Resources > Balaton Meeting History

After more than 30 years of meeting at Lake Balaton, the ripples continue to spread outward. In the Archive, read newsletters, minutes and articles dating back to 1982. Key resources on systems thinking and sustainability and the activities of members are also shared here.

Video and Film

Last Call: The untold reasons of the global crisis

This documentary film tells the story of the pioneering book The Limits to Growth.

Meet the Balaton Group

Produced by John de Graaf in 2012, this 18-minute video conveys the spirit of the annual Balaton Group Meeting.

Panel Discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals

Join Balaton Group members at Central European University, September 16, 2014.

Special Issue of Solutions Journal

Sustainability, System Thinking, and Envisioning: the Balaton Group Influence

Setting Down Roots: Dennis Meadows on the Founding and Mission of Balaton

From Sustainability Science to Real-World Action: A Short History of the Balaton Group

Envisioning a Sustainable World


The Limits to Growth

Published in 1972, this groundbreaking study modeled the dynamics of our human presence on the planet. Read online or download a PDF copy.


Two-pager seeking collaboration and contributions


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    Meeting Programs and Participant Lists by Year

    This folder contains all the available participant lists and programs from Balaton Group Meetings held from 1982 (the first meeting) through 2000. Click on the folder above to access the archive.