About Stories

Introducing stories and how to contribute your own

A good story contains:

  • Lots of pictures and videos (if possible)
  • How you explored Doughnut Economics and why
  • What you learned (that others could learn from)
  • What you plan to do next
  • Where to find out more

Visit DEAL's Principles and Guidelines page for details of licensing and attribution of stories

What is a story?

The DEAL Community Platform contains tools and stories created and uploaded by people who are putting the ideas of Doughnut Economics into practice all around the world, in many inspiring and creative ways. By creating and sharing these tools and stories, members of the DEAL Community breathe life into DEAL's vision of a world in which people and planet thrive in balance.

Stories are examples and case studies of Doughnut Economics being put into action in specific places and contexts, for example through an event, strategy, project, initiative or policy.

Stories can be things that have happened or things that are in progress. They can be a few pictures plus a brief description or they could be more in-depth. 


Here are some stories written by others from broad range of places and contexts.

Why not read a few of these existing and on-going projects and initiatives from around the world, then think how you could share your story to inspire others about what you're doing - we guarantee someone will be inspired to action by your work!

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How do I write a story?

First of all, you'll need to have joined the DEAL Community. This is very quick and easy to do. Once you are logged in, go to Tools and Stories, and select Add a Story. That page briefly explains all the information you need to provide, but for a full run-through you can watch the following 3-minute video which covers all the key steps. 

(Note, this video was created with the v1 platform design as the starting point, but the functionality for how to write a story is the same)

4. Add any images and embed any videos into the Main Body.

These need to be uploaded from file rather than copied and pasted.
Image dimensions are capped at 1200 pixels wide and/or 1200 pixels tall, but the original aspect ratio will be maintained as far as possible.
Videos can be embedded from Youtube links only.

5. Select any relevant Themes to help people search for your story.

6. Either publish the story by selecting the check-box, or save it as a draft by selecting ‘Add Story’ without the publish box checked.

Draft stories appear on your profile page.
Edit, publish or unpublish your story at any stage (whilst logged in) by selecting ‘Edit’ underneath the summary image on the story page.

1. Choose a clear name and description, within the word count limits.

2. Choose a clear and distinctive image to illustrate your story, with the right image dimensions.

Our recommended size is 1200 wide by 628 pixels tall (1.91:1 aspect ratio).

3. In the Main Body editor, write your story, answering some of these suggested questions:

What was your aim or ambition?
What did you do?
Why did you use your chosen tool or approach?
What is it about this approach that worked well in this context?
How did you build interest and engagement?
What might you do differently?
What have you learned along the way that might inspire others?


Join the DEAL Community!

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!