennis, the Balaton Group. This issue is intended to share their creation. It’s been a long journey since the Group’s foundation in the 80s, following the ground-breaking publication of their book, Limits to Growth. Our history charts some of the successes and remaining challenges of the Balaton Group since then. Many of the objectives of the organization have now become standard writ for the global environmental movement. As we chronicle in the issue, sustainability has, … Topics: Sustainability