Changing Systems for the 21st Century

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Fri 19Jul

Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics & Juliet Davenport, Good Energy

Facilitator: Kate Raworth & Juliet Davenport

Join us for a talk and networking morning to look at the business of business using the doughnut economics model with Kate Raworth. We will also hear from Juliet Davenport of Good Energy on how she runs her company within these values. We will examine how we can work within existing systems for positive change alongside looking at new models and paradigms – all with the aim of looking to create a fairer, more equitable society living within planetary means.

Event time: Fri 19th Jul at 9:00am - Fri 19th Jul at 2:30pm

At a Glance

  • An in-depth introduction to the concepts of thinking like a 21st-century economist
  • A chance to look at a playful-serious approach to framing the challenge of working within social and  planetary boundaries
  • An opportunity to share and discuss business opportunities of working in this way
  • A far-reaching discussion and workshop on systems change

Talk: Doughnut Economics talk with Kate Raworth

Humanity’s 21st-century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer. The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge, and it acts as a compass for human progress this century.

Kate Raworth’s internationally acclaimed idea of 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.

Talk: Juliet Davenport – Good Energy. Running a business along Doughnut Economics lines

Juliet Davenport is founder and CEO of Good Energy – a business that’s successfully subverting the conventional giants of the energy sector.  Juliet became frustrated by the lack of change in an industry she knew to be so central to our culture of carbon emissions. She took matters into her own hands and founded Good Energy in 1997. By playing a maverick role in a very conventionally-run industry, Juliet has been part of driving a bigger change among energy’s multinational players.

Optional Afternoon Workshop. Systems Change

  • Given the climate and ecological emergency, what rapid systemic shifts do we need to make in our financial, business and economic systems using a doughnut economics approach?
  • What are the challenges for key stakeholders?
  • What leadership is needed to work across boundaries to bring about these shifts?


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Practical Information

9.00 – 9.30 Coffee & Croissants
9.30 – 10.15 Talk: Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth
10.15 – 10.30 Q&A
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee & Networking
11.00 – 11.45 Talk: Juliet Davenport – Running a Business along Doughnut Economics Lines
11.45 – 12.00 Q&A
12.00 – 13.00 Workshop in smaller groups with delegates on questions raised
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Followed by an optional afternoon workshop on systems change.

Please note that prices are listed per person. Price includes delicious two-course lunch and refreshments.

Kate Raworth

Kate Raworth is an economist dedicated to making economics fit for the 21st century. Her book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist is an international bestseller that has been translated into 15 languages, and it was long-listed for the 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and is an advisor to the Global Challenges programme of the Stockholm School of Economics and to the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey. Over the past two decades Kate has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam, as economist and co-author of the UN’s Human Development Report, and as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute based in the villages of Zanzibar. She holds a BA and MSc from Oxford University and an honorary doctorate from Business School Lausanne.

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Juliet Davenport

Juliet is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy – a renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future together with its customers. Juliet has continuously led innovation in the energy sector and in 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables. In June 2015 Juliet was appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council and most recently to the board of Innovate UK. Juliet has various scholastic credentials with academic organisations, including University of Wales, Imperial College, Bristol University, Birkbeck and LSE, where she has various roles and accolades, with the ambition of influencing the next generation to think about the energy transition and our low carbon future. Juliet sits on the advisory boards for Aurora, Oxford Energy and is a member of the Powerful Women’s Energy Leaders Coalition.

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“By rethinking economics from first principles, Raworth allows us to integrate our specific propositions into a coherent programme, and then to measure the extent to which it is realised. I see her as the John Maynard Keynes of the 21st century: by reframing the economy, she allows us to change our view of who we are, where we stand, and what we want to be.”

- George Monbiot