About Tools

Exploring what tools are and how to create your own

A good tool contains:


  • An overview of what's involved
  • The role it plays in turning the ideas of Doughnut Economics into action
  • Some key reasons why you would use it
  • An indication of who it might be relevant for
  • Things to take into account in both planning and delivery
  • A step-by-step guide of how to do it
  • The right balance of simplicity and detail
  • Acknowledgements of who contributed to the tool


Have you got a tool based on Doughnut Economics that you'd like to share with the community? If you do - fantastic! Below, you'll find a guide covering all you need to know to be able to create and upload a great tool so that others can start putting it into action, including the optional use of the DEAL Templates and playful Doughnut imagery.

What is a tool?

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.

Tools engage people in exploring the ideas at the heart of Doughnut Economics and how to turn them into action. Rather than proposing specific policies and institutions, they offer exploratory workshops, activities, lesson plans and methodologies that can be applied in many different places and settings, be it a classroom or boardroom, community hall or city hall.

Tools offer a how-to guide for others to use and adapt something you've already tried out. Most often these how-to guides contain clear steps of what to do, how to do it, what to consider and important things to watch out for. In addition, as tools are there to be used by other members of the DEAL community, they need to contain all the key information someone might need, without being too complicated or hard to follow. 

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How do I create a tool?

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 Tool. 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. 

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 Tags and Themes to help people search for your tool.

6. Add any attachments (called 'Downloads') such as pdfs or presentations. These can only be added one at a time.

7. Either publish the tool by selecting the check-box, or save it as a draft by selecting ‘Add Tool’ without the publish box checked.

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

Step-by-step guide to tool creation

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).
If you don’t have or can’t find a suitable image, you can use one of our Doughnut stock images.

3. In the Main Body editor try and include all the key information people need to know about the tool. Here are our suggested headings:

Overview [Aim for 100 words]
Why use it? [Aim for two or three key three reasons]
Who is it for? [e.g. facilitators, teachers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, consultants]
How long does it take? [State how long and whether this is flexible]
How many people is it for? [State how many and weather this is flexible]
What materials do you need? [State the things people will need to get and prepare in advance]
What does the facilitator need to know or be able to do? [Particular skills or knowledge]
Acknowledgements [A list of people and organisations who contributed to the tool]
Links [Hyperlinks to external websites or documents]

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DEAL Templates

If your tool requires a step-by-step guide or a presentation, you might want to use the DEAL Templates. The templates follow the same format as the DEAL tool guides and presentations and are designed to be clear and easy to use. Here's a 3-minute video covering the key elements of the templates. 

Tool Licensing

All tools uploaded to The DEAL Community Platform - by the DEAL Team and the wider community - are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This means they can be used for any purpose, so long as you provide attribution and share any changes you make, under the same license.

This license applies to the tool’s name, description, main body, embedded images, and downloads such as documents and presentations. It does not apply to external content such as websites or embedded videos, unless these are explicitly specified.

Visit Licensing Rules for more details. 

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