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Business in the doughnut economy


Arts Centre Pavillion, Level 8, Southbank, VIC 3006


9:00am - 1:30pm, 20th of April 2018

“We have to take economics out of the ivory towers, out of equations, and realise that economics is what we all do and think and live and create every day.” —Kate Raworth

How can business address the 21st century’s unique social and ecological challenges? Renegade economist Kate Raworth believes we should look at the lessons of history to help us build new ways to think about 21st century economics. Her internationally acclaimed idea of Doughnut Economics sets a vision for an equitable and sustainable future, and has been widely influential among sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists globally.

Joining us live via video feed from Oxford, Kate will present the Doughnut model and urge us to explore what planetary and social boundaries imply for rethinking business in the 21st century. What might we need to shift about our corporate mindset? What should we be measuring? How might we better equip ourselves and our businesses to tackle humanity’s profound 21st century challenges?

The ‘Doughnut’ model proposes that modern economic thinking should be focused on a circular ‘sweet spot’ that eliminates need and hunger while setting limits on the pursuit of needless growth at any cost. The model brings social and environmental concerns together in one single image and approach, providing a powerful framework and convening space for debating alternative pathways forward.


Kate Raworth is a renegade economist committed to the rewriting of economics so it is fit for 21st century challenges. Her best-selling book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist has been translated into ten languages and long-listed for the 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she is a Senior Visiting Research Associate, and is also a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and an advisor to the Global Challenges programme of the Stockholm School of Economics. She holds a BA and MSc from Oxford University and an honorary doctorate from Business School Lausanne.


9am Registration, tea and coffee

9.40am Seated in venue. Welcome and introduction

10am Kate Raworth—Doughnut Economics

11.15am Morning tea break

11.45 B Corp panel discussion—Doing Business in the Doughnut

12.45pm Lunch break

1.30pm Event close

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