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How do we create a better economy?

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Can we call any economy “healthy” in the face of dwindling resources and growing inequality? What if we cut off our addiction to endless growth, and used a new compass for modern prosperity? One such compass is known as “doughnut economics,” which aims to meet the needs of people without overshooting Earth's ecological limits. Explore how this model reframes our economic systems.

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Meet The Creators

  • Director Vicente Nirō, AIM Creative Studios
  • Narrator Kate Raworth, George Zaidan
  • Storyboard Artist Vicente Nirō
  • Animator Ana Farinha, Jorge Ramos, Vicente Nirō, André Cunha
  • Illustrator Vicente Nirō
  • Music André Aires
  • Sound Designer André Aires
  • AIM Creative Studios Producer Tiago Ribeiro
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Alexandra Zubak
  • Associate Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
Additional Resources for you to Explore
If you're interested in the concept of doughnut economics, it's worth checking out the original TED Talk by Kate Raworth. For tools, stories, and a deeper dive of what doughnut economics looks like in practice, you might want to check out Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

A huge part of making doughnut economics a reality lies in transitioning our economy towards renewable and clean energy. The urgency for transformative measures to mitigate climate change has intensified. The World Economic Forum has released a special report to foster an effective global energy transition. The report details shortcomings, areas of hope and optimism, and what countries can do to supercharge an effective transition, while keeping their eye on affordability, availability, and sustainability.

You might also want to read up on ways global crises— such as COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine— have either stalled or hastened the pace of energy transitions at both a global and national scale. In this article, the authors take stock of global progress towards clean, affordable, secure energy. Amsterdam is using an innovative economic model to build a green recovery from the pandemic and is an example of doughnut economics in action.

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Meet The Creators

  • Director Vicente Nirō, AIM Creative Studios
  • Narrator Kate Raworth, George Zaidan
  • Storyboard Artist Vicente Nirō
  • Animator Ana Farinha, Jorge Ramos, Vicente Nirō, André Cunha
  • Illustrator Vicente Nirō
  • Music André Aires
  • Sound Designer André Aires
  • AIM Creative Studios Producer Tiago Ribeiro
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Alexandra Zubak
  • Associate Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal

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