Empowering communities to take action locally

Tags: community, cymru, doughnut, Wales
Published on May 05, 2022

How can we inspire the urgent and collective action we need, right now, to address the major challenges of our time? We think local action in local places is a big part of the solution, and that’s why Wellbeing Economy Wales is exploring ways of empowering and supporting communities to take action.

In September 2021 we were excited to convene a major event for Wales about the synergy between our vision for a wellbeing economy, and Kate Raworth’s “Doughnut Economics”. Bringing together Kate Raworth, Katherine Trebeck, and Sophie Howe – who is Wales’ Future Generations Commissioner – the discussion unexpectedly attracted 800 registrations, many more than any of our previous events! Clearly there is something about “the doughnut” that resonates with people and sparks their curiosity. We had hit upon a great way to talk to people about wellbeing economics in a way that seemed to make sense, using Kate Raworth’s framework of the social foundation and the planetary limit. This landmark meeting for Wales has become a launchpad for greater community and organisational engagement for the Wales Wellbeing Economy Alliance hub.

Building on the interest generated by that first discussion, which you can watch in full on our Youtube Channel here, Wellbeing Economy Wales is now designing a series of workshops to help communities across Wales develop their own priorities, plans and actions – using tools and resources developed by the Doughnut Economics Action Lab, as well as others. We are working in partnership with Oxfam Cymru, and inviting an initial cohort of participants to join this Wales-wide learning journey.

Find out more and keep up to date as this initiative moves forward, on our website.

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