‘The heart of our economy is a doughnut’, states Kate Raworth, author of the bestseller Donut Economics. On November 27, 100 students from Antwerp Management School & University of Antwerp welcomed Kate Raworth for an inspiring lecture about Doughnut Economics. Our students were able to discuss and interact with Kate Raworth and share ideas in a unique setting. Which message did they take home?
In her book ‘Doughnut Economics’ Kate Raworth stated that a healthy economy can only exist within ecological and social boundaries. The dominant business as usual framework does not take those planetary boundaries into account. However it must be the role of business and the economy to serve the common good in order to safeguard our future. 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.
A reflections by our SDG Student ambassadors
‘We found that the lecture was very interesting and well presented, as well as was very inspiring and eye-opening. It was inspiring to have someone who talked about sustainability for once. She is a very future-oriented economist who perceives the real economic impact not only in a capitalist way but also in a sustainable way. It was a good framework that serves as a refreshing new look at the modern economy, but the implementation would be challenging. ‘I hope she will have a global impact on how business will be done in the future years. She should continue doing what she is doing - spread the word and make everyone aware’ so states Candice Yan Ya. Candice is part of the Waste Ways SDG Student Ambassadors Group. Through the Waste Ways project, the students aims to create further awareness through their SDG Student ambassadors project. They will film citizens in Antwerp and Shanghai on their recycling practice in order to raise environmental awareness based on different cultural backgrounds.
We were very pleased to welcome Kate Raworth at Antwerp Management School. Kate Raworth has inspired both our students and us to keep advocating for a movement for change in order to achieve a sustainable future for all.