Name
Amsterdam City Doughnut
country
Netherlands
Goal
Based on the model of Raworth (Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist,; published in 2017). The inner ring of the doughnut sets out the minimum we need to lead a good life, derived from the UN’s sustainable development goals and agreed by world leaders of every political stripe. It ranges from food and clean water to a certain level of housing, sanitation, energy, education, healthcare, gender equality, income and political voice. Anyone not attaining such minimum standards is living in the doughnut’s hole. The outer ring of the doughnut, where the sprinkles go, represents the ecological ceiling drawn up by earth-system scientists. It highlights the boundaries across which human kind should not go to avoid damaging the climate, soils, oceans, the ozone layer, freshwater and abundant biodiversity. Between the two rings is the good stuff: the dough, where everyone’s needs and that of the planet are being met. The central premise is simple: the goal of economic activity should be about meeting the core needs of all but within the means of the planet. The “doughnut” is a device to show what this means in practice. Raworth scaled down the model to provide Amsterdam with a “city portrait” showing where basic needs are not being met and “planetary boundaries” overshot. It displays how the issues are interlinked. In 2020 Amsterdam was the first city to apply the doughnut at local level. Amsterdam Doughnut Coalition: bringing the doughnut at the individual level by Cocratos (International Institute for Inclusive Science) https://amsterdamdonutcoalitie.nl/organization/6652/stichting-cocratos
Main Topic
Zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment
All Topics
Clean energy: supplying clean, affordable and secure energy
Zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment
Scale
  • Neighbourhood or local community
  • City and peri-urban
Actors
  • Community-based initiative (i.e. citizens, cooperative, neighbourhood group)
  • Non-profit organisation (i.e. pursues a particular social cause, e.g. schools, foundations, social movement)
  • Social enterprise (i.e. for-profit company, but has primary objective to achieve social and/or ecological benefits)
  • For-profit company
  • Local government
  • Regional government
  • National government
Maturity
4
Actions
Providing knowledge transfer / advisory / education services
Aims
  • Socio-cultural aims: changing acceptance, behaviour, social norms, networks, traditions or contributing to knowledge build-up
  • Socio-economic aims: changing business models, market structures and economic systems
  • Socio-political aims: changing governance arrangements, different power structures, citizen participation and others
Category
Organising
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CONTACT

For further details please contact co-leads Dr Chris Foulds (chris.foulds@aru.ac.uk) and Dr Rosie Robison (rosie.robison@aru.ac.uk).

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