Edie Farwell

Edie Farwell


Edie’s founding vision of the Sustainability Leaders Network (SLN) is that each individual has the opportunity to unfurl their innate talents and passions, and to contribute these gifts in service of global sustainability. She dreams of a respectful, healthy interaction between the Earth and its inhabitants, where most of us are doing all possible to conduct ourselves and our lifestyles to be life-sustaining. Edie strives to increase her capacity to reach this goal, and to encourage and inspire others to join in. From 2002 to 2010, Edie promoted this message of leadership for sustainability by serving as founding director of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program of the Sustainability Institute. The Fellows Program offered transformative leadership skills for sustainability professionals in non-governmental organizations, business, military, tribes, philanthropy, and government. Edie co-designed the curriculum’s focus on systems thinking, reflective conversation, the discipline of vision, and creative expression, and served as a leadership coach for four cohorts of the Fellows Program. Through SLN she continues to work with alumni Fellows and key partners to further their impact as strategic sustainability thought leaders, instigators, and actors. Edie works closely with the Buckminster Fuller Institute and in 2009 served on the jury for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge to award a $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. Previously Edie was director of the Association for Progressive Communications where she coordinated the early adoption of information and communication technology by an international network of civil society organizations, including several United Nations world conferences in the 1990’s. Edie has an MA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College. She lives in the Cobb Hill Cohousing experiment in sustainable living that Donella Meadows co-founded in Hartland, Vermont.

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Sharing the Bounty, Stewarding the Planet: Systems Thinking for Emerging Leaders

To grapple with the complexity of current challenges, leaders today need training in a variety of sophisticated tools and methodologies. To that end, Sustainability…

Getting to the Root: Meadows Fellows Build Capacity in Systems Tools

The first snow of the year fell on the eve of the Fellows’ arrival. This was the fourth and final workshop of the second…