Translating the Doughnut into a Danish context

Webinar: Practitioners in law, economics and social sciences explore how to integrate Doughnut Economics in Denmark

During 2021, the Danish Trade Union “Djøf” and the green grassroots network of union members “DjøfereForFuture” hosted 3 dialogue sessions, introducing union members to the concept of Doughnut Economics and sparking reflection on how to integrate the core ideas of Doughnut Economics in their practice.

This recording 'Doughnut Economics in Practice' shows an exciting conversation between Economist Kate Raworth; Eveline Jonkhoff, Strategic Advisor on Circular Economy to the City of Amsterdam; and Rasmus Steenberger, representing DjøfereForFuture. In this session, we are introduced to the concept of Doughnut Economics and explore how it has been applied in practice in the City of Amsterdam. The session ends with reflections on how the principles of Doughnut Economics can be applied in a Danish context, from the national scale through to municipalities and cities. 

Djøf is a Danish trade union, representing members who study or work within the areas of law, economics, strategy, management, administration, politics, business, research, communication and more. Spanning key areas of the Danish economy, Djøf and its more than 100,000 members are important actors in bringing about a green, just transition in Denmark. DjøfereForFuture is an informal, green grassroots network of union members, focused on generating insights and sparking debate among Djøf members on their role in achieving a sustainable future. 

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00:00 - Introduction by Rasmus Steenberger, DjøfereForFuture.

04:00 - Doughnut Economics – Can we live in the Doughnut? by Kate Raworth, Economist. In this presentation, Kate introduces Doughnut Economics and asks how the City of Copenhagen, inspired by the Doughnut, can transform to be in service of a thriving future.

25:00 - Amsterdam Circular 2020-2025 by Eveline Jonkhoff, Strategic Advisor and manager of the Circular Economy program in the City of Amsterdam. In this presentation, Eveline shares the journey of Amsterdam towards a thriving, regenerative and inclusive city, which respects planetary boundaries.

38:00 - Question and Answer session. The Q&A session takes us through reflections on how Doughnut economics has made a difference for Amsterdam by changing the economic paradigm (38:20)

  • what changes to policy instruments are needed (42:25)
  • how to involve the perspective of the youth and the yet unborn generations through future design workshops (43:20)
  • how to measure and monitor success (45:30)
  • perspectives on how capitalism and expectations of endless economic growth relates to Doughnut Economics, in which Kate opens the ‘black box of Capitalism’ and inspires us to reflect on the ‘existential Economics question of the 21st Century’ (50:15)
  • how to convince people to consume less and how could city banks be setup to better service local businesses and communities (55:00)
  •  how to facilitate bottom up citizen engagement and the inspiring example of the citizen led Amsterdam Doughnut Coalition (01:01:13)
  • how to deal with opposition, how to build momentum for change with a broad stakeholder group and how to link this to recovering from the covid-19 pandemic (01:05:50)
  • how to reach people in leadership positions, how to inspire leadership and motivate change (01:09:58)
  • how to start a Doughnut Action Movement in Copenhagen, how to engage with other change makers and how to work with the framework in an education context (1:14:20)
  • lessons learned from Amsterdam in experimenting with the Doughnut Framework (01:17:27)
  • inspiring examples of Doughnut Economics change makers and action from around the globe (01:19:32)
  • a reflection on bringing the ideas of circularity of waste streams to life in Amsterdam (01:13:18)
  • ending with key advice for moving forward with Doughnut Economics in Copenhagen: “Just do it, learn from it and improve” (01:25:18)

01:28:45 - The End. wrap up and thanks.




    Torben Kulasingam


    Working as civil engineer within sustainable building - and urban design, and passionate about the ideas of Doughtnut Economy

    Marten Susebeek

    Copenhagen, Region Hovedstaden, Denmark

    Making the world a better place, in a people, planet & profit sustainable way is something I am highly committed to.


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