Regenerative Economics for Secondary Schools

An online, open access textbook to support students and teachers who want to shift the economics education paradigm.

This is an emergent project to develop an open-access, online textbook with activities to support teaching of regenerative economics in secondary schools. The resource is being developed 2023-2024 and a prototype is ready for anyone to try out.

Only Subtopic 1.1 What is the economy? is complete with these Sections:

  • 1.1.1 The economy and you
  • 1.1.2 Human nature
  • 1.1.3 Human-nature relationship
  • 1.1.4 Values in the economy
  • 1.1.5 Summary
  • 1.1.6 Reflection
  • 1.1.7 Taking action

We're trying to design each main content section to be as modular as possible so that teachers can pick up individual sections as and when they can in their mainstream economics courses. At the same time, we are aiming for a coherent set of materials for a two-year course. Flexible use is a priority.

Each main content section is meant for a 40-50 minute class period, especially if students pre-read the text (takes about 8 minutes), for example in a flipped classroom scenario. Each section has a similar 3-part structure: a 'hook', theory, application/short activity to reinforce learning. In addition there are multiple choice questions to check for understanding (requested by student reviewers) and digital flashcards with terminology.

All the materials are student-facing with the hope that interested students without a teacher/mentor could use the materials on their own or with a group. If you have a translator extension in your browser it should be possible to translate the site.

The "taking action" economic transformation piece is still somewhat fuzzy, but the goal is to support place- and project-based learning, investigating lived experience, service, creativity, collaboration. You can see some suggestions for these types of activities in 1.1.7.

We have used Google Sites for the prototype with a unique URL, but this may not be the final platform because of its formatting limitations and accessibility problems in some countries.

There is a feedback button on each page, so please feel free to share your thoughts that way, or by contacting me:




    David Brühlmeier

    Düdingen, Fribourg/Freiburg, Schweiz

    Building bridges for a more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

    Eileen Murphy

    Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deutschland

    I am very interested to learn more and further integrate doughnut economics into my current teaching.

    Helen Hill

    Dili, East Timor

    Fantastic to hear Kate Raworth deliver the Schumaher Lecture on Zoom: now trying to apply her ideas in local govt. in Timor-Leste

    Andrew Crosby

    Geneva, Genève, Switzerland

    Big fan of the doughnut and busy applying it at macro and micro scales.

    Cyrus Mbugua

    Nakuru, Kenya

    To learn about the Donut Economics Model and how to apply it to solve societal problems


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