Global Donut Day

A day of local action and global connection on Monday 13 November 2023

Donut Brasil / LivMundi hosting a Doughnut Economics workshop in Penha, Rio de Janeiro

What was Global Donut Day?

Global Donut Day #GlobalDonutDay was a day of local, community-led festivals, connected throughout the world, centred around Doughnut Economics.

It was a moment where people from around the world came together, to learn, to share, to meet new people, to inspire and be inspired as we explore what it means for humanity to thrive in the 21st century.

There was a Global Online Programme of talks, workshops, panel discussions, art, games and celebration, alongside over 35 local Donut festivals.

You can see the recordings of the DEAL online programme 1 here and DEAL online programme 2 here, and there will soon be recordings from the other online sessions hosted by local event organisers.

Making a Donut Deal as part of Amsterdam's Donut Day 2022

What can you expect?

Global Donut Day was an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the ideas of Doughnut Economics through an online programme of talks
  • Learn about the good things already happening in your place and the people, groups and organisations making them happen
  • Make new connections - as well as deepen existing relationships - and find allies in your work and areas of interest
  • Be inspired and identify the next steps you can take towards a thriving future for all

Logos of the groups and organisations hosting local Donut festivals

Local Donut Festivals

From Melbourne to Mexico City, Beijing to Birmingham, over 35 places across the world hosted local donut festivals, making new connections and championing pioneers of change.

Global Donut Day Online Programme

The Global Online Programme

The Global Online Programme was a collection of events offered by local event organisers and two programmes of sessions hosted by the DEAL Team.

There were many times and moments for connection within the events and there was a Global Café which acted as a space to meet others, ask questions and mark yourself on the global map.

All the event names, timings and hosts are listed below and full details of each event can be found here.

All DEAL sessions were available in BSL (British Sign Language) interpretation as well as various live language translation (details to be confirmed). See below for further accessibility information. The BSL versions of the videos are being processed and we will update the recordings when they are ready.

Programme of events

08:00 - 01:00 - Global Cafe: a place where you can meet with others participating in Global Donut Day and those interested in how to put the ideas of Doughnut Economics into practice.

DEAL Programme 1

  • 9:00 - 9:30 - Global Connections. Hosted by the DEAL team.
  • 9:35 - 10:25 - An Introduction to Doughnut Economics. Hosted by Kate Raworth.
  • 9:35 - 10:25 - Doughnut Economics for Business: Insights and Experiences From Practitioners. Hosted by Erinch Sahan.
  • 10:35 - 11:25 - Ideas into Action: Organising as a Group or Network for Change. Hosted by Rob Shorter.
  • 10:35 - 11:25 - The Four Lenses of Doughnut Unrolled: Practical Possibilities for Action. Hosted by Leonora Grcheva.
  • 11:30 - 12:00 - Global Connections. Hosted by the DEAL team.

12:00 - 13:00 - Learning from C40 Thriving Cities Initiative in Glasgow and Barcelona. Hosted by London Doughnut Economics Coalition.

12:00 - 14:00 Donut Pioneers and Systemic Change: Starting a European Research Collaboration. Hosted by Amsterdam Donut Coalitie.

13:00 - 14:00 - ACT! as a Doughnut. Downscaling the doughnut for youth. Hosted by MasterPeace, The Netherlands.

13:00 - 14:30 - The Upgraded Brussels Donut Portrait. Hosted by Brussels Donut.

13:00 - 14:30 - Encontro de visões e sonhos: Donut na prática // Meeting of visions and dreams: Donut in practice. Hosted by Donut Brasil.

13:00 - 17:00 - The Rekalibrator: three spiral labrynths of connection. Hosted by Boro Doughnut, Middlesbrough.

14:00-15:00 - Strategic Overview of CIVIC SQUARE our Compass for Neighbourhood Transition(s). Hosted by CIVIC SQUARE, Ladywood, Birmingham.

14:30 - 15:30 - Dialogue on how to use Doughnut Economics by CSOs in Global South. Hosted by MasterPeace

15:00 - 17:00 - Special Screening of BIOCÊNTRICOS Documentary. Hosted by Donut Brasil.

15:00-16:00 - Building a Neighbourhood Portrait of Place - An Evolving Methodology. Hosted by CIVIC SQUARE, Ladywood, Birmingham.

15:00-16:00 - The Future is Already Here: Surfacing Green Shoots of a New Economy in your Place. Hosted by CIVIC SQUARE, Ladywood, Birmingham.

16:00-18:00 - A Just Transition for the Built Environment: social and ecological foundations through the Doughnut. Hosted by CIVIC SQUARE, Ladywood, Birmingham.

16:30 - 18:30 - Die Donut Ökonomie als Steuerungsrahmen für eine nachhaltigere Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft? Herausforderungen und Chancen. Hosted by Doughnut Coalition Hamburg.

17:00 - 17:50 - Panel discussion about the BIOCÊNTRICOS documentary with Janine Benyus, Kate Raworth, Fernanda Figueiredo. Hosted by Donut Brasil.

DEAL Programme 2

  • 18:00 - 18:30 - Global Connections. Hosted by the DEAL team.
  • 18:35 - 19:25 - An Introduction to Doughnut Economics. Hosted by Kate Raworth.
  • 18:35 - 19:25 - Doughnut Economics and Education. Hosted by Carolina Escobar-Tello.
  • 19:35 - 20:25 - Meeting the Needs of All: Tuning in to Our Needs, Yours and Mine. Hosted by Rebecca Lee.
  • 19:35 - 20:25 - From GDP Growth To Thriving In The Doughnut. A conversation between Andrew Fanning and Timothée Parrique.
  • 20:30 - 21:00 - Global Connections. Hosted by the DEAL team.

20:00 - 21:45 - Donut Economics and the Economy of Francis and Clare: how some of the Catholic universities in Brazil are working with these themes. In Portuguese. Hosted by Donut Brasil - Catholic Universities initiative.

23:00 - 23:30 - Global Connections (to complete our relay around the world) and Global Donut Day reflections. Hosted by the DEAL team.

01:30 - 02:30 (14th) - Doughnuts Down Under: creating Doughnut cities in Australia. Hosted by Regen Melbourne & Regen Sydney.

Members of Regen Melbourne forming a Doughnut shape on the beach


Global Donut Day aspired to be as accessible as possible. DEAL workede with the Universal Recognition movement - a building community of Disabled accessibility consultants - to improve the accessibility of Global Donut Day. Global Donut Day recognises that as a network of many local organisers and global communities we are only at the beginning of this learning journey. We do not yet have all the access provisions in place that we would like to. Access is something that we are however continuing to invest in together and to authentically develop.

Access provisions were:

  • A global online programme
  • Recorded online sessions that will be available to watch at a later date
  • A co-created Accessibility Building Block kit for local organisers (due to be published in a couple of weeks time)
  • A Global Donut Day Branding guide for local organisers with in-built accessibility information (please refer to this for alt-text for frequently used logos)

We also acknowledge that accessibility is something that can always be improved upon. For our first Global Donut Day, we are learning as we go. On the registration form there was a section for you to let us know if you have any specific access needs for attending the online programme.


If you have questions that aren't listed here, please contact

Following the Amsterdam Donut Deal Day on 18th October 2022, local organisers of Doughnut Economics groups and networks in London, Munich and Oxford connected with the organisers of Amsterdam Donut Coalition to explore what a collective Doughnut festival might look like, with local festivals in each of their places.

Between January and April, this group of local organisers worked with the DEAL team to find a date and create the initial invitation to all the existing local organisers of Doughnut Economics groups and networks around the world. And from this invitation, 27 local organisers signed up to collaborate on the co-design of the essential elements of Global Donut Day.

Between June and August, this group of local organisers have worked together on naming, branding, accessibility, governance and stewardship of the process of co-design, a process that has led to what you see now.

We settled on the word 'Global' as it relates to the global goal of the Doughnut, it translates well across languages, it is used in the Four Lenses (that brings together local and global perspectives), and it is inclusive of different scales of action from neighbourhood to nation (rather than 'International' evokes more of a national scale or organising).

And we used the spelling 'Donut' for three main reasons: 1) the idea stems from Amsterdam Donut Deal Day, so using the same spelling is to acknowledge that connection 2) DEAL uses the spelling 'Doughnut' but many places use 'Donut' in their local context, so by using 'Donut' for this day, it signals that all ways are welcome, and 3) Donut is shorter and easier to use in visual communications.

If you have any other questions, please free to contact us at

Global Donut Day aspires to be as accessible as possible, however, we recognise that it may not be possible to provide translations for all languages. We are currently working with our community of local organisers to organise and facilitate this. We will release a list of live translated events ahead of the festival, as well as a list of available translated captions.

Local Organisers will have access to easily downloadable assets that will help bring Global Donut Day to life in their community. These assets include: Global Donut Day logos, a brand guide that with guidance on colours, font, and design concepts, and customisable ready-made graphics for social media or print.

While logos, colours, and fonts are accessible now, we currently are developing the brand guide and ready-made graphics which will be made available soon.

See Donut Brazil and Amsterdam Donut Coalition launch posts for examples.

When you register as a Local Organiser you will receive further information about Global Donut Day, which at this stage, includes the local Donut festival guidelines, a benefits document that can be used to help gain buy-in of potential local partners, a building blocks document that can help you start assessing what elements of a local Donut festival you might want to build in our place, and the communications pack with brand guidelines.

We then ask that you join the one-hour bi-weekly Local Organiser calls (every other Monday at 5pm CEST and Tuesday at 10am CEST) and the Local Organisers Slack workspace so that you can connect with the other Local Organisers.

The key commitments you will have as a Local Organiser are to:

  • Follow the guidelines of Global Donut Day and retain coherence between your local Donut festival and Global Donut Day
  • Engage potential local people, groups and organisations who might want to be co-organisers, partners or contributors to the festival
  • Source funding, contributions and other resources (e.g. spaces, time) for the festival
  • Use the DEAL-provided accessibility guidance to make your local Donut festival as accessible as possible
  • Co-ordinate the programme of events and activities locally, weaving these together with the online programme provided by DEAL and other international events organised by other local Donut festivals

The elements of your day can be shaped however you like, according to your own capacity, aspirations, cultural context, local context of strengths, local challenges and where you are on your Doughnut Economics journey. Maybe you just want to tune into the online programme and hold dialogues locally? Or maybe you want to follow in Amsterdam's footsteps and hold a full day of events and workshops, led by partners from your place, from the community, to business, to education, to local government and more?

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