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adding page while reading doughnut econ.. (had sidestepped both her and her book.. sensing it’s not disengaging from money (which i believe has to happen for there to be the systemic change we need).. trying to figure out why she’s not letting go of that..


Why it’s time for ‘Doughnut Economics’ | Kate Raworth | TEDxAthens – dec 2014


i thought i knew the language i needed to speak.. i needed the mother tongue of public policy.. and so i went to uni to study econ.. but uni econ didn’t give me words i was looking for.. they ignored the questions i was asking..

macro econ anal.. circle house to firm et al.. fundamentally flawed:

1\ econ is not floating on white background .. it’s deeply embedded in environ.. waste of energy et al.. the fundamental flow is not money going round and round.. it’s energy coming in from the sun.. hitting earth.. fueling life.. and some of it bouncing back out into the universe.. it’s up to our ingenuity to capture that energy and put it to use

solar energy ness

2\ not all work is paid.. ie: unpaid carers.. of families.. if you ignore that you’re ignoring millions of the world’s women which keep their families alive everyday

interpretive labor et al

3\ there’s a lot of value we create that doesn’t get monetized.. ie: coop/collab for free.. if ignore power of collab commons.. ignoring the most disruptive part of modern econ


so maybe rather than trying to monetize it.. we disengage from monetizing everything

4\ those happy households getting wages and dividends.. hasn’t really turned out like that.. as we know..  only has worked that way for a tiny few.. which rapidly turns into power

5 min – if ask econ prof.. saying these are distracting.. from maths that turns economists into scientists

6 min –  on her history (including twins).. i realized.. you can’t walk away from econ.. it’s what our society is raised.. what if didn’t start w money but human well being ..

1\ having resources we need..  and

2\ our planetary home..

8 min – inside of doughnut ring (donute hole).. 1\ reps not using/getting resources.. outside of doughnut 2\ reps abusing planet.. so doughnut itself is the safe and just space for humanity

9 min – so can see doughnut as compass.. how do we 1\ meet our human rights w/o 2\ depleting the planet… getting out of poverty.. w/o depleting planet

changes our idea of progress.. for 60 yrs now.. econ has told us that we can better progress w econ growth.. but donut tells us.. progress looks like balance

10 min – if balance matters.. then where are we now in relation to that balance.. we are outside balance on both sides.. ie: 1 in 8 not enough food.. 1 in 5 no electricity .. then climate..

11 min – so how to get all people out of poverty w/in planetary boundaries.. that would be the achievement of the century

if we each (individual and co’s) put ourselves on this doughnut table.. questioning our balance..

12 min – what if finance ministers around country met to discuss how to keep this balance..

13 min – we need a generation of policy makers who are really equipped to take on this challenge

or perhaps rather.. a mech that would set us free from policy.. everyone of us .. all at once..

join a gorilla campaign to rewrite econ.. and all you need is a pencil.. draw in econ textbooks.. and stick a donut pic in their textbook

14 min – we need you to define the markets.. the regulation.. the financial system.. the public services.. that will help bring humanity into this safe and just space between planetary and social boundaries..

what if those are all distractions.. let’s just see.. let’s set people free first.. and listen.. i bet we (if truly free) would disengage from market/regulation/finance.. et al

15 min – you might say isn’t this planetary scale too big for econ.. no.. this is a scale who’s time has come.. in ancient xenophone coined econ to mean household management..  he was thinking of house.. but later in life raised it to next level.. city state.. 2000 yrs later.. in scotland.. adam smith raised to next leve.. nation state

16 min – today’s econ is 300x bigger than adam smith’s time..  if they were here now.. they’d be saying.. yours is the era of the planetary state.. and you need to go with that

what is the econ thinnking for our planetary household


get busy w pencils.. offer a donut

i get that that probably means basically.. out with old in with new.. but i think we can go deeper.. and i think we must.. to hasten equity.. which begs we leap .. for (blank)’s sake… because we can now leap

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way


Martin Kirk (@martinkirk_co) tweeted at 5:17 PM on Mon, May 14, 2018:
Incredible talk from @KateRaworth (still no blue tick @Twitter??) on the need to get beyond #growth, and the hope to he had in the effort https://t.co/MKGADWtbHJ #postgrowth

where did this growth obsession come from..? gdp..

none of these addictions are insurmountable..

to meet the needs of all people.. to meet the needs of all w/in the needs of the planet.. can we find this dynamic balance..?

we need ideas of our own..

regenerative and distributive by design.. create extraordinary opps

as it could be..

nothing in nature grows forever

when something tries to grow forever within a healthy thriving system.. it’s a threat to the entire whole..t

undisturbed ecosystem..

we urgently need financial, political and social innovations that enable us to overcome this structural dependency on growth so that we can instead focus on thriving/balance w/in social/eco boundaries of the donut..t

2 convos as infra.. via gershenfeld sel

it’s going to take all the ingenuity that we have got to get there..t

begs we have a means to 1\ wake us all up.. and 2\ listen to all the voices..  everyday

as it could be..


Kate Raworth (@KateRaworth) tweeted at 4:21 AM – 6 Jul 2018 :
Branko, it is too easy merely to critique & ridicule. People wd like 2 hear the policies *you* propose for a equitable and sustainable world https://t.co/81cYHrweFZ(http://twitter.com/KateRaworth/status/1015178902933786624?s=17)


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Author of DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS. Renegade economist, Senior Visiting Research Associate, ECI, Oxford University

oxford, uk


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 Doughnutof 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 Change 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 is being 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.

She 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.

She has written extensively for media including The GuardianThe New StatesmanNewsweek.com, and Wired.com, and has contributed to many radio programmes including for BBC Radio 4, The World Service, ABC and NPR, as well as television including CNN World News, Al-Jazeera, BBC, ITV and CBC. The Guardian has named her as “one of the top ten tweeters on economic transformation”.


Mike Baldwin (@mikey3982) tweeted at 5:46 AM – 8 Aug 2018 :
#innochat been wondering about how distruptive innovation can be sustained and not devisive and degenerative @KateRaworth explains nicely here https://t.co/i9poq9V825 (http://twitter.com/mikey3982/status/1027159107319595008?s=17)

diagram via bill sharpe

1\ what is being born and how can we help it to arrive well

2\ what is dying and how can we help it to let go and leave well

3\ what is being disruptive and how can it be harnessed.. not captured

as it could be


Kate Raworth (@KateRaworth) tweeted at 4:16 PM – 24 Aug 2018 :
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Kate Raworth (@KateRaworth) tweeted at 2:26 PM on Fri, Oct 19, 2018:
Sorry Sweden, but you know it’s true. We are all developing countries now. https://t.co/NTHbLqmHQK


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Indy Johar (@indy_johar) tweeted at 5:59 AM – 4 Mar 2019 :
A brilliant and thoughtful discussion with the amazing @KateRaworth – thank you to the @royalacademy to hosting this – was seriously great! https://t.co/UUQ6H0jowo (http://twitter.com/indy_johar/status/1102554104704974849?s=17)

45 min – i: the revolution we are facing is a revolution of bureaucracy..t

graeber f&b same law

46 min – i: what would a building look like if it was there to optimize you.. is housing about housing or is it a vision of well being

49 min – i: when you start to change the frames of accounting.. open up new ways of the world.. we often design to cost of building

i: what does design look like when you move from object to outcome (ie: prisons that are places for healing)

let’s go beyond that.. no prisons.. just need to be better at listening ie: tech as it could be..

in the city.. as the day..

same w copy/property rights et al.. we have the means to make all those things irrelevant rather than just better/kinder.. et al

53 min – i: we’ve been imagining the world thru property rights.. how do we unbundle that

h & n property law

57 min – i: in a world where we have massive interdependency.. what does freedom mean.. justice/privacy/.. we have to re imagine these core foundations..t


meadows undisturbed ecosystem

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

59 min – i: have we found a way to unleash/support the full capacity of every human?..t

the energy of 7bn alive people via cure ios city

1:02 – k: what it is to be human is to start off w a relationship..t

so let’s just focus on that.. via 2 convers as infra

1:03 – k: i’ll collab w you as long as you collab w me..t

today we don’t have to go there.. we can start w 7b+ daily curiosities  .. and facil gatherings from that data

1:06 – i: thing first thing is civil rights.. how do you unleash everyone.. w pay? i think that’s a low grade

going at it from rights is low grade as well.. today we can go deeper.. let’s facil the essential needs of a human being

1:09 – i: the deep failure is a failure in accounting

deeper indy.. stop counting

1:10 – k: so yes.. accounting.. and this is the economists great project.. how do we count.. i agree.. the question is .. what is metric of this accounting

dang.. let’s ask.. why count/measure? because that always comes back to who gets to decide what counts.. which comes back to oppression/exclusion et al

1:12 – k: a doughnut measures human well being.. ie: how much ed..

that’s not human..stop measure ing

1:15 – i: how do you reframe what we think is ours.. collectively.. how to start that convo

all 3 of you keep going back to re imagining value..

thinking of this:

instrumental and intrinsic value (rabbit holed to while thinking on our addiction to condition\ality


The word “value” is both a verb and a noun, each with multiple meanings. But its root meaning always involves social judgments of qualities such as goodness, worth, truth, justice, beauty. The word names either the rational criterion applied when judging, or results of judging, the presence of such qualities

graeber values lawjust as commodities have econ ‘value’ because they can be compared precisely w other commodities, ‘values’ are valuable because they cannot be compared w anything

so too.. not judged then.. right?.. not counted.. accounted for.. rather unconditional

1:21 – k: (answering what skills needed) – understanding complex systems – dana meadows.. financial is natural because run by humans..?  ie: broken window..

? – let’s take meadow’s undisturbed ecosystem at literal value..  which means we’d be living in trust rather than responding/analyzing systems/instittions we already have

1:24 – i: i’d say .. how we re imagine the institutional landscapes we’ve built around us.. look for open unbounded systems.. there are deep questions.. like .. what is freedom/privacy/agency/dependency/justice

1:29 – i: i think the future has been limited to a little more/less than now.. the deep crisis is the ability to imagine..t

and then to hear every voice/imagining.. ie: self-talk as data

(audience comment) – i see a lot of this as old.. though we keep saying new new new.. it’s intuitive.. back to common sense.. not intellectual/exclusive

1:36 – i: yes.. this is old.. but may be able to scale at a global level.. simultaneously global and local

eagle condor time via 2 convers as infra


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This quartet…Joe Brewer Daniel Christian Wahl Kate Raworth and me. In Rotterdam at Reporting 3.0
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