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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 secondsSo, what's the importance of a framework? Well, a framework structures action, but it also frames the problem at hand-- it allows us to approach a difficult issue in a particular way, and it brings together people around that common issue so that they can have a working perspective on it. Let me give a couple of examples, briefly-- we'll go into detail much more later. But let's start with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are 17 goals that have been decided upon by the international community, that frame the way we're going to tackle the major challenges of the 21st century. Another example is the donut, which is about a safe and just space for humanity to flourish.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsBut to flourish in a way that doesn't over-step planetary boundaries, and make sure that we all have a planet to live on. The third challenge is the 2050 Challenge-- by 2050, we need to have decarbonised the economy completely in order to deal with climate change. And to deal with the fact that we will be 10 billion people living on a single planet. That's a huge increase, as compared to today-- an increase of around 42% of people. And the challenge of the 21st century is to make sure that all of those 10 billion people can flourish in a sustainable way, and lead good, productive lives. So what's prosperity going to look like in 2050?

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsWell, one of the things that's very clear, it's not going to be business as usual.

Frameworks of Change

How can we communicate about the direction the world is going, and agree on an idea of what progress looks like?

This is where frameworks of change come in. A framework, in this context, is a concept that can structure and direct common action. It’s a story we tell about the direction we need to go in, and the progress we are making. Individuals who care about the direction the world is going in can use these to guide their own decisions about their career and lifestyle. They can be used to inform and convince people who care, but don’t know where to start. They can also be used to bring people together to inspire common action.

This week, we’ll go through three frameworks that aim to do exactly this. The first is the U.N Sustainable Development Goals. They are the successors to Millennium Development Goals, and reflect the kind of challenges the world was facing in 2015. There are 17 goals, with 169 targets.

The second is the 2050 Challenge. The year 2050 is a big year. If we go 2ºC above pre-industrial levels, there we risk setting off a chain reaction that could be disastrous and lead to far greater temperature increases. At the same time, between now and 2050, the population will increase at an unprecedented rate to just under 10 billion people by 2050. Ensuring these people can thrive, not just survive, is the ultimate challenge of the 21st century.

The third Framework is ‘The Doughnut’. A concept developed by economist Kate Raworth, the Doughnut is a visual representation of how we can meet the basic needs of everyone

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Global Prosperity Beyond GDP

UCL (University College London)