Join the CamDEAG Reading Group
To help us all think like 21st century economists, CamDEAG member Geraint has started a reading group for discussion and research. Join us on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6.30 pm. Everyone is welcome!
Interested in joining the next reading group discussion?
Over the next few months, in a bottom-up, grassroots effort to tackle social and ecological crises, we plan to reach out to the wider community to help us create the 'Cambridge Doughnut'. To achieve this aim, we have developed a list of community-level and city-wide workshops. Please note that the events below are prospective and subject to change. If you'd like to attend or get involved in planning these events, please register your interest on the Join Us page.
Data gathering workshops - Identifying complex social challenges in the city
From homelessness to deprivation figures, the government has a number of ways to measure unmet social need. But is this data sufficient? Does it tell the whole story and does it capture the complexity of social challenges experienced by local residents? Rather than push forward with existing data, we will pause to ask residents with lived-experienced what they think are the key problems in Cambridge driving inequality and deprivation, and whether existing figures capture these sufficiently.
To capture the city's local and global ecological and social impact, a virtual ‘hackathon’ is being considered to crowdsource data and performance indicators for the City Portrait. The DoughnutHack would generate a long list of performance indicators for which data is readily available, identify gaps in data, and create attractive, accessible infographics to help communicate findings.
Date: Saturday or Sunday, TBD
**Please register your interest on the Join Us page to receive future information on this hackathon.**
Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature. In these workshops, we hope to learn more about the native ecology of Cambridge and its surrounding area and the many ways in which this ecology provides a host of life-supporting, ecosystem services. Nature is a great teacher. With these learnings, we will ask participants to consider how new design strategies and nature-based solutions can be integrated into existing city plans and initiatives.
City Portrait workshops
After building our understanding of the city's local and global, social and ecological impact, and having taken inspiration from nature, we will then invite residents to paint a 'portrait' of the city that goes beyond a quantitative assessment of our city's performance. This portrait includes:
- Stories that provide depth and texture to our understanding of local challenges and opportunities for thriving within planetary boundaries;
- A list of local initiatives, policies, social enterprises, and movements that are creating or have created transformative change in one or more areas of the doughnut;
- Short- and longer-term targets to hold key institutions accountable.