To investigate the appropriateness and adaptability of the Doughnut Economics model to Melbourne’s unique context
To develop preliminary community insights around a regenerative future for Melbourne
To explore the value of a network-based, collaborative methodology to surface findings and recommendations for our road ahead
To achieve the above, we combined the Doughnut Economics City Portrait methodology and a unique community engagement model. Over the past six months, we convened five interactive community forums, undertook 15 leadership interviews, held six roundtables and conducted countless hours of data analysis.
For those who'd like the super short version (!) below is a quick summary of the major insights gained, and the three main outputs of our work so far: a Melbourne Doughnut, a Vision Statement for our city, and a Roadmap for the path ahead.
Our research and community engagement project made three clear findings:
The Doughnut Economics methodology, when downscaled and localised to Melbourne’s context, serves as a powerful new compass for our city. The Doughnut model is highly adaptable and creates the space for impactful community-led conversations about our future. The Doughnut model provides the right framework for the right time as Melbourne emerges from our COVID-19 lockdowns. See Melbourne Doughnut below:
Our community insights process has surfaced an emerging vision for a regenerative Melbourne. The Doughnut model and our unique community engagement model developed potent preliminary insights for Greater Melbourne. The major opportunity now is for further municipal and neighbourhood-level localisation, and the inclusion of the global lens of the City Portrait methodology. See co-created vision for Melbourne below:
The Regen Melbourne network has emerged as an Anchor Collaborative, creating meaningful community connection and activation that can be developed further. This community-led approach to localising the Doughnut model has been marked by the ease and effectiveness of collaboration within the Regen Melbourne network. This has resulted in a co-created shared vision, pathways for continued work and a framework for an aligned way to measure success.
Finally, our work together over the last 6 months has generated a clear roadmap for the Regen Melbourne network. This is shown below, aligned to each of our primary insights. The Regen Melbourne network is now exploring the best ways of activating this Roadmap.
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