ClimateCultures Book Club

We’ve started a Book Club! Want to share group reading and discussions of non-fiction, fiction, poetry or other books that speak to environmental or climate change? Become part of our creative conversations for the Anthropocene.

Our first Book Club choice is Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth. Thanks to ClimateCultures Member Lola Perrin for suggesting this book.

“Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures. Can it be fixed? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. She reveals how an obsession with equilibrium has left economists helpless when facing the boom and bust of the real-world economy. She highlights the dangers of ignoring the role of energy and nature’s resources – and the far-reaching implications for economic growth when we take them into account. And in the process, she creates a new, cutting-edge economic model that is fit for the 21st century – one in which a doughnut-shaped compass points the way to human progress.”

Published in April by Penguin, Kate Raworth’s book is available from your local bookshop or online from Hive, as well as the other usual channels. An ebook is available at Kindle. Or you can support your local public library and reserve a copy through them. 

You can read more about Kate’s work as a ‘renegade economist’ at her website, including animations on Doughnut Economics. And there’s a comment piece by George Monbiot in the Guardian.

Our group reading of Doughnut Economics started on 26th June with Kate’s introductory essay (Who Wants to be an Economist?), moving on to Chapter 1 (Change the Goal: from GDP to the Doughnut) on 2nd July. But it’s not too late to join in, as we read and discuss a new chapter every fortnight. All ClimateCultures Members are welcome.

You do need to be a ClimateCultures Member before you can access the Book Club. Members: simply Log In and then go to the Book Club private page here. If you're an artist, researcher or curator but not yet a ClimateCultures Member, why not join us here?