Doughnut Economics Education: A Teacher's Guide

An overview of the lessons, activities and teaching tools available on the DEAL Community Platform

Version 1.0 (Last updated: 02 October 2020)


What you'll find here is an evolving overview of the lesson plans, activities and other teaching tools available relating to the concept of the Doughnut, the Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist and Doughnut Economics in practice.

It contains both tools that are available now and some tools that are in development that will be shared on the platform soon.

Introductory lectures

Introductory lectures on Doughnut Economics

A series of four lectures covering the fundamentals of Doughnut Economics, hosted by Ubiquity University, introducing the core ideas of Doughnut Economics, how it can be applied to cities and businesses, and stories and insights from inspiring changemakers already putting these ideas into action, from the national scale, to the city or regional scale to the community scale.

Teaching tools relating to the Doughnut

What is the Doughnut?
A introduction to the concept at the heart of Doughnut Economics

Joining the Doughnut Dots
An activity for getting to know the dimensions of the Doughnut and their interconnections

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

Doughnut Dreams
An activity to imagine your vision of a future when we are all living in the Doughnut

Teaching tools relating to the Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Meet the Economy
Exploring the four core spheres of activity at the heart of the economy: the market, state, household and commons

Economic Man vs Humanity: A Puppet Rap Battle
A playful introduction to the limitations of the model of humanity at the heart of mainstream economics

Introduction to Systems Thinking (In development)

Regenerative and Distributive Design
Three short videos introducing these core concepts

Youth Mayors Field Guide
Free, online curriculum / tools for teenagers to learn systems thinking, design thinking and the Doughnut to make change

How are we hooked into growth? (In development)
A lesson that introduces the growth paradigm and explores 8 reasons why mainstream economies are hooked into this goal

Teaching tools relating to Doughnut Economics in practice

Donut Days
A 7-step guide to introducing a 'Donut Day' in your school

Doughnut Unrolled tools

Exploring National Doughnuts
An interactive website hosted by the University of Leeds to visualise and explore Doughnuts for more than 150 countries

Innovations in the Doughnut (In development)





    Ken Novak

    St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa USA

    I co-investigate life with philosophy students at a Catholic university. Donut Economics integrates with business ethics.

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