How Does a Donut Make Sense In Our Economic Challenges?
After reading the following article by Sidney Cano, I began to understand new approaches to this whole idea of sustainable projects and long term plans.
Approaches Such As A Donut Economy Offer
Even A More Long-Term, Cradle-To-Cradle Approach
Kate Raworth has decribed her ideas of a new approach to creating change. As you understand Ms. Raworth’s ideas, the proposition becomes clearly a solid approach. Our economy has been focused and driven by more, more more, and, unfortunately, in a linear fashion. Even our thought patterns evolved into the “from birth to death” scenarios. There are “baby-steps” that need to be taken, along our path to change. However, the whole picture for our real control over how we make life more sustainable is controlled by a mindset and probably will be for a period to come. The long-term needs to be taken into account now, and adapted through the processes that are available to be controlled through adaptation.
With our corporations and businesses accepting the fact that they are causing much of the long-term damage to the planet and beginning to spend effort to correcting anymore damage being done, it makes for a big start to eliminating the need of needing solutions further down the road. This is a self-fulfilling prophecy because stopping or correcting the damage at this time, will eliminate the need for more of the same action later.
As Sanford and Haggard state:
“At this level [arrest disorder paradigm], one expands the scope of one’s attention and awareness to include relationships within systems, which allows one to see the effects one’s actions are having on others. One becomes concerned with achieving balance and the long-term sustainability of human endeavors. As a result, one seeks to correct the systemic problems created when people or institutions pursue their own narrow self-interest to the detriment of others. (…) Also, this paradigm’s problem-solving orientation leads to approaches that are programmatic in nature, severely limiting the kinds of creativity that become available at higher levels of thinking.”
What would it mean then to move up to a higher-level paradigm and from there to redesign our economic system and mode of production?
First, we could start from moving from an anthropocentric perspective to a systemic perspective.
In our corporate group’s assessment, we were able to acknowledge that the circular approaches mentioned were also directing producers and consumers to open their minds to moving from caring only about human needs to seeing the effects of our work (and ultimately our lives) on bigger systems.
As stated in the Circular Economy proposal:
“The goal is not to minimize the cradle-to-grave flow of materials, but to generate cyclical, cradle-to-cradle ‘metabolisms’ that enable materials to maintain their status as resources and accumulate intelligence over time (upcycling).”
The article continues into Part 2 and Part 3
I hope to be adding to this information as I learn more. We are in a time of great change in how our societies operate. There seems to be a lovely shift to a more aware and attentive human living on this planet. It is good to see and experience.
I look forward to seeing the wonderful creations and ideas that people can bring to life on our planet. The linear approach to life seems to be one of expectation that things die. There has been a lack of respect for the planet and the life upon her. It is exciting to see such a change in our cultural norms.
Stay well and Thanks for reading.