Introducing the Amsterdam City Doughnut

Today is the launch of the Amsterdam City Doughnut, which takes the global concept of the Doughnut and turns it into a tool for transformative action in the city of Amsterdam. It’s also the first public presentation of the holistic approach to ‘downscaling the Doughnut’ that an international team of us have been developing for more than a year. We never imagined that we would be launching it in a context of crisis such as this, but we believe that the need for such a transformative tool could hardly be greater right now, and its use in Amsterdam has the chance to inspire many more places – from neighbourhoods and villages to towns and cities to nations and regions – to take such a holistic approach as they begin to reimagine and remake their own futures.

The Doughnut was first published in 2012, proposing a social foundation and ecological ceiling for the whole world. Ever since then people have asked: can we downscale the Doughnut so that we can apply it here – in our town, our country, our region? Over the past eight years there have been many innovative initiatives exploring different approaches to doing just that – including for the Lake Erhai catchment in China, for the nations of South Africa, Wales and the UK, and for a comparison of 150 countries.

Today sees the launch of a new and holistic approach to downscaling the Doughnut, and we are confident that it has huge potential at multiple scales – from neighbourhood to nation – as a tool for transformative action. Amsterdam is a great place for launching this tool because this city has already placed the Doughnut at the heart of its long-term vision and policymaking, and is home to the Amsterdam Donut Coalition, a network of inspiring change-makers who are already putting the Doughnut into practice in their city.

When the Doughnut meets Biomimicry

This new holistic approach to downscaling the Doughnut started out as a playful conceptual collaboration between the biomimicry thinker Janine Benyus and me, as we sought to combine the essence of our contrasting ways of thinking about people and place. It then became a collaborative initiative, led by Doughnut Economics Action Lab (we are so new we don’t have a website yet – but watch this space!) working very closely with fantastic colleagues at Biomimicry 3.8, Circle Economy and C40 Cities, all collaborating as part of the Thriving Cities Initiative, funded by the KR Foundation.

The result is a holistic approach that embraces social and ecological perspectives, both locally and globally. Applied at the scale of a city, it starts by asking this very 21st century question:

It’s a question that combines local aspiration – to be thriving people in a thriving place – with a global responsibility to live in ways that respect all people and the whole planet. As Janine put it in her characteristically poetic way, ‘when a bird builds a nest in a tree, it takes care not to destroy the surrounding forest in the process’. How can humanity also learn to create settlements big and small that promote the wellbeing of their inhabitants, while respecting the wider living communities in which they are embedded?

To dive into these issues, we explore four interdependent questions, applied in this case to Amsterdam:

These questions turn into the four ‘lenses’ of the City Doughnut, producing a new ‘portrait’ of the city from four inter-connected perspectives. Drawing on the city’s current targets for the local lenses, as well as on the Sustainable Development Goals and the planetary boundaries for the global lenses, we compared desired outcomes for the city against statistical snapshots of its current performance (see the published tool for full details).

To be clear, this city portrait is not a report and assessment of Amsterdam: it is a tool and starting point, ideal for using in workshops to open up new insights and bring about transformative action. The current coronavirus lockdown means that such workshops are on hold at the moment, but changemakers in the city are already finding creative ways to sustain momentum, including through many of the 8 ways that set out below.

Our team at the Thriving Cities Initiative has also worked with city staff to create city portraits for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Portland, Oregon (these are not yet published) and the initial workshops that have been held to date in all three cities have brought together policymakers and change-makers in dynamic and thought-provoking discussions.

Workshops for city officials and community representatives in Philadelphia, Portland and Amsterdam, 2019

And here’s what we think is the real opportunity. The City Portraits that our team has made are what we call public portraits of the cities – made using publicly available targets and data. What if a city were to turn this into its own self portrait, gathering together residents’ lived experiences, their values, hopes and fears, their ideas and initiatives, their own understanding of their deep interconnections with the rest of world? The process of creating such City Self Portraits is, we believe, what will make this tool really take off.

From Public Portrait to City Selfie

Imagining Amsterdam’s City Selfie…

The likelihood of this happening in Amsterdam is high, thanks to the newly launched Amsterdam Donut Coalition: a network of over 30 organisations – including community groups, commons-based organisations, SMEs, businesses, academia and local government – that are already putting Doughnut Economics into practice in their work. Working together they are becoming a catalyst for transformative change, generating inspiration and action within Amsterdam and far beyond.

The Amsterdam Donut Coalition, founding meeting, December 2019

If you are interested in applying this tool for downscaling the Doughnut to your own place – your neighbourhood, village, town, city, region, nation – please do let us know by filling in this short form. Doughnut Economics Action Lab is already working on creating version 2.0 of the methodology and, once ready, we plan to share it on our forthcoming platform, which will make working collaboratively like this far easier and more effective. Our newly created team at DEAL is currently focused on setting up this platform, so please be a little patient, and by the end of May we will get in touch with our plans for taking this downscaling work forward.

Everyone is likewise welcome to leave responses and suggestions about Amsterdam’s City Doughnut, and the City Doughnut tool, below in the Comments section of this blog. I am currently focused on working with DEAL’s fast-growing team, as well as homeschooling my two children, and looking out for my local community – so please do understand that I may not be able to reply to comments personally, but you are of course welcome to comment and discuss with each other.

As we all start thinking about how we will emerge from this crisis, let us seek to be holistic in how we reimagine and recreate the local-to-global futures of the places we live. I believe this newly downscaled Doughnut tool has a great deal to offer and I look forward to seeing it turned into transformative action, in Amsterdam and far beyond.

Read The Amsterdam City Doughnut: a tool for transformative action

Media coverage in The Guardian, Parool and VPRO

71 thoughts on “Introducing the Amsterdam City Doughnut

  1. John Woods
    8 April 2020 at 10:14

    Kate, this look like terrific stuff but is very difficult to view and all but impossible to print. Try it and you’ll see what I mean. Can you ask the designers of the document to reformat without double pages as a matter of urgency. Many thanks, John

    1. 8 April 2020 at 10:54

      Hi John, I understand the frustration! I’m afraid the tool was designed for use in workshops, not for home printing, but circumstances have led us to launch it this way instead. It’s probably better to read it on screen, and you’ll see I have added a single-page view at the end of the blog, I do hope this helps. All best and thanks for your interest, Kate

    2. Beth Brownfield
      21 April 2020 at 20:36

      John can you find what you are looking for by downloading “The Amsterdam City Doughnut: a tool for transformative action” just above Share this: Read: The Amsterdam……

    3. Julian Bates
      29 April 2020 at 23:21

      Agree 100%! (Maybe it’s them pesky authorities that are doing this :O , hope I’m joking 😉 )

      1. Julian Bates
        29 April 2020 at 23:22

        This was supposed to be a response to John Woods comment re the lack of clarity of the diagrams!

  2. 8 April 2020 at 10:41

    This is just fantastic! Well done Amsterdam, and of course Kate, for having the vision and courage. Will be following with the greatest of interest 🙂

  3. 8 April 2020 at 10:51

    Oikos Nomos: Household Management.
    In Aristotle’s time the household was the city state. Today we have a global household, where the principle of sound management of resources has been supplanted by a free market merry-go-round which requires unlimited consumption to keep it turning. The result is a household which is wll inevitably bring the fabric of our finite natural home crashing about our ears. Damaging global warming and climate change are symptomatic early warnings. The polarisation of the world population betweeen the obscenely rich and the abjectly poor, competing unequally over diminishing resources, is morally, socially and environmentally unsustainable.
    Covid 19 is showing us what is really important and where our priorities should lie. Management of a self-reliant city is a good basis on which to build the foundation for a cooperative global community of healthy, progressive and sustainable households. Amsterdam could be the model for the regeneration of civilization.

    1. 8 April 2020 at 10:55

      Hi John, re the economy shifting from household to planetary household, you might like this little animation… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxcez9kE19w&feature=emb_logo

      1. John Stockford Stone
        8 April 2020 at 15:09

        Hi Kate
        The animation beautifully encapsulates the principle of the doughnut.
        Best wishes, John

      2. Steven B Kurtz
        9 April 2020 at 02:35

        Bill Rees, developer of the Ecological Footprint, has a new article in The Tyee. It is relevant to DHE and Amsterdam’s effort. See:
        https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/04/06/The-Earth-Is-Telling-Us-We-Must-Rethink-Our-Growth-Society/

      3. Kathryn Davison, Ph.D.
        2 May 2020 at 16:50

        Kate Raworth, I have been in committees and summits and kitchens simply talking about the opportunity to combine information visualization with relatable imagery so we can have a sense of INNER PEACE about doing our part in conserving our precious natural resources, reducing individual and collective stress through social supports, and fostering cultural joy through arts so that we have that “YES” zone. Not the “more” zone, or the “empire” zone, but the “YES” zone — Yes to you, yes to me, yes to us, and yes to the adequacy of resources for all, including our planet, most importantly, our planet. I would love an app attached to my credit or debit card that options/in a way to tag appropriations and their related place in the doughnut. When you’re done with all these governments, yah, please hire me and a small team of coders to take pictures of adorable icons like this to save the world one click at a time. : )

    2. Jeff in Toronto
      10 April 2020 at 12:39

      May I suggest you have an opening paragraph explaining what ‘the global concept of the Doughnut’ is? I read through this and only find about the admirable goals, not how they are achieved or what is put onto action. Perhaps the information is in the visuals, but I am reading this on a cdllphone and they are almost impossible to look at. I think I could be interested in this project, but for me it is difficult to tell

  4. 8 April 2020 at 12:06

    Wow Kate! This is so exciting! The fact that you get to embed this over a period of time in a city like Amsterdam at such a kairos moment, with the global network of learning cities is simply amazing. Great job! I am so looking forward to seeing what happens.

  5. Brian Stewart
    8 April 2020 at 12:31

    This post could not be more timely. My course, “Radical Sustainability”, turns its attention this week to economics, starting with biophysical economics and moving over the next two weeks into social economics. My students and I are hungry for actionable information, and this will give them food for thought.

    At the same time, my U.S. city’s ten-year update to its Plan of Conservation and Development has largely collapsed for a variety of reasons. I will forward this article to those who are trying to pick up the pieces.

    Thank you to Kate Raworth and her many collaborators for their hard work assembling the tools we need to reconceive our economy and take steps toward a future in which we can thrive.

  6. 8 April 2020 at 13:28

    Hi Kate. Re your excellent donut, “sustainable” growth has surely been hijacked by greenwashing capitalism. Social Credit pointed out 100 years ago that growth was needed to service debt. As long as we have a debt economy, that will trump the donut. Governments allow banks to issue almost all money as debt, and could instead issue most money as social credit. This could fund an unconditional state income big enough to replace net wages, and could also fund social spending on health, education and infrastructure. The state income would replace benefits and the state pension. Social credit would replace income tax. Capitalism and banking could continue, albeit reformed by these changes so as to significantly reduce environmental destruction.

    1. John Mclennan
      8 April 2020 at 20:22

      Hi Chris, I tend to agree with your view about the banks and their debt economics. Unfortunately it is so entrenched and so pervasive that I fear it can never be replaced without some seismic catastrophe that renders the system and the current status quo completely irrelevant. Neither is the option to ‘go west’ any longer possible.

      1. 11 April 2020 at 22:32

        Yes, entrenched banking hegemony is indeed pervasive. However, it’s governments that hold the responsibility for issuing money. They’d only have to re-assume that responsibility. After the virus would be a good time to do that.

        1. Gemma
          23 April 2020 at 21:07

          Kate, Chris and John comments on the banking system and debt are poignant and is where I get stuck. I have read Doughnut Economics recently and have been following you. However, I haven’t yet seen you address how we get out of our debt scenario both on a country level and a household level. For context I was born into a family who supported the free market and capitalism (probably because this is what was promoted as working in the 80’s/90’s). My parents (boomers) had a small business and had the dream of the house and white picket fence and they achieved that. I followed suit and have this far accumulated my financial security from a natural path of saving and then investing using the bank’s leverage to invest and then benefit as a rentier and from capital gain. I am one of millions (obviously).

          Now for the question can you explain how those of us like me who are a product of the system and our government books, and industries, who are all products of the current system and are heavily reliant on the debt structure, GDP growth etc back ourselves out of this system and into a new model? And what does that look like.

          Big question I know but it is the one that is plaguing me!

    2. 6 May 2020 at 15:47

      Can you give me any references to read more about the idea of money issues as social credit? Could a state government do this through a state bank? Please elaborate or provide a reference if you can. Thanks!
      Cynthia B

  7. Wendy Holm
    8 April 2020 at 16:27

    This is very exciting Kate! Inspired by graduate students in my Emerging Global Economies and Society course (Co-operative Management Education Program, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax Canada), some in the co-operative community have been thinking of how we could present to you – in a clever, doughnut-esque way!) why co-operatives offer a natural icing for your brilliant Doughnut… As we saw it, an icing comprised of co-ops around the world that are today meeting societal needs AND strengthening planetary capacity to build that better world we and our grandchildren deserve to live in… It is wonderful that a city-level Doughnut model is now up and running in Amsterdam. It will be interesting to see if local co-operatives emerge as essential midwives for change, and what steps if any are taken by local actors to encourage the growth of Amsterdam’s co-operative sector. ONWARD! ❤️

  8. 8 April 2020 at 16:56

    Exciting! Looking forward to the results!

    Kate, how do you see fossil fuel advertisements and marketing fit into the doughnut? For example: advertisements for flying will make Amsterdam Airport Schiphol grow. And marketing about ‘green flying’ and ‘green fossil fuel companies’ will cloud the issue and obstruct the goals of the doughnut economy. Therefore, in The Netherlands citizens are pleading for a tobacco style ban on fossil fuel advertisements. We hope other countries will also plead for a ban. Would you support a ban for fossil fuel advertisements?

    Thanks!

  9. Steven B Kurtz
    8 April 2020 at 16:59

    Kate,
    We emailed some years ago. I asked why human scale (population) wasn’t integrated in you doughnut theory. You said that it was. Meanwhile, the Global Footprint Network calculates that we are approaching current utilization of 2 Earths, borrowing from the future and draining resource stocks. This is of course unsustainable. No technology can make it so.

    Thinking that voluntary simplicity is the answer is a dream. INvoluntary is increasing daily. Voluntary will always be a tiny tail on the Bell Curve. See Lotka & Odum’s work:
    https://www.ecologycenter.us/ecosystem-theory/the-maximum-power-principle.html

    Nature is fighting back now, with longevity peaking in many developed countries. It is time to take religions and growth addicts to task. Oversupplies of labor reduce average wages. Capitalists love that, along with expanded markets to sell to.

    1. Mike Hanauer
      9 April 2020 at 13:16

      Most economic growth is caused by population growth. Ignoring this fact is sealing the fate of a failed planet.

    2. Ian Graham
      20 April 2020 at 16:38

      very well said. and moreso, when I was a MBA student (horrors@!) we were just at the beginning of just-in-time and global supplychains hype. We were taught our job is to cut excess, waste, idle assets, ie to make the system more brittle and to externalize costs to the public or nature.
      Nature is indeed fighting back.
      IG
      Hamilton ON

    3. Gary Piazzon
      25 April 2020 at 19:53

      Thanks Steven for your thoughts. Indeed population is the twin 800# gorilla to AGW which still does not receive the exposure it demands. Of course all is linked to the myths of growth, progress and “civilization”. We are fast approaching the 8 billion carrying capacity of the Earth warned of in Plan B 4.0 as one of the 4 elements which Lester Brown and the Earth Policy Institute (formerly the World Watch Institute) set. The other three included 2) keeping carbon pollution to 80% of 2008 levels by 2020. 3) restoring natural habitat of half the Earth (this is supported by the work of EO Wilson, et al 4) eliminating poverty. All four are linked but 1) and 4) are both linked to women & girls which the Drawdown analysis. We are passing tipping points hence the importance of this course.

  10. Neils Christiansen
    8 April 2020 at 17:20

    Wonderful progress. Can the doughnut model be applied to a particular issue, such as Covid19, at local, national, and/or international levels as a guide to government policy and individual action?

  11. Lorena Farias S.
    8 April 2020 at 17:32

    My most sincere congratulations for all the work done. It is fascinating to see how the change of economic model is beginning to take shape.

  12. 8 April 2020 at 18:44

    This is so inspiring! Amsterdam is a major world city. If they can do it, how many more cities can do it too. Thanks for sharing.

  13. neil blackshaw
    8 April 2020 at 20:38

    How may ‘city visions’ have there been? How much effort and resources have gone into the Sustainable Development Goals. How much has changed? Do we need this kind of distractionand fragmentation? The Social Determinants of Health Model Dahlgren and Whitehead and numerous derivatives said most of it some time ago.
    Who is paying for this and who is getting paid?

    None of this detracts from the goal but we need to change behaviour and power relations even in Amsterdam.

    More to follow.

  14. Stewart Reddaway
    8 April 2020 at 22:12

    How is climate change addressed if no account is taken of CO2 emitted by residents travelling outside the city by road, rail, sea and air? (Amsterdam has a very big airport.)

  15. Dawn Marie Gaetke
    9 April 2020 at 00:54

    Hearty congratulations! Go Amsterdam!

  16. 9 April 2020 at 04:24

    Dear Ms. Raworth, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that Amsterdam (and The Netherlands in general) is home to one of the harshest compulsory school attendance systems in the world, rigorously penalising school refusal as if that wasn’t a human right, criminalising homeschooling and even attempting to introduce state surveillance to monitor child development (similar to the model recently rejected in Scotland as it was judged to be breaching human rights by the UK Supreme Court in 2016).

    This makes it virtually impossible for Amsterdam parents to choose for an out-of-the-box, holistic approach to education, i.e. self-directed learning instead of the standardised school model that is rooted in external control and unable to prepare children for the challenges of the 21st century.

    It is the industrialised school system that has been (at least partially) responsible for the creation of the rational economic man and the competitive, addicted-to-growth world view. The conventional school system is an industrial age construct modeled as a factory (the bell included), an assembly line producing the future workforce, the makers of further growth. And just like the industrial age has led to depleting our planet and killing biodiversity, assembly line schooling depletes our mental balance, creativity and neurodiversity.

    Yet, in the chapter called “What would it mean for the people of Amsterdam to thrive?” on page 7 of the Amsterdam City Doughnut, the goal reads: “every child receives a good education in a high quality school environment”. In the 21st century, with all its accessible technology for personalised learning, education and school attendance are two very different things. In the case of my son (a profoundly gifted mathematician, asynchronous and intense – see his website at simontiger.com) compulsory school attendance stood in the way of his education. He is thriving now, homeschooled and being able to learn at his own pace. Unfortunately, we have had to emigrate from his native Amsterdam and The Netherlands to make this legally possible.

    The way I understand Doughnut Economics, we should stop viewing our children as merely future workers, evaluated against a mythical average norm, and instead empower them to see themselves as unique individuals on unique educational journeys. I truly hope that Amsterdam Doughnut will embrace this freedom of educational choice and respect those children who want to get off the assembly line.

  17. 9 April 2020 at 10:32

    Hi Kate

    Thus us fantastic news – well done

    Can we at SEEd post your blog/article on our SEEd newsletter next week? It would be great as at what next after Covid-19 but also showing other economic models in action

  18. Ann Finlayson
    9 April 2020 at 10:40

    Hi Kate

    Perhaps we should pick up what makes an ‘enabling environment’ for education, as we began discussing over lunch at the SWed Festival last year?

    Ann

  19. ShilohsoIma
    9 April 2020 at 17:13

    Hello to all
    In this baffling continuously, I honey you all
    Rise your relations and friends

  20. Christian Dufour
    10 April 2020 at 08:33

    Dear Kate,

    Congratulations!

    It is very exciting what you are developping…

    We have to use this difficult period to create a big change for our Planet and I believe that your model is the best we can install for the 21st century in a full respect of everybody and everything.

    I come back to you filling the short form because I would like to develop your ideas in my region, the South-West of Germany.

    Best regards

    Christian

  21. Chrissie Butler
    10 April 2020 at 10:03

    Kia ora Kate
    I love the 8 ways to turn the city portrait into transformative action. I wonder if there’s room for a 9th.

    “Maximise: Optimise community and stakeholder participation by identifying and removing barriers to engagement.”

    It’s a universal design inspired thought. Just helps designers walk in the shoes of the community they are aiming to serve.

  22. 10 April 2020 at 14:07

    Hello Kate,

    Congratulations on this amazing achievement! Amsterdam, Philapelphia and Portland all soon using the Doughnut to create thriving city portraits / selfies might be the best news coming out of 2020 so far.

    Let me know when you’re ready to create the Doughnut for Corporates, and as you remember, I’d be delighted to contribute time, effort, cash, and contacts 🙂 My own book for Penguin comes out in October (“How to Be Strategic”, http://www.strategic.how) and I’ll have more time to help in any way you’d like.

    Best & congratulations again

    Fred

  23. Duyoung Jeong
    10 April 2020 at 15:27

    Thank you for the inspiring work!

    I would like to know in more detail how biomimicry approach has affected or co-evolve with your original Doughnut model in this city-scale project.

  24. VINAYAKAN SAJEEV
    11 April 2020 at 19:59

    Hello mam,

    I am a B A Economics student from Kerala , India. I read your book during this lock-down. The book gave an real blow and insight to my young econ loving mind.Mam to my surprise many of the economic ideas you share are in practice in my small state of KERALA also known as the “god’s on country”.

    So mam my humble request to you is for your kind attention to our state of Kerala in any of your future blogs and case studies .

    LOVED YOUR BOOK…………….BUT LOVING ECON MORE……………………

  25. 12 April 2020 at 00:28

    Thank you so much for this. I’m a permaculture designer and trainer in Australia and I have been playing with the traditional design process, concerned that continues to be far too anthropocentric. If permaculture is an ethically based design pattern for creating systems that rebuild ecological health while providing for human needs, then why does our design process start by simply asking people what they want to do with ‘their’ land.
    I have previously introduced the idea of the earth being my primary client, but a process for embedding this into the design process has eluded me. Your matrix is perfect! I may add a ‘personal’ layer. Still playing with it. Framing the client interview using these questions will connect people to the broader implications of their individual actions. I am deeply grateful.
    I am excited to see what happens in Amsterdam.

  26. 12 April 2020 at 06:48

    Hi Kate

    I read your book with much interest shortly after its publication and have been waiting ever since for this day.

    Timing may not be a sufficient condition of change, but certainly it is a necessary one.

    What if the Corona-virus becomes the driving engine of a new global economic system founded on the principles espoused in your book?

    Perhaps some day we’ll see come to this as redemption for all the pain and disruption still to come.

    Wishing you (and all of us) every success.

  27. Catherine Hadden
    12 April 2020 at 07:13

    Brilliant! I am a born optimist..so, count me in!
    I’ve been studying the most reliable sources of news and analysis over these weeks and by yesterday morning had produced my own layperson’s list of all the things we CAN and MUST change in the world. I passed it to my husband to read. In return he gave me your 2012 Oxfam discussion paper to read! The stars aligned! This happy coincidence saved me days of work…..I was trying to come up with a simple format to make my thoughts palatable to the largest number of people in the world!! I will keep my personal list for posterity and maybe one day you will have a few minutes to read it! I am Scottish/ Irish, live in Portugal, have lived and worked in many countries and have a big family….some of whom work on the ‘front line in both Scotland and Netherlands! ( Arnheim)
    All of the things you suggest are achievable. I have many,many good, simple ideas on how to proceed!
    I can already see how I can get started here…and have given your 2012 oxfam paper to many people to read, just since yesterday!
    For now, Boa Pascoa!
    Catherine Hadden

  28. 13 April 2020 at 00:34

    Hi Kate, I read your book last year and have been quoting it ever since. It is refreshing to see a new model emerge to get us away from our ideological “wars” on capitalism vs socialism, which from what I can see are becoming less relevant by the day, given their connection into the classic industrial age economic models.

    I’ve worked in disruptive technologies most of my career and can see the beginnings of the change cycle we have to walk through starting here, which is incredibly encouraging. In that career I’ve had to unlearn much of my corporate training in the normal “planning cycles” we’re all used to. The “how” we do this will be as new as the “what”.

    Disruption is messy. It takes several goes to get right. Often the catalyst is not what you expect (such as the one we have now). It won’t be the last catalyst either.

    I’ve been accepted into a masters program at LSE, in behavioural economics, directly confronting the assumptions around “rational economic man” and look forward to diving deeper into these sorts of projects as part of that. That’s of course if I can get there (am in Australia right now and no one’s leaving!).

  29. 13 April 2020 at 17:47

    Education being one of the 12 social foundations here, while the other social foundations are pretty clearly defined (housing, food, water, etc.), it’s essential that we agree upon a definition of education as opportunity for personal growth, as access to tools and networks for fulfilling individual talents, rather than equating education to school attendance and academic credentials. Because let’s face it: can Industrial-Age-style schooling really serve as a foundation for a new sustainable mindset?

    The current suffocating ‘learning duty’ (leerplicht in Dutch) makes it virtually impossible for Amsterdam parents to choose for a holistic approach to education and makes our children vulnerable in the face of the challenges of the 21st century and unfit to come up with out-of-the box solutions. Please read more about this in my blog at:
    https://www.unschoolingfuture.net/blog/doughnut-education

  30. Cristina Redko
    14 April 2020 at 11:49

    Hi Kate,
    As you will be working with Portland and Philadelphia, can you guide us introducing the city doughnut to Dayton Ohio, USA?
    Peace on Earth.
    Cristina

  31. Mats Helander
    14 April 2020 at 20:41

    The Doughnut economics is brilliant. Now with the example of Amsterdam I have examples to refer to, and will try to push my municipality, Linköping, and the Region Östergötland, Sweden, to adopt at least part of the ideas.

    Thank to everyone that struggling for a “safe and just space for humanity”

    Mats

  32. monika hardy
    15 April 2020 at 16:07

    dear Kate..

    in regard to ‘I am currently focused on working with DEAL’s fast-growing team, as well as homeschooling my two children, and looking out for my local community’ (aka: the busy ness of life)..
    imagine if there were
    1\ a simpler tool (ie: no fine print readings/graphs/trainings/translations needed)
    2\ that dealt with all (and/or made irrelevant) the busy ness aspects of life (ie: school, work)
    ie: cure ios city

    in regard to ‘doughnut-amsterdam’..
    best to you.. i’m hoping that it takes off .. is enough.. and makes/models the changes humanity’s soul is seeking

    much love

  33. 20 April 2020 at 01:56

    Naomi Klein has made The Shock Doctrine available for download during lock down 99p, Paulo Coelho free download during lock down.

    With bookshops closed during lockdown would you please ask your publishers to do the same with Doughnut Econmics.

  34. Caitlin
    20 April 2020 at 03:20

    How do I find this link on the English-language version of the Amsterdam site, please? https://www.amsterdam.nl/bestuur-organisatie/volg-beleid/ambities/gezonde-duurzame-stad/amsterdam-circulair-2020-2025/

    1. Caitlin
      20 April 2020 at 03:27
  35. 20 April 2020 at 12:18

    There will almost certainly need to be some form of basic income to guarantee that everyone enjoys a sustainable standard of living.
    This will be particularly important in transitioning to an economy which is life-enhancing and environmentally sustainable.
    Apart from supporting those who are unable to fully support themselves, it would enable people to take time out to retrain and move between jobs, whilst encouraging volunteering. People would be freed to seek work which is qualitatively rewarding, rather than being forced into souless, low paid work in order to subsist.
    This raises the question of how such a universal scheme could be financed. There is of course scope for rationalizing existing benefit payments. However there is a matter of ownership of natural resources, particularly land. They are a gift from nature, “the commons”, which have historically been appropriated into private ownership. As a result they have become major capital assets for the privileged few, whilst the many are denied free access to them. A return to the principle of the commons could be to turn land owners into lease holders, and to charge them a rent, similar to a land value tax. The income would then be distributed as a citizens’ dividend, in return for surrendering their their right of access.
    Wildlife could be compensated by restoration of natural habitat and the denial of guns and hunters..

  36. 21 April 2020 at 03:55

    Great work and rigorous analytical framework, thanks for sharing!

    Personally I’m particularly interested in
    1. in the 8-step roadmap from city portrait to action, and specifically in the “monitor” level, I’m interested to find more about what leading indicators will be used to evaluate the progress. This will be important for policy makers to set goals and cascade in their organisation. Also to embed a little of design thinking (but also common sense really), should there be a iteration loop somewhere for improvement, and sharing of experience?
    2. super exciting to see the workshop setup. While the physical workshop can be further upgraded with fancy design tools for better communication, I find out recently that online workshops with the right participants and scale (up to 20-30) can engage people more on the intellectual side, and remove some of the “shy” / “let’s wait to see what others have to say first” factors. Also all the process will be perfectly documented in online tools like Miro. Given the shift toward remote working speeding up during COVID-19, maybe it is something to consider.

  37. Rose
    23 April 2020 at 15:32

    Hello Dr Raworth,

    As a student of development, this is such fantastic news. We often refer to the doughnut as a conceptual starting point for developing countries looking to pursue greener economic strategies.

    We also found Jason Hickel’s Sustainable Development Index helpful in pinning the transformational capabilities that the doughnut has, to quantifiable economic, social and ecological outcomes (from measuring years in school to material outputs).

    One frustrating element in proposing new ways of managing the economy is the lack of ontological and epistemological consistency across new ideas. It would be great if the doughnut could actively refer and build on other work in this space. I wonder if you have thought about actively integrating the SDI into the doughnut?

  38. 27 April 2020 at 20:25

    Doughnut Economics Cyprus

    focus on tourism sector

    – familiar with sector
    – not in healthy state
    – major sector of the economy
    – mass tourism killing the planet

    Cyprus over dependent on tourism, on tour operators, all-inclusive hotels attract the dregs of the tourist industry, drive away quality tourists, little if any benefit to local economy.

    There is a need to diversify away from tourism, diversify within tourism, attract fewer tourists, quality tourists, attract direct bookings, invest in Green New Deal to kick start the economy (could be financed by an EU eurobond issue).

    Other sectors need addressing, only touched upon.

    https://medium.com/travel-writers/doughnut-economics-cyprus-1a633a9dae14

    #DoughnutEconomics #Cyprus #circulareconomy #collaborativecommons #tourism

  39. Ryan
    30 April 2020 at 10:53

    Hi Kate,

    Saw this news story the other day and stormed through your book in a day later that week. Absolutely love this and am keen to research further.

    I wonder if you had any thoughts on how to help cities deliver these frameworks within the constraints of their constrained power? How effectively/completely can this be implemented given the wider nation – and indeed inter-nation – system that Amsterdam sits within?

    Can’t wait to see this progress!

    Ryan

  40. 30 April 2020 at 13:35

    I get so EXCITED about this !!!
    Any way I can contact the project lead and see how I can get involved?
    Also, is there a similar document available on the project in Portland? Who’s involved there?

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  42. 2 May 2020 at 11:08

    Thank you Kate for an astonishing new perspective and the first steps to make it happen!

    To create even more dialogue I suggest developing a dialogue-game with deep questions open to different answers.
    I have alreday developed 3 dialogue board games: Projectspacegame; To be human(only in danish: Om at være menneske) and Building bridges and democratic dialogue (only in danish: Brobyggerspillet).

    If you are interested in developing such a board game in collaboration, then I will make a description and some thoughts about how to develop it – we can invite people to involve…

    Tell me if you are interested;-)