At the Regenerate Devon Summit in July 2019, which brought together 644 participants from all over Devon, the chat window was on fire during the session hosted by Rob Shorter from DEAL. The same happened during a follow-up session with Ilektra Kouloumpi on the Amsterdam Doughnut.
In response to an open invitation from the Bioregional Learning Centre (BLC) on the Regenerate Devon platform a group of people are now meeting online for Coffee and Doughnuts, intrigued by the challenge of Planning, Making and Sharing a Doughnut for Devon. These online collective working sessions have been described as “amazingly collaborative”.
Originally conceived as 6 sessions running from October 2020 to February 2021, the idea is simply to see how far we can get towards a first iteration of a Devon Doughnut. Having consolidated into the Devon Doughnut Collective, the group gave a thumbs up to the process and we are now in Series 3. We started with 4 Doughnut enthusiasts and now we’re up to over 90!
Each session is loosely structured and facilitated by BLC, with local guests like Manda Brookman/Permanently Brilliant, convener of the very first Doughnut Hack in Cornwall in 2018, Peter Lefort, Impact and Partnership Development Officer at University of Exeter (developing the SW Climate Action Network) and Andy Goldring, Permaculture Association CEO, and ‘Our Future Leeds City Hub Coordinator’.
Participants represent themselves as individuals, sharing their experience in food, water, energy, health and wellbeing, education, networks, social equity, design and art.
In the first few sessions we identified the challenge, a working statement of purpose and principles, then established three task teams focused on non-sequential roles: Planning, Making and Sharing a Devon Doughnut. Our ongoing co-design platform on Mural is here. Now we are digging into indicators, finalizing the first iteration Doughnut and have begun an onboarding process. The slide deck tracks our progress.
Everyone is welcome! Contact us if you’d like to step into one of our sessions.