In adapting the Doughnut Economics model for Devon (or, changing the ingredients a bit) 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 began by identifying the things we felt needed to be measured. For example, Chris Gunson of Local Spark Torbay zeroed in on Income & Work and added, “How many ‘anchor’ institutions and large companies commit to being a ‘Good Employer’ or paying the ‘living’ wage?” The list grew… Number of hospital beds? Levels of social cohesion and trust between neighbours? Average waiting time for someone wanting mental health care appointment? The amount of private vs. public land? 

Our recipe is called ‘Space for Revitalization’ which is the label on the ring of the Devon Doughnut. Our domain ingredients are modfied from the original:

Social Foundation
Water
Food
Access to Nature
Health & Wellbeing
Education
Income & Work
Political Voice
Safety
Equity & Equality
Community
Housing
Energy

Ecological Ceiling
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Coast & Marine Health
Waterbody Health
Natural Habitat Health
Soil Health
Plastic Pollution
Land Use Change
Biodiversity
Air Quality
Waste

Now 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. Next 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.

Would you like to participate? Let us know.

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