Joining the Doughnut Dots

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

Version 1.0 (September 2020)


This activity offers a fun way to get to know the dimensions of the Doughnut and their interconnections. Participants are invited to take a card representing one of the dimensions then mingle with the rest of the group, meeting in pairs to introduce themselves and their dimension and discuss possible interconnections.

Why do it?

  • The activity generates a lot of energy and it's a great way for people who don’t know each other to meet
  • Participants get to see their dimension of the Doughnut in different ways through each encounter
  • Through the many encounters, many possibilities for connections between dimensions arise

Who is it for?

Communities | Educators | any groups looking to get to know the dimensions of the Global Doughnut

How long does it take?

45 minutes, but can be done quicker

How many people is it for?

21+, but can be done with fewer

What materials do I need?

Print-outs of each of the dimensions of the Doughnut


Original animation idea, Kate Raworth and Manda Brookman. Activity first trialled by Manda Brookman in The Cornwall Doughnut Hack. Activity guide written by Rob Shorter of DEAL. Additional contributions from Carlota Sanz, Andrew Fanning, Karn Bianco of DEAL.


Open the activity guide in Google Docs
Open the dimensions of the Doughnut in Google Slides





    Adam Kallish

    Chicago, Illinois, United States

    Want to shift to humanity centered design

    Christian Zauner

    Vienna, Wien, Austria

    I attended Kate's book tour event in Vienna. Have been startled since that it hasn't gotten mainstream by now.

    Kate Copeland-Rhodes

    Uttoxeter, England, United Kingdom

    We are currently exploring how the Doughnut Economics Model could be used to support the Staffordshire & Stoke.

    Deborah Weinreb

    Bristol, England, United Kingdom

    A social practice artist and fan of DE I hope to highlight the power of artist involvement.

    Kimberly Byrd

    Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    The Doughnut of Justice forms the foundation of my sustainability teaching. I'm excited about collaborating/co-creating!

    John O' Donoghue almost 3 years ago

    Can you tell me how to download the cards for this activity? Thanks.

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    Rob Shorter almost 3 years ago

    Hi John, the cards are available via the link at the bottom of the tool, and I've just uploaded a pdf version as well :)

    If you do end up running the activity, do let us know how it goes... What works, what could be better, that kind of thing. Thanks!

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