Take a Stand

An activity to explore the diversity of views about whether humanity can get into the Doughnut by 2050

Version 1.0 (September 2020)


This activity is based on the question ‘Can humanity get into the Doughnut by 2050?’, with four different answers represented in the picture. Participants are invited to ‘take a stand’ and go to the corner of the room that best represents their view, then share their thoughts with others, write them down collectively, then go to another corner and reflect on and respond to what they see. Thoughts and responses are recorded on large sheets of paper and then put on walls to create a gallery of ‘Doughnut debates’. The activity ends with a period of reflection, inviting participants to notice how their view has changed or not, based on what they’ve seen and heard from others.

Why do it?

  • The activity is great for exploring the diversity of views held within a group by listening to, and learning from, others who express different views
  • It creates an opportunity to explore what ideas and arguments change our minds
  • And it creates a space to connect with and acknowledge the emotions that this question might bring up

Who is it for?

Communities | Educators | any groups interested in exploring the concept of the Doughnut

How long does it take?

90 minutes (but can be done in less time)

How many people is it for?

10 - 50

What materials do I need?

Picture (download below), 4 large sheets of paper (at least A2), pens, post-it notes

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

Respond to and hold space for emotions that may arise


Original activity by Kate Raworth
Activity guide by Rob Shorter at DEAL
Additional contributions from Hannah Dewhirst


Open the activity guide in Google Docs
Open the Take a Stand picture in Google Slides





    Yeu Wen Mak

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    For now, I will say that I have been inspired by Kate's work all these years!

    Luis Osorio

    Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia

    I'm here to learn and put my experience to the service of downscaling the doughnut to my city Medellin and my country Colombia.


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