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Doughnut Economics

A deep dive into new economics and long term thinking

October 29, 2019

The Doughnut of Social and Planetary BoundariesA playfully serious approach to framing planetary challenges that provides a compass for human progress this century.

"Humanity's 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet."

Kate Raworth's explanation of the Doughnut of Social and Planetary Boundaries distills the challenge of climate and social well-being into a series of factors that must be brought into balance for future generations to continue to survive and prosper on this planet. Her research and doughnut model have found interest in organizations such as the UN General Assembly, the Global Green Growth Forum, and Occupy London.

In this masterclass, Raworth will conduct an open presentation of the model and its application in a project developed in Amsterdam, as the city works toward a series of sustainable economic objectives that seek to bring about 100% sustainability by 2050. Following the presentation, an Open Space workshop will be conducted among participants to foster the methodology of collective intelligence and creative interaction.

The afternoon session, for registered participants only, will be centered around a scenario of role-playing, in which the present and the future transcend the linearity of time and are permitted to dialogue with one another. Roman Krznaric will join Kate Raworth to conduct the session and reflect on the outcomes with the group.

Join this incredible intergenerational Masterclass with young students, social entrepreneurs, executives, academics, and researchers. You will leave this day empowered to act in new ways, ready to foster positive change for the planet and society.


Program - October 29, 2019

Padiglione Conza MAC6viale Castagnola 5, 6900 Lugano

MasterClass: Morning Session (Open to the public - no registration needed)

7:30 a.m.

WelcomeCoffee and institutional greetings

8:15 a.m.

"Doughnut Economics"An inclusive talk with Kate Raworth

9:00 a.m.

NetworkingOpen time for meaningful conversation among participants

9:30 a.m.

Doughnut Economics for Smart CitiesPresentation of the experience of the city of Amsterdam in its application of the Doughnut model for urban sustainability planning. A panel discussion with: Kate Raworth, Roman Krznaric, Adam Stanford (Managing Partner of Deloitte Consulting Switzerland), and Giorgio Maric (Director, Urban Statistics Office, City of Lugano).Moderators: Luca Crivelli (Director of the Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care, SUPSI) and Carlo Giardinetti (Dean of Executive Education and Global Outreach, Franklin).

10:30 a.m.

Open Space Innovation WorkshopParticipants will seek an answer to the question, "Which of these ideas could be useful in our local environment?" using a collective intelligence methodology to foster creativity and interaction.Moderated by Franklin and SUPSI Faculty

MasterClass: Afternoon Session (registered participants only)

12:30 p.m.

Brown-bag Lunch

1:30 p.m.

Workshop/Masterclass: A Deep Dive into New Economics and Long Term ThinkingParticipants will learn about tools that help to restore a long-term thinking mindset such as deep time or developing a legacy mindset but also they will familiarize themselves with the most recent neuroscience explanations of the benefits of long-term thinking. They will be challenged in different workshops reflecting on powerful dialogues with their ancestors but also embodying the roles of ancestors of future generations. What should the Parliament of the Future discuss?Kate Raworth and Roman Krznaric

3:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Closing ReflectionsKate Raworth and Roman Krznaric

5:00 p.m.

Book signingKate Raworth signing your copy of “L’ Economia della Ciambella”

*Please, note that the program is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference.

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Kate Raworth


Kate Raworth (“Ray-worth”) is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries.

She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Her internationally acclaimed idea of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists, and she has presented it to audiences ranging from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement. Her book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist was published in 2017 and has been translated into 15 languages.

Roman Krznaric


Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than 20 languages. His forthcoming book, The Good Ancestor, will be published by Penguin Random House in 2020.

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Free event

The morning session is open to the public and will be held in Italian and English. The afternoon session is for invited participants only.  For any additional information, or if you would like to be invited please contact marketing@fus.edu