Every month I get a kind of Reader's Digest for people interested in the future. It's called Future Survey, issued by the World Future Society. Each month it contains about 50 extended summaries of recent publications about the paths -- economic, environmental, social -- we seem to be following. The November 2000 issue, for example, starts with a review of a Cato Institute book called It's Getting Better All the Time. American average life span rose from 47 years in 1900 to 77 in 1998. Median household wealth has doubled since 1965. The fraction of the population living in poverty …
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Donella H. Meadows (1941-2001) was an adjunct professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College and director of the Sustainability Institute in Hartland, Vt.