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Introduction to Week 4

In this video, Professor Henrietta Moore introduces the main ideas in week four
Last week, we learned about frameworks of change: framework, structure, action. They allow us to approach an issue in a particular way and they bring people together around common issues. Together, we learned about the sustainable development goals, the challenge we face now and up to 2050, and the doughnut, Kate Raworth’s framework for providing for all. All these challenges boil down to one main question, can we reconcile our economics with our planetary boundaries?
In week four, we’re going to learn about how a new economy that works better for people and the planet is being built, what sorts of businesses are resisting change and which are leading the way, how transformative can the business really be, and finally, what can people do everywhere to make a difference, how can we act spend and work to make the world a better place?

In the fourth and final week of this course, we’ll be talking about how we can build a new economy together. An economy that tackles the challenges of the 21st century head on, and re-invents our relationship to the natural world, to the resources we consume, and to each other in a way that enables people and the planet to flourish and prosper.

At a time when most people talk about the economy as a zero-sum game, with difficult trade-offs, it’s important to show a more optimistic vision of how things can be if we adjust our approach and address some of the key imbalances that are holding back progress today. This week, we’ll look at the role of business and people in transitioning to a new economy.

But first, let’s hear what you have to say. What do you see as the main drivers towards an economy that works better for people and the planet? Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Try and include examples from your experience and your part of the world.

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