“I was brought up in Thatcher times, in Reagan times, with the idea that there’s no alternative to our economic model,” says Van Doorninck, Amsterdam's deputy mayor. “Reading the doughnut was like, Eureka! There is an alternative! Economics is a social science, not a natural one. It’s invented by people, and it can be changed by people."
“It’s not that every day-to-day city project has to start with the doughnut, but the model is really part of our DNA now,” says Lianne Hulsebosch, IJburg’s sustainability adviser. “You notice in the conversations that we have with colleagues. We’re doing things that 10 years ago we wouldn’t have done because we are valuing things differently.”
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