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Decisions at a Doughnut Shaped Table

 
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Hi,
I finished a book last week that resonated - hard. I couldn't find a "Book" forum...
It was listed in Geoff Lawton's Friday Five. Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. (Google will get you to a nice review by The Guardian)
She makes the case that our current teaching of economics has carelessly left out the sources of wealth and depots for waste as externalities in their models. She points out that the idea that only growth will lift us toward social justice has been debunked. A new model is needed.
With lots of research and consideration a new model has appeared. It is of two concentric circles that look like a doughnut. That represents the sweet spot that humans can thrive in. The outside boundary includes measures of the capacity of our planet that sustain us. The inside circle has the measures that we strive for as happy and healthy people. She demonstrates that we are way outside of the boundaries on both sides. She advocates for a doughnut to be the shape of all tables where decisions are made so that we can strive toward balance rather than growth.
She points to using nature as a place to find examples for systems we can mimic.
It is very permacultue-ish. It's got me very excited and I want to share it.
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