Thinking with the Doughnut Self Study

  • Catherine Brentnall (Speaker)
  • Lever, J. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Educators at all levels are being challenged to ensure that students know the truth about climate change and are empowered to be agents of change, able to resist despair and propose radical innovation in the face of sustainability challenges (Department for Education, 2022). For Enterprise Educators, this demand is potentially problematic, implicated as we are (through economic preparation activities), in contributing to take-and-consume cultures that relate to the unsustainability of development (Frederick, 2018; Hallonsten, 2023), and where limited empirical examples of transformed and sustainable practice exist (Klapper and Fayolle, 2023; Dodd et al, 2022). A question therefore becomes – how do we re-orient ourselves and our practice away from unsustainability? One possibility is to connect with the substantial materials and resources proposing regenerative business design, offered through the Doughnut framework (Raworth, 2017), and the Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL, 2023). To explore this possibility, in this paper we adopt the stance of self-study, an approach used in teaching and teacher education where educators purposefully study themselves in order to bring about change in thinking and practice (Bullough and Pinnegar, 2001).
Period9 Nov 2023
Event titleInstitute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2023: Sustainable Growth in Unexpected Places
Event typeConference
LocationBirmingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational