Experience the doughnut economy model – and how it (and we) connect to biodiversity.

What happens with our economies impacts hugely on nature, biodiversity, communities, human health and well-being, the lives of animals, oceans, the very surface and atmosphere of our planet. Climate change is helping us realise this cannot continue. We need to change our ways as individuals, governments, and businesses. But how to create real change?
Theories and thoughts are not enough to prompt “everyone” into meaningful, far-reaching action. We need something more tangible.
One economist who has gone (far) beyond theory is Kate Raworth. The alternative economic graph that she created is round. It depicts a “safe space for humanity”. The shape resembles a doughnut. Hence, “doughnut economics”. To paraphrase her website, www.kateraworth.com, “Humanity’s 21st-century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. And to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (such as food, housing, healthcare, political voice) while remaining within the boundaries of Earth’s life-supporting systems (a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer).”
Her book, Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist has inspired many individuals and groups. “The doughnut” is not a one-size-fits-all recipe. Every group or network needs to adapt it to local circumstances, local economies.
To connect them all, Raworth and her team set up the Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL), which organises online meetings and co-creates tools designed to let people experience ‘doughnut thinking’. Not just with their heads, but also with their hearts, and even bodies. One such tool is the Step into the Doughnut workshop at CECAS on the 27th when we will specifically focus on how biodiversity connects with doughnut economics.
The first part of the workshop, facilitated by Alice Glendinning and Moze Jacobs of the West Cork Doughnut Economy Network, will be a relaxed and gentle exploration of the doughnut shape and what it looks like, feels like. There will also be a listening exercise and some group reflection. After a break, ecologist Nikki Keeling will take us on a biodiversity walk across Myross Wood and garden. Next, a brief meet-up at the house to exchange ideas, observations, contact details.
Free! The event will take place come rain or shine.
Any queries? Please email: westcorkdoughnuteconomynetwork@gmail.com
Location: CECAS, Myross Wood House, Ardagh, Leap, Co. Cork, P81 Y192