Discuss the inherent contradiction between economic growth and wider global crises. Consider how a systemic view underpins the circular economy. Recognise the complexity of the knowledge economy and how this differs from traditional economic models.
Ask students to identify things that the economy currently needs to grow e.g. fossil fuels, land based resources and minerals. Now set up a webbing game but using these components linked to the economy in the middle. Simulate the tensions created and the strains on the system as the economy grows.
Now ask one group to do the same again and another do the traditional (natural environment) webbing game and then join together to look for links between them.
Again look for tensions and strains on the system as the economy grows.
With the two groups combined, they try to represent a model that avoids these tensions and strains.