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Becoming a global citizen in a doughnut economy

In today’s world, we still have a long way to go when it comes to an economy that takes the limits of the earth into account. To become global citizens, there is a role to play for us as individuals. The Doughnut Economics model is introduced. We will work with the model to find out which areas in our life could use more attention and action. The lifemap process starts by charting your own reality. Creating a combined image of your reality and your views is an important condition to make sure that you can integrate your findings from working with the theory in your life and work practice. After studying the doughnut model, a second layer is added to the poster. Reflection and discovery follows about the meaning of what is shown on the poster. Purpose of this lifemap scenario is to help people find their own way in adapting their life to our new reality. 


The image shows the lifemap building blocks

A lifemap scenario and a workshop programme for a self-appointed group of four. A group coordinator receives the lifemap package for the group, containing the building blocks shown in the image for each member: the Blue planet poster and citizen stickers which are a variant of the city stickers. Although it is not shown on the image, a sticker sheet strip with the symbols shown below is part of the lifemap package.

During the workshop symbols are added to the poster to promote overview


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Strengthening relationships

The overarching goal for this lifemap scenario

The overarching goal for this lifemap scenario is to help create a vocabulary for the individual perspective into Doughnut Economics.

For global citizens, to co-create a new economy

Why work with the doughnut model? 90 % Of the decisions in politics, public life, business and at home are still about us, humans. On the other hand we now know, that humanity has impacted the earth in such a way, that life conditions on earth are deteriorating. The doughnut model includes the just and safe space for humanity as well as the reality of the planet’s ecological ceiling. Seen from an individual perspective it is like a mega-compass that can help us to change our mindset.

Why does it make sense to relate to the world economy as an individual? The outcomes of the current economic system have lead to a situation in which people are very far away from self-sufficiency. We are oursourcing almost every task, hiring others and acquiring technology to do it for us. We need to acknowledge that this way of personal life is old economy, too. We will have to accept it and at the same time keep our calm in the realisation, that greening our life and our places and bringing sustainability into practice is a journey rather than a set of measures. Becoming familiar with the areas of impact and creating an image of the model at a scale close to home is one of many possible steps to take.

A method for individuals to relate to the world situation. Often people put off the moment to realise what is happening at a global level, holding everything at a distance. It is understandable since we have only limited capacity to relate at a world scale. In this lifemap scenario the model of Doughnut Economics is used as a method for individuals to find their way to relate to the global situation. From the view of the individual we zoom out to the level of the world economy. Participants in the workshop add elements from the model which are lacking on the poster. The three scales of the Blue Planet poster are used to e-valuate what this means for the person involved. Although it is a conceptual excercise it provides an inner experience. In a group exchange people will endeavour to find words for what it all means. In this way a foundation is laid for a deeper understanding.

Developing your own compass, using the doughnut model. Informed by the experiences the group will talk about the question: How can I create my own compass such that it is more aligned with the doughnut? What does a group exchange about this question look like? This question will bring up many differences and dilemmas. It is sheer impossible to have a conversation. So instead of having a dialogue we will invite people to express what is in them, while others are listening. We will not try to discover solutions or find generic answers, but be together holding this big question.

Workshop programme summary

A programme for a group of four people, which will take 3 to 5 hours, depending on what the group wants in terms of elaboration and exchange. Since new knowledge will be introduced, spreading it over several days is offered as a possibility. In this lifemap scenario exchange does not mean to have a dialogue, it means listening to each other and supporting and empowering each other. The outcomes of the programme will be at the level of the individual, such as: an experience with applying the Doughnut Economics model, bringing conhesion and unity in your worldview, self-reflection about the your own role and position – all at a conceptual level, but based on reality.

Personal safety and privacy

How the built-in lifemap process facilitates a safe environment for sharing and how personal information is protected during the workshop and in the presentation of the harvest will be discussed in advance.

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