Doughnut Economics

Videos & Discussion Led By Phil Metz

pixabay glazed donut 992767 640Have you wondered how public policies that stress unending GDP growth can square with a sustainable future for humanity:  How can we grow indefinitely on a finite planet with definite ecological limits – several of which have already been breached?  What is the economic theory behind such GDP growth policies?  Is this economic theory valid as we reach the limits of growth?  And if not, what sort of economic system do we need to build a sustainable future?

Welcome to Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics in which Kate dissects the assumptions and implications of neoclassical economics – the economic theory that underlies GDP growth-focused public policy worldwide – and demonstrates how these assumptions are not valid in a bounded world with a limited “environmental ceiling”, the earth’s ecological carrying capacity. 
Having thus set the stage, Raworth proposes that we change the goal of economics from GDP growth to moving into “the doughnut”, the safe and just space for humanity bounded by the environmental ceiling of planetary pressure and by the social foundation of human well-being. 

We will explore Doughnut Economics via two Kate Raworth videos:

• Introducing ‘The Doughnut’ of social and planetary boundaries for development (Oxfam International 2012):  This short video introduces the Doughnut concept, highlights key breaches of the Environmental Ceiling and demonstrates that the Social Foundation may be achievable. 

• Why it’s time for ‘Doughnut Economics’ (TEDx Athens 2014):  “What language would you choose if you wanted to change the world?”, Kate Raworth asks.  Economics”, she concludes.  But economic theory is centuries out of date and that's a disaster for tackling the 21st century's challenges of climate change, poverty, and inequality.  So Raworth flips economic thinking on its head to give a crash course in alternative economics, explaining in three minutes what they'll never teach you in three years of a degree. Find out why it's time to get into the doughnut. 

We will conclude with a group discussion and action planning session led by Phil Metz. 

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Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Chang`e and Management. She is also a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Her internationally acclaimed idea of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists, and she has presented it to audiences ranging from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement. Her book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist was published in the UK and US in April 2017 and translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese. Over the past 20 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam.
Kate holds a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development, both from Oxford University. She is a member of the Club of Rome and serves on several advisory boards, including the Stockholm School of Economics’ Global Challenges programme, the University of Surrey’s Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

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An Introductory Article By Rod Kirk

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A virtual presentation by Professor Jessika Trancik, published in February 2016. 

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Jessika Trancik is an Associate Professor of Energy Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research specializes in evaluating the environmental impacts and costs of energy technologies, and setting design targets to help accelerate the development of these technologies. Her work involves collecting and analyzing expansive datasets to develop models and theory. She has studied projects on electricity and transportation, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion and storage technologies. She received her BS in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and her PhD in materials science from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

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Presentation Is Available For Download Here



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