Parkland Fall Conference 2021
This conference took place November 19-21, 2021
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2021-11-20 Doughnut Economics for Thriving Communities

Saturday Session • Nov 20, 9—10:15 AM

Doughnut Economics for Thriving Communities

with Kate Raworth and Ben Geselbracht

Doughnut Economics seeks to create 21st-century economies that meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet – so what would it look like to aim to get there? Join this session and discussion to explore new economic thinking of regenerative and distributive design, from principles to practice. Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics, will introduce the core concepts of the approach, including how it can be downscaled to a town, city or province, and Coun. Ben Gesselbracht will talk about how these concepts are currently being put into practice in the city of Nanaimo.

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on making economics fit for 21st-century realities. Her internationally best-selling book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist has been translated into over 20 languages and has been widely influential with diverse audiences, from the UN General Assembly to Pope Francis to Extinction Rebellion. Read more

Ben Geselbracht is a Nanaimo city councillor and Regional District director. He is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities. He is working with his colleagues to apply the doughnut economics framework to the city of Nanaimo’s programs and planning to guide developing a thriving city that respects the health of the whole planet and well-being of all people. Read more

This Parkland Conference session is sponsored by the University of Alberta Sustainability Council.