What is Doughnut Economics?

Doughnut Economics aims to rethink our economies to meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet. You can find out more by visiting About Doughnut Economics.

What is Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL)?

Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL) is putting 21st century economic thinking into practice in order to create regenerative and distributive economies where people and planet thrive in balance. You can find out more by visiting About DEAL.

Who are the DEAL Team?

We are a dynamic team dedicated to turning the ideas of Doughnut Economics into action. Meet each member of the DEAL Team and find more out about our current projects.

What are the rules for joining the platform, and becoming a member of a community?

Please see our Code of Conduct for a full description of what it means to be a member of the DEAL community, including what you can expect of us and what we ask of you in return. Only individuals can currently join the platform, not organisations.

How do I create a local group, coalition or network around the ideas of Doughnut Economics?

Before creating a new local group, coalition or network, we recommend you consider the following three things:

1. connecting with other members of the DEAL Community who are in your location, and learning more about what’s already happening where you live. Find members near you

2. whether there are any existing like-minded networks that are already in a position to mobilise around these ideas such as Transition Network, WEAll Hubs and Extinction Rebellion.

3. whether you are able to dedicate the time and energy required to both create and sustain an effective and dynamic new network.
If, after considering these things, you would still like to create a new local group, we’d love to hear from you! We’ll then arrange a call to discuss the name of your group, along with the criteria for creating new groups, coalitions and networks.
Considerations for the name of your group:
  • We ask that you choose a name that doesn’t include ‘DEAL’ or ‘Doughnut Economics Action Lab’ because this is Doughnut Economics Action Lab: a global community that everyone is invited to join.
  • We're conscious that the name of a group has the potential either to communicate that it is a part of a movement mobilised around the ideas of Doughnut Economics in a particular place, or to accidentally communicate that it is Doughnut Economics for that place. For example DonutEconomicsNetworksParis.org sounds like part of a movement whereas DonutEconomicsParis.org sounds as though it is Doughnut Economics for Paris. We therefore ask that you don’t use the name “Doughnut (or Donut) Economics [place name]”.
  • We have protected ‘Doughnut Economics’ and ‘Donut Economics’ with trademarks. We’ve done this to make sure that this term is always used with integrity and is not misrepresented or watered down.
Considerations for the principles of a group in practice:
  • We ask that you follow the Doughnut Principles of Practice, in particular, you should aim to be a network that is transformative for any member organisations (Principle one) and not one that is subject to greenwashing.
  • We ask that your work and network is non-profit, non-commercial, open and inclusive. All individuals who are aligned with the goals of Doughnut Economics should be able to join.
We hope these boundaries help to unleash our collective creativity, much like the boundaries of the Doughnut itself. And in the spirit of learning and improving together, we may need to adjust these rules in the future. Updates will follow in our newsletters. If you already have suggestions that you think can help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

I want to "downscale" the Doughnut to my city or place. How do I start?

We have published a detailed methodological guide, called Creating City Portraits, which describes the methods that were chosen to create 'Thriving City Portraits' in several cities, including Amsterdam, and it also identifies useful resources and alternative approaches that we came across in this process of downscaling the Doughnut to places.

Is the DEAL platform or any of its content available in languages other than English?

Currently, we are offering most content in English only, but translating the site and tools into multiple languages is a priority for us. If you are interested in providing translations please do get in touch via the Contact page and select the 'Translations' category.

In the meantime, many modern internet browsers have translation features built in, or added via extensions, that can automatically machine translate the content of our web pages. For examples see Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

How do I upload content to the DEAL platform?

For uploading tools and stories, please see 'About Stories' and 'About Tools' for more details.

To add an event that's relevant to the DEAL community, head over to the Events and click 'Add an event', which includes posting guidelines.

How do I get advice or ask a question about a tool on the community platform?

If you have a question or want advice about a specific tool on our community platform we encourage you to post a comment on the tool itself where either the DEAL Team or our community can respond and everyone can learn from the responses.

Do I need to share any personal information to join the DEAL community?

Yes. DEAL takes your privacy very seriously. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

I'm having technical problems with the site or I've found a problem, can you help?

Yes! Please Contact Us and choose 'Platform' from the category selection and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

I'm organising an event, and I would like to invite a member of the DEAL team. How do I get in touch?

Please Contact Us and choose 'Events' from the category selection to send us a message about any Doughnut-related events.

Can you point me to a list of research articles and reports that use Doughnut Economics?

Yes! Here is a list of academic articles and reports that we update periodically. This list is not exhaustive, and please do let us know if you would like us to add additional sources by sending a message via the contact page and choose 'Research & Data Analysis' from the category options.

Is this website's source code open source?

Not quite yet, but it will be. In the spirit of open design and creating commons resources, we do plan to release the source code for the DEAL website and Community Platform as soon as possible. We’ll share further news here, on social media and in our newsletter.

Does DEAL have a certification programme for consultants?

Not at present, however we think that a certification programme could have huge benefits for everyone: it would create confidence for consultants, for the recipients of their work and for DEAL. It would also protect the integrity of the concept and ensure that Doughnut Economics is used in a transformational way. We are currently exploring this idea and we will follow up with updates in the coming months. 
In the meantime, if you're interested in this, we'd love to hear from you. You can do this by visiting the DEAL Contact Page and selecting the category ‘Certification of consultants’.

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