Community invited to help shape Worthing's economic future
Released: Friday, 17 November 2023
Businesses, community groups and organisations have gathered together in the first of a series of events to explore different economic models for Worthing.
As part of Global Doughnut Day, which took place on 13th November 2023, we hosted an afternoon of networking, talks and group discussions on Doughnut Economics to see whether this global model could be adapted to the local area and work with our economic principles.
Doughnut Economics aims to create a space for people to thrive that is both ecologically safe and socially just.
Attending on the day were businesses and employers including South Downs Leisure, Shoreham Port and the University of Brighton, as well as representatives from charities and organisations including Community Works, Climate Resilience Centre Worthing, Guild Care, Greater Brighton Economic Board, Transition Town Worthing and Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce.
During the event council leader Cllr Dr Beccy Cooper and Cllr John Turley, Worthing's cabinet member for resources, introduced the core aspects of Doughnut Economics and explored how they could be applied to our principles of being fair, green and local.
There was also a chance for attendees to network with each other as well as delve into the principles in more detail through table-top discussions.
We are planning to host a series of events to explore more economic ideas and models with the community before undertaking design work and creating a practical plan of action that outlines how they could best serve Worthing.
Cllr Cooper said:
“Doughnut Economics aims to meet the needs of people within the needs of the planet, which mirrors our ambition to create an economy that is fair, green and local. We want to explore how this, and other complementary approaches such as community wealth building, can feed into our policies going forward.
“As a council for the community, we want our businesses, residents and community groups to be involved from the start. It was great to see so many people come along for the first event and hear plenty of lively and insightful discussions taking place.”
For more information on Doughnut Economics see:
- Global Doughnut Day - on the Doughnut Economics Action Lab website
- Doughnut Economics Action Lab website
To read about our economic principles, see:
- New economic principles for Worthing - report to the Worthing Joint Strategic Sub-Committee - 5th December 2022 (PDF)
Photos: Networking, talks and group discussions at the Doughnut Economics event in Worthing
Page last updated: 08 December 2023