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In this webinar from 14th June 2022 we were so pleased to hear about the inspiring and original work in two local governments using Doughnut Economics: Brussels, Belgium and Nanaimo, Canada. You can also find both presentations as attachments at the end of this story. 

  • Brussels, Belgium - Starting in 2020, the "Brussels Donut" project explores various ways of implementing the Doughnut Economy in the Brussels Capital Region. It aims at making the Doughnut a shared compass used by all actors of the region, to imagine the future of Brussels and to make coherent decisions in favour of the ecological and social transition. Brussels Donut is financed by the Brussels Capital Region under the patronage of Barbara Trachte, the Brussels’ Regional Secretary of State for Economic Transition. The project is now starting its second phase, during which the focus will be on raising awareness of the Brussels administrations and businesses to help them embark on the Donut journey. It will also deepen the analysis of a plethora of indicators to turn the Brussels Doughnut Portrait into a dashboard for the transition of the Region, by making it live and operational and building collaborations with many public and private stakeholders in the Region.

    To read more about the work in Brussels:
    Brussels Donut project website 

    The work of Brussels Capital Region was presented by Stéphanie Lepczynski, policy adviser for scientific research, European affairs and the Brussels Donut in the cabinet of the Brussels Capital Region's Secretary of State for Economic Transition and Scientific Research. 
     

  • Nanaimo, Canada - In 2020, Nanaimo's City Council passed the following motion: "That the City of Nanaimo adopt the Doughnut Economic Model as a cohesive vision for all City initiatives and planning processes; and that a city portrait for Nanaimo be created to scale down the doughnut economics framework, that the city portrait be blended with the REIMAGINE NANAIMO process and that the appropriate measurable targets and indicators relevant to the community be identified and included in the framework to track progress". The city has since blended the Doughnut with their city visioning process leading to a new City Plan,  and have been using the Doughnut as a unifying framework across the Council, gradually bringing it into a number of policies and strategies - from land use planning, to procurement, to investment.

    To read more about the work in Nanaimo:
    Executive Summary of the City Plan
    Reimagine Nanaimo project webpage
    Information report on Doughnut Economics framework 

         The work of Nanaimo was presented by Nanaimo City Councillor Ben Geselbracht, one of the initiators in the city’s adoption of Doughnut  
         Economics as a planning framework. 
 
We hope you enjoy listening to these two stories of local government-led action.

0:00 Introduction
02:47 Brussels Capital Region, presented by Stéphanie Lepczynski
29:59 Nanaimo City, presented by Cllr Ben Geselbracht

Presentation slides:
Nanaimo presentation
Brussels Capital Region presentation

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