Cities gather for inspiring peer-to-peer learning

Read about DEAL’s first P2P learning session for city and regional administrations engaging with Doughnut Economics

Ever since pioneering cities and regions from around the world started working with the concepts and tools of Doughnut Economics, we have seen the power of peer-to-peer inspiration in action. And on 9 March we (the DEAL team) held our first peer-to-peer learning session to create a space for these cities to share, learn and exchange experiences and address shared challenges with others. 

The call was hosted by the DEAL team and we invited all city, regional, national administrations and local governments that have begun engaging with Doughnut Economics and have gotten in touch with the DEAL team over the past two years, along with any organisations or individuals that have been supporting them. 

The call was joined by 70 participants from around 40 cities and regions around the world including Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bad Nauheim (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Nanaimo (Canada), El Monte (Chile), Ipoh (Malaysia), Cali (Colombia), Mexico City (Mexico), Glasgow (Scotland), Cornwall (England), Yerevan (Armenia), Tel-Aviv Yafo (Israel) and many more (see map). And in many ways it represented a significant moment for DEAL,  to acknowledge, celebrate and reflect on all the amazing work and innovation that has been led by cities all over the world since Amsterdam published the first City Portrait a little under 2 years ago.

Places engaging with Doughnut Economics that attended the learning session

Leonora, our Cities and Regions Lead, and Rob, our Communities and Art Lead shared with everyone a bit about what we’ve been seeing and learning over the past year or two, as cities and regions have been working on embedding the tools and concepts of Doughnut Economics into planning, decision-making, policymaking, strategy development, internal management and community engagement processes. We also shared how we at DEAL are planning to continue supporting cities in the coming period, including a dedicated Cities & Regions thematic page on this platform, continuing and enriching these peer-to-peer sessions, and starting a regular series of public webinars where different cities will be able to share their work with the entire DEAL Community.

We heard from two cities that have been tracing their own paths with Doughnut Economics: Bad Nauheim, Germany and El Monte, Chile. Then participants got to meet their peers in breakout rooms, and heard each other’s experiences as they discussed both the transformative potential and the challenges of working with Doughnut Economics.

Participants shared experiences discussing in breakout rooms

This is our first venture into peer-to-peer learning spaces, and what came out of these rich conversations will guide our next steps and future learning sessions. Questions we are reflecting on include: How can we best design spaces for peer learning? What are the best ways for cities to come together and learn from each other? What are the best ways for all the different changemakers that work in cities to learn from each other - from public sector agencies to businesses, communities and organisations, consultancies and city networks, individuals and neighbourhood groups?  

We are planning for this peer-to-peer call to be the first of many, and soon we will be starting peer-to-peer learning calls for communities, as well as exploring what it means to have shared learning spaces with both local government and communities together.

If your local government, organisation or community group is using the concepts and tools of Doughnut Economics to transform your neighbourhood, city, or region and you want to join us in this journey of collaborative learning in action, do get in touch with us and we look forward to seeing you join our global learning community!




    Carolina Rocha Santa Maria


    I want to collaborate with existing efforts for all forms of life to thrive in the planet.

    Sanjiv Shrivastava

    North Saanich, BC

    Using Doughnut economic and principles to develop planning strategies

    Bjørn Hauger

    Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norge

    I have a particular interest in The Donut's social foundation, and how The Donut's model could be downscaled and used in smaller m

    Dorothy Knable (NA'bul like table)

    New York, United States of America

    In both CA and now, NYC, (We moved for grandchildren) I've helped with environmental groups from to Sunrise Movement.

    Brian Dowling

    Hacienda Heights, California, United States of America

    Interest in applying Systems Thinking and Complex Adaptive Systems through heterodox economics.

    Elena Vallianatou-Voutsina

    Athens, Greece

    I'm fully engaged with the idea of educating societies on environmental literature, through adult lifelong learning.

    Don Dwiggins about 2 years ago

    Suggestion: use a different projection for the map. As you can see, the classic (Mercator) projection "crowds" some areas (especially in Europe) while leaving other areas "unused". Check out "" for other options.

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    Leonora Grcheva about 2 years ago

    Thanks for the suggestion Don!

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