Towards more attention for goods and services provided outside the monetary economy

In 2012, Kate Raworth, an English economist working for the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, proposed an alternative to growth economics – the doughnut model. Put simply [and this video is a good starter explanation], the doughnut model looks for ways that we can meet the means of all within the means of the planet. To ensure that everyone lives with access to education, water, housing in a fair and just society – but without overstepping the planetary boundaries. Raworth challenges us to move beyond a reductive and damaging pursuit of economic growth and to create more sustainable progress that allows both us and the planet to prosper. Currently, we breach both of the hard lines that Raworth lays out. Billions of people still live with the doughnut’s ‘hole’ without meeting their basic human rights. On the other side of the economic spectrum, we’re over-taxing the Earth’s resources and pumping out polluters in quantities the planet can’t handle. Measuring success through GDP is becoming unsustainable. There are several countries who have moved to alternative metrics to determine success. Bhutan famously measures prosperity through ‘Gross National Happiness’. Jacinda Arden unveiled New Zealand’s ‘well-being budget’ in 2019 to gauge longer-term impacts on quality of life rather than focussing on short-term output measures. Scotland is seeking to create an economy that aligns citizen wellbeing with GDP when it comes to determining success. But how could Raworth’s model of sustainable economics be applied to a city?




    Kaleopono Norris

    Hilo, Hawaii, United States of America

    Hawaiian culture connects intimately with caring for ecological resources, necessary for surviving global warming impacts.

    Sílvia de Sousa

    Full Sutton, England, United Kingdom

    Orthodox Economics (BLARGH!) + Environmental Economics (HUM?) + Social Policy (Nearly!) = Holistic (MAYBE!) => Doughnuts (HURRAH!)

    Colin Murphy

    Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America

    I'm here to learn about practical applications of doughnut economics in public policymaking settings.

    Shaktari Belew

    Ashland, Oregon, United States of America

    To contribute my Prosocial, Transition Movement, Open Space, Biomimicry, Systems Design, Author, Artist skills to network & learn.

    Anna Campbell

    Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America

    I enjoy learning about regenerative agriculture, circular economic systems, and creating inclusive communities.


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