The Balaton Group

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"The International Network of Resource Information Centers, more commonly known as "The Balaton Group," is an international network of researchers and practitioners in fields related to systems and sustainability. Founded in 1982 by Dennis Meadows and Donella Meadows—co-authors of the ground-breaking book "The Limits to Growth"—the Balaton Group is a cross-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and inter-generational meeting point for leaders and thinkers in sustainable development...

"Since its first meeting, nearly 400 participants from over 40 countries have participated in the Group. About one-third of the participants have been women. Lake Balaton was chosen as the site of the first meeting, because Hungary permitted easy assembly of scientists and practitioners from East and West, North and South. Hungary has remained the site of the annual meeting." [1]


Accessed June 2013: [2]

Steering Committee Members (Board of Directors)

Special Advisors (including Former Members of the Board)

Accessed June 2013: [3]


"A wide range of agencies and individuals have provided the Balaton Group financial and resource support over the last three decades. Individual resource contributors have been considerable, but for brevity only the institutional contributions are listed alphabetically below: [1]

   Aachener Stiftung Kathy Beys
   Jenifer Altman Foundation
   AtKisson, Inc.
   Change Agent, Inc.
   Central Hispano
   Community Foundation Silicon Valley
   Compton Foundation
   Nathan Cummings Foundation
   Fred Gellert Foundation
   Global Business Network
   Merck Family Fund
   John Merck Fund
   Mitchell Energy & Development Corp.
   Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
   Myer Foundation
   National Association for Science Technology & Society
   New Hampshire Charitable Fund
   New Hampshire Institute of Art
   New Road Map Foundation
   Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
   Pegasus Communications
   Rockefeller Brothers Fund
   Rockefeller Foundation
   Rocky Mountain Institute
   Norsk Hydro
   Soroptimist International NE Conference
   Summit Foundation
   System Consulting, Inc.
   Technical University of Denmark
   United Nations Association
   United Nations Environment Programme
   University of New Hampshire
   Wallace Global Fund



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  1. Balaton Group About, organizational web page, accessed June 18, 2013.
  2. Balaton Group People, organizational web page, accessed June 18, 2013.
  3. Balaton Group People, organizational web page, accessed June 18, 2013.