Joining the Doughnut Dots

Version 1.0 (September 2020)


This activity offers a fun way to get to know the dimensions of the Doughnut and their interconnections. Participants are invited to take a card representing one of the dimensions then mingle with the rest of the group, meeting in pairs to introduce themselves and their dimension and discuss possible interconnections.

Why do it?

  • The activity generates a lot of energy and it's a great way for people who don’t know each other to meet
  • Participants get to see their dimension of the Doughnut in different ways through each encounter
  • Through the many encounters, many possibilities for connections between dimensions arise

Who is it for?

Communities | Educators | any groups looking to get to know the dimensions of the Global Doughnut

How long does it take?

45 minutes, but can be done quicker

How many people is it for?

21+, but can be done with fewer

What materials do I need?

Print-outs of each of the dimensions of the Doughnut


Original animation idea, Kate Raworth and Manda Brookman. Activity first trialled by Manda Brookman in The Cornwall Doughnut Hack. Activity guide written by Rob Shorter of DEAL. Additional contributions from Carlota Sanz, Andrew Fanning, Karn Bianco of DEAL.


Who's using this tool?

    John O' Donoghue

    Can you tell me how to download the cards for this activity? Thanks.

    3 months ago
    Rob Shorter

    Hi John, the cards are available via the link at the bottom of the tool, and I've just uploaded a pdf version as well :)

    If you do end up running the activity, do let us know how it goes... What works, what could be better, that kind of thing. Thanks!

    3 months ago

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