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Doughnut Economics Action Lab


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Civics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 6 minutes, 3 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus



YouTube Video

Meet the Economy

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  • This video describes four sectors of the economy that take into account all of the contributions (paid and unpaid) of people within a society: the market, household, state, and commons.
  • While the market sector promotes a self-interested mindset, the other sectors are based on community, supporting family, and giving. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students will be introduced to the concept of valuing the work of parents, people caring for elderly or disabled family members, volunteers, and others who do not have income associated with their contributions to society.
  • The video uses graphs and diagrams to illustrate the concepts.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with economics terms, such as supply, demand, externalities, socialism, consumer, producer, and free market.


  • Economics and social studies classes could discuss the role that households play in the economy. Students could make a list of the daily and weekly household tasks that prepare people for the workforce and think about who is in charge of those tasks in their homes. 
  • Economics classes could discuss the connection between the environment, the need for natural resources to supply the economy, and the economic system currently in place. In small groups, students could discuss how climate change affects the economy today and how it might in the future.
  • Other resources on this topic include this Khan Academy video and assessment on the tragedy of the commons, this TED video on designing a thriving economy, and this lesson on doughnut economics.
Scientist Notes
This resource evaluates economic provisioning and the relationships existing between human needs, resources, and well-being. There is no misconception and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
      • D2.Civ.14.9-12 Analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.11.9-12 Use economic indicators to analyze the current and future state of the economy.
      • D2.Eco.15.9-12 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, rights of citizens, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
      • D2.Eco.9.9-12 Describe the roles of institutions such as clearly defined property rights and the rule of law in a market economy.
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