Donella Meadows Fellowship
Balaton Group co-founder Donella Meadows is remembered as a scientist, communicator, teacher, farmer, sustainability leader and one the world’s foremost systems analysts. She was lead author of the pioneering work The Limits to Growth—the 1972 bestseller on global trends in population, economics and the environment. Dana won many honours in her lifetime, and the Balaton Group honours her memory with a Fellowship awarded to young rising stars in sustainability. The aim is to empower young and emerging leaders, especially young women, in sustainability research and practice.
What Fellows say
The Balaton Meeting is not a conference. It is an annual gathering for friends who are passionately debating about environmental, cultural and development issues - always with a systemic approach and creativity. The membership will be one of my most important resources in my whole career. / Béla Kuslits, Hungary
Lists of ideas, possibilities and books to read were getting longer each day. I liked the openness and supportive environment in the room. I wish I could be a bridge from Balaton world to the world I came from. / Ponchan Kraiwatnutsor, Ashoka and Thailand
I never knew thinking could be so diverse. I started feeling ‘egalitarianism’ is at the heart of sustainability. I never knew ‘games’ are not merely child’s play; games are ways to understand behavioural response in complex situations. I gained a lot from interactions with other members. / Shyamasree Desgupta, Thailand
Being part of the Balaton Group is being part of something bigger. It is being part of one of the leading networks in our profession. It is so multifaceted and interdisciplinary. It is like keeping a pulse on world events as they are discussed and analyzed using systems thinking. It is being a witness to research papers, academic concepts and other sustainability initiatives that are being born here and now. / Nora Mzavanadze, Hungary
The Balaton Group is a community of associates, fellows, partners, and friends. A word said by one can provoke a great idea in another. We keep contact by e-mail, Facebook and other means, and we already had several very useful discussions. I would like to thank all the Balatoners - the network is still expanding. From a system standpoint this is exactly the case when the whole is more than just a sum of parts. / Kate Oganessian