Earth calling: market systems are embedded in nature

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Roel Hakemulder's blog on the importance of incorporating environmental and social systems into the MSD approach

Dec. 21, 2021, 2:23 p.m.

Wiebe Vos

Putting it in practice

Thanks a lot for opening our eyes Roel! Think in practice we can combine Kate's doughnut quite easily with our MSD donut. Like you mentioned we already kind of put the social dimension in the center (inclusion of our 'poor' target groups in value chains), so it is mainly about adding the ecological dimension to it. We can simply visualize the ecological boundaries of the natural environment of local systems as an additional outer circle to our donut, in order to take it into account right from the beginning in our system analysis. In practice this comes down to taking into account inside the analysis next to the exsiting 'support functions' and 'rules' also the quantity, quality and diversity of local natural resources and the 'support functions' they provide to our target groups and their communities (you mentioned already great examples like groundwater, waterways, fertile soil, fresh air, diverse forests etc.). I am pretty sure that this will not only lead to better insights in bottlenecks to the functioning of local systems as a whole, but also towards better sollutions as more and more the root causes of these bottlenecks have to do with how (badly) we deal with nature.

Dec. 10, 2021, 10:08 a.m.

Roel Hakemulder


I agree of course, Lorenz. If you have any experience in this field (and it seems from your profile you do) it would be great to hear about it.

Dec. 7, 2021, 10:03 a.m.

Lorenz Wild


Thank you Roel for your blog post on MSD and doughnut economics/nature. In my opinion this is THE big topic for MSD that needs to be addressed more critically and urgently in the next few years by implementers, donors, researchers, etc.