Monday 21 November 2011 at 17.00
by H.R.H. Prince Philip
On the occasion of a ceremony conferring CoR-EU Honorary membership on him, Dennis Meadows will hold the 80th Aurelio Peccei Lecture under the title:
Learning to live within Limits
Dennis L. Meadows is President of the Laboratory for Interactive Learning and widely known as the co-author of Limits to Growth.
He started working at the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1960s. From 1970 to 1972 at MIT he was director of the "Club of Rome Project on the Predicament of Mankind". Further on Meadows has been a tenured professor in faculties of management, engineering, and social sciences and he has developed innovative and complex strategic games. He has been the Director of three university research institutes: at MIT, Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. He is the Past President of the International System Dynamics Society and the International Simulation and Games Association.
He co-founded the Balaton Group in 1982, a network of professionals in over 30 countries involved in systems science, public policy and sustainable development. He has received numerous international awards for his work, including the Japan Prize in 2009 and several honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and the United States.
Limits to Growth is a study about the future of our planet. On behalf of the Club of Rome, Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jorgen Randers, William Behrens and their team worked on systems analysis at Jay W. Forrester’s institute at MIT. They created a computing model which took into account the relations between various global developments and produced computer simulations for alternative scenarios. Part of the modelling were different amounts of possibly available resources, different levels of agricultural productivity, birth control or environmental protection.
Most scenarios resulted in an ongoing growth of population and of the economy until to a turning point around 2030. Only drastic measures for environmental protection proved to be suitable to change this systems behaviour, and only under these circumstances, scenarios could be calculated in which both world population and wealth could remain at a constant level. However, so far the necessary political measures were not taken.
The first report to the Club of Rome stimulated a world-wide controversial discussion.
A synopsis of the 30-Years Update is available for download.
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The Aurelio Peccei Lecture-Event will take place at the Bibliothèque Solvay
rue Belliard straat 137
Brussels (Parc Leopold Park)
ZIP Code: 1040
Welcome Address and Laudatio by Mark Dubrulle
Address by H.R.H Prince Philip of Belgium
Slides of the presentation by Dennis Meadows