Cambridge Doughnut Economics

The Cambridge Doughnut Economics Action Group (CamDEAG)

Cambridge Doughnut

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Carl Dodd, PRL Ltd. "This excellent group has a desire to create change and to actually get things done. PRL Ltd. are members of Cambridge Doughnut, adding green expertise and a wealth of experience as renovation and retrofit innovators. We wish to encourage a thriving green economy, reduce fuel poverty and increase the availability of healthy, comfortable homes."


How will the doughnut create change in Greater Cambridge?

The Cambridge City Council is leading the way by agreeing to use the doughnut to evaluate council policies and strategies. We invite businesses, universities, and other organisations to do the same.

As an open data initiative, the doughnut will be made into an online, interactive dashboard, accessible by all. We hope this resource will empower individuals with the knowledge they need to transform Greater Cambridge as employees, business owners, volunteers, students, educators, voters, activists, consumers and other agents of change.

We are a community group in Cambridge who are planning the Cambridge Doughnut project. We are building relationships with local government and other key organisations to help deliver this vision for Cambridge as a more just and environmentally sustainable city.

We seek to adopt the Doughnut Economics approach for the city, ensuring that life’s essentials (access to nutritious food, decent housing, etc.) are afforded to all those who work and live in Cambridge, without surpassing the climate and ecological boundaries of the planet.

Visit the FAQs page to learn more about our initiative and the Join Us page if you’d like to join our community action group.


Principles of Practice

We aim to follow the seven principles of practice of doughnut economics in all we do as a group.

DEAL’s Values

We adopt the values of Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL) for the way our group works.

Playful Creativity – Through continuous innovation

Conviction – In transformation & its urgency

Collaboration – Inclusive & participatory ways of working

Agility – Adaptive to people & context

Openness – Based on high trust

Care – For people & planet

Reciprocity – Willingness to share

Excellence – We aim to do things well

The Cambridge Doughnut is a tool for transformative action in Greater Cambridge, inspired by the work of British Economist, Kate Raworth.

The Doughnut’s social foundation (the centre of the doughnut) sets out the minimum standard of living to which we all have a claim.

The Doughnut’s ecological ceiling comprises nine planetary boundaries within which we must live to preserve a stable climate: fertile soils, healthy oceans, a protective ozone layer, ample freshwater and abundant biodiversity on Earth.

Between the social foundation and the ecological ceiling lies a doughnut-shaped space in which it is possible to meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet – " ecologically safe and socially just space in which humanity can thrive.” – Kate Raworth

Decision Wheels and Doughnuts...

Decision wheels are being used by some UK councils, led by the creative example of Cornwall, to help decision makers calculate the impact of projects and policies. Lead officers complete one of these wheels during project or policy development to illustrate the positive and negative impacts of the decision being made. The example to the left illustrates the decision wheel used to understand the cost/implications of a new footpath.