In December 2019, a group of pioneering change-makers in Amsterdam came together to form Amsterdam Donut Coalitie - an open network of people enthusiastic about Doughnut Economics who wanted to work together to put the ideas into practice.
Their aim was to make all Doughnut related projects, initiatives and interested people from the region in and around Amsterdam visible to each other, and foster connection so that they could start to collaborate on the deeper systemic shifts that need to happen.
Amsterdam Donut Coalitie now has over 1000 members, and since its launch, over 30 other groups and networks have formed elsewhere around the world, acting to connect and convene the people of their place around the ideas and tools of Doughnut Economics.
If you'd like to start your own group or network around the ideas of Doughnut Economics, or if you'd like to create a profile page for a group or network that already exists, please contact us, and we can arrange an introductory call.
Some of the activities these groups and networks have been undertaking include:
Connecting change-makers already interested in Doughnut Economics and inviting individuals and organisations in their locality to be part of the transformation of their place.
Raising awareness of Doughnut Economics ideas and tools to new audiences in their locality.
Introducing the ideas, tools and guidelines of Doughnut Economics and examples in practice to organisations and institutions in their place (including local government).
Advocating publicly for Doughnut Economics and asking ‘are we doing enough and are we moving fast enough?’
Facilitating peer-to-peer learning on the core ideas of Doughnut Economics.
Connecting with similar networks locally and globally in the wider movement of change.
Convening spaces for group or network members and others to connect, share and celebrate.
Hosting events and workshops to explore the core tools of Doughnut Economics, such as the Doughnut Unrolled tools.
Exploring how new and existing projects and initiatives could become more regenerative and distributive.
When we launched the DEAL Community Platform back in September 2020 we didn’t anticipate the level of interest there would be in forming these groups and networks. So, over the past 18 months we've been learning about the direction these groups and networks wanted to take, and in collaboration with the groups and networks we've now launched some guidelines - based on the Doughnut Principles of Practice - to guide this emerging form of practice.
The purpose of these guidelines is to enable open groups and networks to experiment with the ideas and tools of Doughnut Economics with integrity - healthy boundaries to maximise the ideas' transformative potential.
These guidelines are for:
The ideas of Doughnut Economics are part of a wider movement of change, and we welcome any group or network affiliated with other organisations to use the ideas and tools of Doughnut Economics. In such cases we only ask that you follow DEAL’s Principles and Guidelines that apply to anyone engaging with the ideas and tools.
These guidelines are a starting point - a version 1.0 - that we will collectively reflect upon and evolve as the practice of open groups and networks evolves and new understanding emerges. They are intended to offer considerations for your group or network as you think about how you start and evolve your work. If you have any questions or dilemmas relating to the guidelines, please contact us, selecting the category 'Open Groups & Networks', and we can arrange a time to discuss.
Get inspired, connect with others and become part of the movement. No matter how big or small your contribution is, you’re welcome to join!