The Lindisfarne Tapes

Donella Meadows: Deconstructing Policymaking

Episode Summary

Environmental scientist Donella Meadows analyzes some of the contradictory priorities and assumptions about reality which underlie and confuse policy making. Meadows is known as lead author of The Limits to Growth and Thinking in Systems: a Primer. (Episode photo courtesy of

Episode Notes

The Lindisfarne Tapes are selected recordings of presentations and conversations at the Lindisfarne Fellows’ meetings. In March of 2013 William Thompson granted permission to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics to transfer the talks from the old reel-to-reel tapes to digital format so that they could be posted online and shared freely. In 2021, the Schumacher Center used the digital audio to create the Lindisfarne Tapes Podcast. Reposting should include acknowledgment of Learn more about the Lindisfarne Tapes here.

Meadows delivered this lecture in 1976 at the Lindisfarne Fellows Conference, "Economics and the Moral Order."