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This chapter unpacks the principles behind Doughnut Economics and explains how libraries can lead a long overdue social transition by incorporating the principles into their policies and operations. The actualization of Doughnut Economics will bring about a positive transformation of people’s behavior, which in turn will shift the focus of the economy from unfettered growth and opportunistic monetization to the well-being of people and biodiversity on the planet. In addition, libraries can help facilitate a redistribution of wealth in its various forms by supporting and promoting knowledge sharing. The chapter concludes with a discussion of five simple acts that drive home the need to put people’s well-being and sustainability at the center of our economic model.
Antonelli, M., Tanner, R., Aldrich, R. S., and Ho A. K. (2022). Libraries in the Doughnut Economy. In Tanner, R., Aldrich, R. S. & Antonelli, M. & Ho, A. K. (Eds.). Sustainability in Libraries: Programs and Practices. ALA Editions.
Libraries & Sustainability: Programs and Practices for Community Impact