Launching Melbourne’s City Portrait (Past)

An evening of engaging discussion and celebration of Australia’s first measurable Doughnut.

Join us to launch Australia’s first data-informed City Portrait. The evening will include engaging discussion and celebration, led by Kate Raworth (author of Doughnut Economics), the RM team and a selection of leaders across research, policy and community. 

While Melbourne consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world, that title conceals an uncomfortable  fact: our city is currently living beyond its means. How can Melbourne be home to thriving people, in a thriving place, while respecting the wellbeing of all people and the health of the whole planet?

The journey to answer this question through a City Portrait for Greater Melbourne started in 2020, when Regen Melbourne was born in the dual crisis of the Black Summer fires and COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the Melbourne Doughnut was created as a compass, using Doughnut Economics to shape a vision for the city. We released our report, Towards a Regenerative Melbourne, in April 2021 as a roadmap for protecting and enhancing our city. Over the past year, we have embarked on perhaps our most ambitious challenge yet: collectively measuring the progress of our city. 

In an Australian first, the City Portrait for Greater Melbourne will present the social and ecological elements that make up our city’s systems and the relationship among them, exploring how our city is performing in relation to the ‘safe and just’  space of the Melbourne Doughnut. We have led a highly collaborative process, working with dozens of researchers and practitioners across academia, government and industry. From this, a rich and engaging platform has emerged that paints a picture of Melbourne’s current state and its potential.

Our launch coincides with the first ever 

# GlobalDonutDay hashtag_lookup:#GlobalDonutDay - a day of distributed, community-led, local festivals celebrating the localisation of the Doughnut around the world. 



    Maroushka Saldanha


    Communications Lead @ Regen Melbourne. Learning, thinking and doing regeneration in service to our city.

    Katherine Cunningham

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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    Francine Tavares

    Gold Coast

    I'm a circular thinker, leading sustainability and ESG strategies at Conexus.Earth, an Aussie consultancy tracking sustainability


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