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Imagine two concentric circles, one inside the other: a social foundation to ensure the protection of every human being, and an ecological ceiling to prevent the overshooting of the planet’s boundaries. This is the doughnut: the ecologically safe and socially just sweet spot in which humanity can thrive. Widely hailed as a radically ground-breaking work, Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics identifies the seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has betrayed global society.

Debunking the myth of ‘rational economic man’ and unpicking the argument that economic growth must continue at all costs, Raworth offers an exciting and viable roadmap for bringing humanity into the sweet spot represented by the doughnut. A must-read for anyone interested in transforming the global economic system into a force for good within the means of the planet.

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When Schumacher’s original eco-bible was published in 1973, it had a profound effect on people who were ready to question mainstream economics and became a global best-seller. “Wisdom demands a new orientation of science towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and the beautiful,” argues Schumacher, whose collection of essays contrasts the efficiency of large-scale industrial systems with the resilience and flexibility of smaller, decentralised models.

In challenging the paradigm of mindless economic consumption, Schumacher advocates for the concept of “enoughness” and argues that economic systems should service communities, not corporations.

Read more of our Climate Classics: timeless works exploring themes of climate change and biodiversity loss.