The third and last episode of the Designing Cities for All: RE-generation series Beings of the Economy with DCFA Fellow Shinta Oosterwaal delves into seeking a sanctuary for all life. We will reflect on finding a new story for our economy in which the lost ethics and values are revived. This new story may be uneconomical where it is a safe haven (again). What does that system look like? How can we design an economy for all sanctuary life?
About the DCFA Fellow
Shinta Oosterwaal is a researcher at Avans University of Applied Science and co-author of the book THRIVE – Fundamentals for a new economy , among others. Together with Kees Klomp, she collected a rich palette of very real and innovative economic frameworks beyond capitalism. As an unconventional economist, she reads the economic transition as a logical and organic process of renewal in which universal and expressively un-economic values speak through new thinking and doing in the pockets of change of society as a healing response to a deeply fragmented world. Shinta is particularly fascinated by the existential dimension of transitions and by an economy as a sanctuary for all life.
About this series
The Designing Cities for All: RE-generation series Beings of the Economy with DCFA Fellow Shinta Oosterwaal is an exploration into the idea of an economy as a sanctuary for all life. Our current economic system and thinking is resulting in polycrises. Yet beyond scenarios of doom and catastrophe, something seems to appeal to a new wholeness. We need healing responses to a deeply fragmented world with a new economy. In this series, we dive deeper, personally, and ask the question ‘how’ we may embark on a transformative journey to wholeness within the context of our economy.
About Designing Cities for All: RE generation
Over the first two years of Designing Cities for All (DCFA), we’ve learned about exclusion by design and the (re)design of inclusive cities. Along the journey, a certain question kept popping up: what exactly does ‘for all’ entail? After focusing mostly on the ‘who’ over the past two years, DCFA is rebooting as Designing Cities for All: RE-generation . This way around, the series is also incorporating the ‘what’ by looking through the fresh lens of regenerative design. This emerging field might very well be a promising answer to the challenges of our time, as it focuses on the design of products, services, systems and processes that lead to both social and ecological recovery and that keep the systems healthy.