The Safe Haven

The safe haven, the Doughnut itself, is where the economic transactions take place that affect our ability to keep everyone on board. How does this perspective affect the way you teach economics? Which economic concepts that you teach today should be retained in the 21st Economics Curriculum?

We believe that many economic concepts that are taught today all over the world contribute to students’ understanding of the world. However, we do believe that discussing these concepts may require a shift in perspective. How would the Doughnut Framework we use affect the way you teach these concepts?

The kind of economic transactions people engage in, and their outcomes are strongly influenced by the economic systems in place. Think about the prevalent allocation system, the role of the government, the level of social security, social and economic institutions, and economic law. How familiar should students be with these systems and their relevance for Doughnut outcomes? How does a system perspective affect the way you teach these subjects at the moment, if at all?

Raworth states that people are not rational economic beings, which we support. However, we do think that a bit of added rationality in economic transactions may do students no harm. It could in fact help them to stay in the Doughnut. Which skills and tools do students need to help them to make rational choices?

Would you like to read some of our answers to these questions and get inspired along the way? Then read our blogposts on the safe haven.