The World is Changing.
And so is Nanaimo.

In concert with economic interests, the City of Nanaimo is measuring quality of life with other metrics. While GDP is traditionally used to measure economic productivity, the inclusion of environmental and social impacts along with economic development leads to more balanced and sustainable outcomes.

During the development of Nanaimo’s community plan – “Nanaimo Reimagined” – it was noted that no adequate method to assess whether community environmental sustainability was improving. The Doughnut Economic Model was identified as a way to provide targets and markers to track progress while addressing social and environmental impacts of economic decisions.

The City recognizes that environment, society and economy are deeply interconnected and cannot be successfully separated. Decisions need to be made with the ecological ceiling and social foundation in mind to avoid exacerbating social and environmental issues. Doughnut economics seeks to establish systems that are intentionally distributive and regenerative. In doing so, doughnut economics seeks to ensure that all members of society have access to high levels of care and support.

Doughnut Economics
Action Lab

In 2012 Kate Raworth, an Oxford University economist, developed an alternative economic system that operates within planetary capacities and is built upon a strong social foundation. The model diverts attention from the familiar exponential upward curve of endless growth to a reinforcing, circular system—akin to that of a doughnut.

For more about the Doughnut Economic Model, visit the Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

Doughtnut Economics
At A Glance
The Province of BC is Committed to
a Balanced Economy

Although in its early stages, the BC Ministry of Finance also recognizes the need to align the province to realistic and sustainable economic goals. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) values are placed at the forefront of economic decision making. The BC economy is now geared towards meeting sustainability goals to accelerate climate action and build a cleaner BC.

In this next economic iteration, the province seeks to mitigate the shortcomings of previous economic models that have exacerbated current housing, affordability, and environmental crises. Doughnut economics however proves to show more dimension and expands upon the province’s ESG mandate.

Nanaimo stands proudly as the first, and still the only North American city to embrace the Doughnut Economics model of balance. In embracing the Doughnut Economic Model. Nanaimo is leading the way in redefining economic success. It’s only the beginning. There is much to be done. We’ll need to make decisions and track development to measure success. Come join the adventure!

Further Reading:
https://time.com/5930093/amsterdam-doughnut-economics/
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/government-finances/debt-management/bc-esg-report.pdf

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