We began by asking, “Could a dashboard of some kind help to provide a picture of how Devon is faring ecologically and economically? Would this be useful to people living and working here? If so, how, and to do what?”

What do we think is important to measure (regardless of the limits of available data)? Do we fully understand Devon’s assets? Did you know that Devon has one of the largest numbers of natural burial grounds in the country?

Should the Devon Doughnut’s indicators (of a healthy Devon) be the same as Doughnuts elsewhere so that global comparisons can be made? Or is it more important for the people who live here to determine the most appropriate indicators and metrics? Yes!

Which is more useful, a completed Devon Doughnut or the process of making one?

How could iterations of a Doughnut be developed, shared and improved? Do we need lots of Doughnuts to describe rural to urban differences, or to respond to different ways of working, such as top-down or grassroots approaches? Should this be a process best left to councils and universities? No!

Could multiple Doughnuts (neighbourhood/community/local/regional/county) be linked by using fit-for-purpose (and therefore somewhat different) dashboards?

Now we are asking, how can ambitions for progressive models–of Care, for example–can be bolstered by activity in other Doughnut domains, like Equity & Equality and Education?

How is resilience brought out by a Doughnut… how does the Doughnut diagram shift in the context of flooding, drought, or a pandemic?

Discussing–together–has raised many knotty questions. Would you like to participate? Let us know.

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