Personal Doughnut Template

A template to develop a personal doughnut

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.








    Jonny Prest

    Leicester, UK

    I want to deliver the doughnut economic model to my clients to help them build a regenerative business and brand.

    Monica Lobo


    I am looking for inspiration and to join forces to build better future.

    Ana Arribas Sebastián about 2 months ago

    Thanks for sharing, Zoe! I found it very interesting.

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    Eva Marina Valencia Leñero about 2 years ago

    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.

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    Paco Briseño almost 2 years ago

    Eva, Count on me for the translation as well

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    Gavin Ropke about 2 years ago

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

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    Michael Pantlin about 2 years ago

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

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    HEATHER JOHNSON about 2 years 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.

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    John Adams 12 months ago

    Heather - Were you able to find a way to edit the personal doughnut graphic?  I am trying to use this but don't have the means to customize it.
    Thanks - John

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    Thomas Hettich over 2 years ago

    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?

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    Zoe Gilbertson about 2 years ago

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

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    Thomas Hettich about 2 years ago

    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.

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    John Adams 12 months ago

    Thomas, Were you able to produce a format for this that can be shared?  I am struggling to find any software to recreate this personal doughnut so that I can use it locally in the U.S.  Thanks - John

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    Alice Howard-Vyse over 2 years ago

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

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    Zoe Gilbertson over 2 years ago

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

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    John Adams 12 months ago

    Zoe - are you still active with the personal doughnut you created?  I am trying to find easy-to-use software to try to recreate this so that I can use it in the U.S. but am not having any luck.  I know there was a lot of interest on this a year ago and was hoping maybe some other members came up with an easy-to-use solution to edit the personal doughnut.
    Thanks - John

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