It’s competition time!

Have you got a brilliant idea for 21st century economics? Can you tell it short and sweet? If the answer is yes! yes! then this competition is just for you . . .

Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist proposes seven mindset shifts to make economics fit for addressing this century’s challenges. But many other shifts are needed too so, in order to explore them, I joined forces with Rethinking Economics – the international student movement for pluralism in economics education – to launch a competition based on this challenge:

We’ve got a totally stellar panel of judges – all economic re-thinkers themselves – who are ready to review your entries and select the very best as winners. And there are separate categories for school students, university students, and everyone else – so yes, your idea really does stand a chance of standing out. Check out the full competition details here and please help spread the message far and wide in your networks – with the hashtag #8thwaytothink – because we want to celebrate all the fantastic new economic thinking that is bubbling up. So get rethinking and good luck!

UPDATE, 28 May 2019: We received over 250 fabulous entries to the competition – thanks to everyone who entered, we are delighted by this response – and these entries are currently being reviewed by our team of judges. We will be announcing the results on social media (Twitter, Facebook) and here on Kate’s blog:

School entries: Tuesday 4th June

Universities entries: Wednesday 5th June

Everyone else entries: Thursday 6th June

A surprise prize for everyone! Friday 7th June

So keep your eyes open! The trophies are ready and waiting…

18 thoughts on “It’s competition time!

  1. Saffron
    28 January 2019 at 13:25

    Kate, the link to competition details 404’s.


  2. Saffron
    28 January 2019 at 13:27


    update: the link only 404’s from the email link not the website.



  3. Rod Holden
    28 January 2019 at 13:31

    yep, true…404 from the email

  4. 28 January 2019 at 13:34

    Same trouble with the 404 yet we’d love to join in !

  5. de Koning
    28 January 2019 at 13:51

    The 404 error is still coming up…..
    Hope it gets soughted out.


  6. Dave Spreen
    28 January 2019 at 14:00

    I think this is the correct URL:

  7. Otto
    28 January 2019 at 15:23

    There is a way to solve all environment/energy/pollution problems so that humans can consume/pollute/waste as much as they like so have no worries about any of that the planet can absorb. Not an overnight solution – how could it be.

    Have a user friendly policy(there are some) to drastically reduce the world’s population. For the UK (50 million overpopulated and using more than its fair share of the ecosphere) not any other country, it is easily done with no effort. As 250,000 odd leave the UK each year and if no immigration then in 4 years the population is reduced by 1 million! That’s if leavers continue at that rate – will be slower no doubt and stop but a good start.

    Harms the economy? You want no sacrifices to benefit your children’s progeny? OK just keep on dealing with the symptoms not the cause.

    Toxic air pollution – no problem just wear the appropriate mask all the time, damn the expense; concrete everywhere keeps your shoes out of the mud; polluted water, no problem, buy bottled water; tolerate the extra chemicals needed to produce the extra food needed from depleted soils etc.. Don’t think about that these consume the ecosphere more unfairly to all. The future’s bright if you patch and mend right I don’t think.

  8. Phil Nichols
    28 January 2019 at 16:15

    Think like a loving family; feed all the children well, not just some of them while starving others.

    1. 14 February 2019 at 18:00

      “Naming is framing, so let’s rename and reframe the future of development…” — Kate Raworth, “Doing the Doughnut at the G20?

      Not just think. Act “… like a loving family; feed all the children well, not just some of them while starving others.”

      However, to do so, we need to leap away from #TheWealthOfNatiions gven that there’s nothing so powerful as #TheWealthOfGlobalization whose time has come to change the direction towards the #BrightGlobalization n order to help emerge the #SystemicCivilization. All hashtags that come from Twitter follow Kate’s quote.

  9. Dana Pop
    28 January 2019 at 16:54

    Hi All,
    Thank you so much for making us aware of the issue with the link from the email. We will try to resolve this as soon as possible.
    Thank you for your patience,
    Doughnut Economics Assistant

  10. Doris Luther
    28 January 2019 at 17:53

    We need to switch all currency and currency exchange to calories instead of dollars or euros or whatever.

  11. 28 January 2019 at 19:35

    Dear Kate et al.
    I would say that moving towards more collaborative and less competitive forms of organisation would be a fine approach. I would enter the competition with this idea, but that would be a rather peculiar contradiction in terms. Still, I do believe that setting up things as competitions is part of the problem and therefore I think that it would be more interesting if this event would not be a competition in the first place. Isn´t it an excessively easy way of promoting events and making them fun/engaging? Indeed, isn´t individualism and the competition-driven logic at the very heart of neoliberalism?… Does it make sense to do this in a competitive way then when what we want is a different form of social organisation beyond what is told in standard economics classes that put so much emphasis in marketing approaches?…

    1. Susan (Suez) Jacobson
      28 January 2019 at 19:49


  12. Wendy Tubman
    28 January 2019 at 21:44

    Every time we submit a tax return we indicate how we would like our taxes spent (eg 30% on environment, 20% on education, 20% on health, 10% on aid, 10% on public transport, 10% on arts). We could use 5% intervals rather than 10% in order to get a greater range of items.

    While it wouldn’t be compulsory for government to follow the suggestions, they (when published) would give a good idea of how well the government was following the will of the people (when compared with annual budgets) and help at election time.

    I believe Paris has done something similar at a local level.

  13. 29 January 2019 at 00:27

    It would help if the link to the competition worked.

  14. 29 January 2019 at 12:56

    This is my second attempt to leave a reply. I guess Akismet block my first reply that was meant to suggest potential impact on Venezuela, where I suggest embracing a win-win transformation to The Wealth of Globalization before transition, as opposed to a win-lose transition to a new government without transformation that would waste that crisis of The Wealth of Nations.

    As an example, please consider my website as a source to be competitive, for example, using my Jan 5, 2019 reply “Addressing the Invisible Hole in Doughnut Economics” which the first to “The Invisible Hole in Doughnut Economics” by Diderik van Wingerden on Jul 13, 2018.

  15. 29 January 2019 at 21:53


    Thinking like a 21th century economist requires
    – substituting GDP as goal,
    – seeing the big picture,
    – nurturing human nature,
    – applying systems thinking,
    – designing distributive and regenerative systems and
    – being agnostic about growth.

    An idea that connects them all and may in darkness bind them is that the economy can and should be designed and built systematically.
    The idea that transcends them all and can connect them in the light is that economics is about organising what we need, together.
    It is about organising to inspire, show, create and build connectedness.

    Acting like a future oriented economist requires performance: communicating in a performative way, aware that language and visuals create our society.
    Language and visuals can divide people and they can connect them.
    They can incite people to seek rent on what they ‘own’ and to get the largest possible share of the pie.
    Even claiming a ‘fair share’ divides.
    Language and visuals can also inspire people to see their connectedness, to seek common wealth and to organise accordingly.
    A future oriented economist seeks to inspire.

    Thinking like a 21th century economist implies
    – trusting rather than setting goals,
    – sharing insights to broaden other people’s perspectives rather than pretending to see the whole picture single-handedly,
    – transcending human nature,
    – nurturing naturally growing and adapting systems,
    – envisioning sharing and regenerative societies and
    – expecting visions to become true through the inherent inspirational strength of words and visuals.
    A 21th century economist inspires before and above all else.

  16. 31 January 2019 at 19:26

    What’s up, after reading this awesome article i am as well cheerful to share my know-how here with colleagues.