Donut Design (Past)

A workshop for designers, by designers

Designers want to solve problems. But let's face it, most designers are part of the problem. Their ‘solutions’ drive consumption and inequality, create waste and destroy nature. As this has led to an existential crisis of humanity, the question is: what is the crisis approach of designers? What must they do to turn the tide? 

In this workshop, Kate Raworth shares with us the story of her bestseller Doughnut Economy. An economy with a purpose other than ever-increasing growth and consumption: namely to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. An economy that offers seven clear principles that everyone can work with. Certainly designers. As Kate says: the most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world. 

Two of these principles are true design principles, so we will go into them in more detail: regenerative and distributive by design. Then we get to work. We do this in interdisciplinary teams, who can choose from two briefs: 1) How can we accelerate the global social tipping point, 2) How can we create crisis design briefing for all design questions and 3) In addition there’s a Wildcard for teams who wish to work on their own strategy. 

After this serious fun design jam we’ll enter in a dialogue about the ideas and sketches created by the teams. Not just to marvel, to learn, perhaps to combine. But also to discuss what it takes to make them a reality, to strategize and to plan. 

For whom? 

The workshop is for professional designers from all disciplines (on invite only) 




    Polly Gibb

    Shropshire, England, UK

    To share and learn with DEAL to embed the doughnut into my work with with microbusiness and university teaching.

    Ruurd Priester

    Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

    I love working with doughnut enthusiasts to create real change.


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