Doughnut for Devon
BLC is leading the co-design of the Devon Doughnut. Convened in October 2020, the Devon Doughnut Collective has grown from 4 to over 90 people in under 8 months, contributing over £36,000 of in-kind volunteer professional time to the process. The Collective includes individuals, community representatives, NGOs leading the green future of Devon, academics, councillors and outside experts.
The Doughnut model of a regenerative economy was proposed by Kate Raworth in her 2017 book Doughnut Economics. Since then it has gained traction around the world for the way in which it links the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s planetary boundaries and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into a coherent framework for an economy in line with the Paris Agreement.
The first iteration of the Devon Doughnut. Draft, for demonstration purposes – scores are fictional.
A story of building collective will
In adapting the Doughnut Economics model for Devon we are making a clear distinction between Kate Raworth’s first Doughnut (with indicators drawn from available data) and our regional (urban + rural) Doughnut that specifically relates to the uniqueness of Devon, works into the potential for change and leads with narrative data that people on the ground can relate to. We are establishing contextualized indicators and ‘twinned thresholds’ for each domain with parallel, linked, pathways to action for policy-makers and citizens. These pathways lead into the ‘space for revitalisation’ in the ring of the Doughnut. We are not only creating a baseline, we are revealing innovative actions on human wellbeing and livelihoods, biodiversity and climate change. Now it needs the input of end-users to put the first prototype to use, to refine it and make it work for them and for Devon.
The journey so far
The Devon Doughnut has been acknowledged locally, nationally and internationally as the leading example of Doughnut Economics principles as applied to a whole region (urban+rural).
- Recently named winner of an international Aix-Marseille University placemaking award in the Economy Development category
- Featured in the recent Bold Change conference alongside the Amsterdam, Melbourne and Ireland Doughnuts
- On a panel ‘Community Wealth Building in Devon and the South West’
- Hosting a session at Plymouth University’s Sustainable Earth 2021.