The ‘Doughnut Economics’ movement has continued to gain momentum and offers hope for those looking to reshape economies and society to better reflect the world’s ecological and material boundaries. However, imaging how this theory could be made a reality isn’t so straightforward, with many barriers along the way.
In this uplifting podcast recorded in 2020, Kate Raworth – an economist and author of Doughnut Economics – discusses how cities can be transformed for the better with Marieke van Doorninck – Alderman for Sustainability and Urban Development for the City of Amsterdam.
Kate describes how 20th century cities were built in a ‘linear’ way – with food and materials coming in and being consumed, before leaving the city again. She suggest that people “don’t really want to know where it came from and certainly don’t want to know where it goes”.
They discuss the importance of moving towards a more circular model, with people becoming better informed about their consumption habits and their associated impacts. They conclude that a cultural renaissance is brewing, with cities like Amsterdam set to take the lead.