Doughnut Unrolled: Data Portrait of Place

A handbook of approaches for collecting targets and indicators across each of the four lenses for your place

Version 2.0 (April 2022)



The goal of the Doughnut is to meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet, but what does this mean for the neighbourhoods, cities, districts or nations where we live?

To help you explore this question we've created Doughnut Unrolled, a concept that takes us from the Doughnut to four 'lenses' that invite you to look at the interplay between local aspirations and global responsibilities in your place – both socially and ecologically – and identify possible entry-points for transformative action.

Unrolling the Doughnut

This tool - Data Portrait of Place - is a handbook of approaches for collecting targets and indicators in your place, across each of the four lenses, to create a holistic snapshot or a 'portrait' of your place's performance with respect to local aspirations and global responsibilities, both socially and ecologically.

Open the tool in a separate window here and preview several pages of the handbook below.

A preview of the Data Portrait of Place

Data Portrait of Place is one of five Doughnut Unrolled tools that work together to apply the ideas of Doughnut Economics to your place:

Together they help you create a 'Doughnut Portrait' of your place - a holistic picture with diverse inputs and perspectives - that can act as a starting point for transformative action.

DEAL's set of Doughnut Unrolled tools

Whilst we are launching these tools in English we are also kicking off a process for translating all 5 tools into some languages and we will share more details of this in the following weeks.

Why use it?

The Data Portrait of Place handbook enables you to create a holistic data-led perspective of what it means for your place to thrive and to help bring humanity into the Doughnut.

It invites you to collect targets and indicators to compare desired outcomes versus current performance of your place, offering a 'portrait' to discuss complex issues, which can keep evolving as more data is identified, created and made available over time.

It complements the Community Portrait of Place approach, which invites the people of your place to share their knowledge, ideas, lived-experience and aspirations around all four lenses of the Unrolled Doughnut.

So we invite you to explore both these approaches - Data Portrait of Place and Community Portrait of Place - to build a rich and holistic portrait of your place, that draws upon both data and the many and various contributions from the people of your place.


Who is it for?

This tool is for anyone who wishes to measure performance in their place with respect to the ideas of Doughnut Economics.
Important note: If you wish to use these tools as part of your consultancy or professional advisory services for others, then we require that you follow DEAL's policy for consultancies and professional advisors.


How long does it take?

The time required for desk-based data collection, analysis, and writing is highly variable, ranging from a couple weeks for a rapid exploratory assessment to several months (or more) for a more comprehensive study.

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Healthy living systems rely on good feedback loops and we invite your comments, reflections and suggestion from using this tool to help us iterate and evolve for future versions.

You can do this in three ways:

  1. Leave a comment in the section below called Join the conversation. The benefit of this approach is that everyone can see and benefit from what you share.
  2. Share detailed comments and suggestions in this dedicated Data Portrait of Place online collaborative feedback document.
  3. Contact the DEAL Team directly via the contact form, choosing the category 'Tools and Stories'.



The Doughnut Unrolled methodology was conceptualised by Kate Raworth of Doughnut Economics Action Lab and Janine Benyus of Biomimicry 3.8, and this methodological handbook was written by Andrew Fanning, Kate Raworth, Olya Krestyaninova, and Fredrik Eriksson, with valuable contributions from Rob Shorter, Leonora Grcheva, and Ruurd Priester from Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

We are so very grateful to all of the contributors who joined the co-creative global South workshops (Apr-Jun 2021), including: Ali Mohammad Rezaie and Sarder Shafiqul Alam from ICCCAD; Peggy Antrobus, Robin Mahon, and Sharon Almerigi from Regenerate Barbados; Ana Lavaquial and Luciane Countinho from LivMundi; Juan-Carlos Goilo from Curacao Donut Economy; Alvaro Cedeno, Eduard Muller, and Fernanda Pia from Costa Rica Regenerativa; Mohak Gupta, Sebastian Louvet, and Zeenat Niazi from Development Alternatives; Margie Ong from Thoughts in Gear and Tobias Mangelmann; Borce Trenovski from University of Ss Cyril and Methodius; Aggie Kalungu-Banda from Beyond Business School; Zehra Zaida from Dark Matter Labs; Eva Gurria, Gonzalo Pizarra, Justyna Krol, Lejla Sadiku, Prateeksha Singh, and Renata Rubian from UNDP.

We would also like to thank all the DEAL Community members who reviewed and contributed to a working draft of this handbook (Jul-Sep 2021), including Roberto Soundy, Five 4 Fine Ayurveda, Dur Montoya O, Estie Boshoff, Brian Dowling, Eva Valencia, Adolfo Chauton Perez, Hannah Strobel, Philippe Coullomb, Carrick Reddin, Nelly Minasyan, Don Dwiggins, Tom Gilchrist, Anonymous, Evelyn Canelas, Gianluca Gatti, Jennifer Brandsberg-Engelmann, Sofia Lara, Ines Garcia, Pina Fritz, Skilty C. Labastilla, Marcela Rodas, Liz Cota, Markus Neubauer, Shellm Anderson, Alice Henry, Linda Angulo Lopez, Jared Bybee, Barry Camson, A Ford, and meli scioli. You can find our responses to your comments and suggestions in this spreadsheet.

This handbook builds upon a previous version co-created with C40 Cities, Circle Economy, and Biomimicry 3.8, entitled ‘Creating City Portraits: A methodological guide from the Thriving Cities Initiative’, which was greatly enriched by contributions from colleagues and advisers including: Julia Lipton, Tom Bailey, Josh Alpert, Elvia Rufo Jimenez, Zach Tofias, Cécile Faraud, Mehrnaz Ghojeh, Chantal Oudkerk Pool, and Krisztina Campbell from the C40; Ilektra Kouloumpi, Annerieke Douma, Max Russell, and Jurn de Winter from Circle Economy; Jamie Dwyer, Nicole Hagerman Miller from Biomimicry 3.8; Paul van Schaik from Integral Institute; Ieva Rozentale from Mindworks; Philip Vergragt, Manisha Anantharaman, Halina Brown, and Christoph Rupprecht from SCORAI; Anne Owen from the University of Leeds; Kate Meyer from the Planetary Accounting Network; Nicolas Esposito, Haley Jordan, and Helena Rudoff from The City of Philadelphia; Kyle Diesner and Amanda Watson from The City of Portland, Oregon; Eveline Jonkhoff and Juan-Carlos Goilo from the City of Amsterdam; Christoph Gran and Tabea Waltenberg from ZOE Institute; Laure Malchair from Co-Create; Philippe Roman and Geraldine Thiry from ICHEC; Francesca Zecca from the University of Edinburgh, and Carlota Sanz from Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

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