Who is it for?

This tool is to help individuals make a personal version of the doughnut. The aim is to provide guidance on lowering our impact on the earth whilst increasing social purpose and positive ways of being, helping the individual and household to thrive. There is no right or wrong way to do this, just the act of thinking about it is incredibly productive. Working with peers provides a supportive and encouraging environment to consider what action to undertake.

How long does it take?

If you choose to use the descriptors given then it can take an hour or so. If you choose to write your own descriptors then 3-4 hours may be needed to think this through.

How many people is it for?


What materials do you need?

Paper and pen. The downloadable PDF file contains various printable A4 versions.

What does the facilitator need to know or be able to do?

It may be helpful to read this article in advance.



Who's using this tool?

    Eva Marina Valencia Leñero

    Dear Zoe,
    I am trying to use your doughnut also with a group of people. However, we speak in Spanish. Thus, I wanted to ask if I could have an editable doughnut that I can translate and then also share it back here for other Spanish speakers to use.

    27 days ago
    Gavin Ropke

    We will be adapting this personal doughnut to an urban community of 20 people,

    2 months ago
    Michael Pantlin

    This is a great tool! I'm going to use it!

    2 months ago

    This is brilliant! Well done Zoe, and thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely use this, and pass around friends and family to use too.

    2 months ago
    Thomas Hettich

    Zoe, I have worked on personalising my family's doughnut for some time and appreciate the approach you have taken. Any chance you would share the Excel/PPT template that you have used to make the PDF?

    3 months ago
    Zoe Gilbertson

    Hi Thomas, I actually used Adobe Illustrator, it will be a vector based file. I’m sorry that’s not particularly helpful.

    3 months ago
    Thomas Hettich

    If you want, I could see if I can create a Powerpoint (PPT) out of it and then return to you. You can then share the file with the world and everyone can make their own family donut.

    3 months ago
    Alice Howard-Vyse

    This is great Zoe! Thank you. Look forward to using it and sharing with my community.

    4 months ago
    Zoe Gilbertson

    Thanks Alice, let me know how you get on. I'm very happy to update and improve.

    4 months ago

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