Local Doughnuts

If you’re interested in how the doughnut economics framework, and the concept of a “wellbeing economy”, can empower change at a local level, you’re in the right place!

Here in Wales, we are forming a “coalition of the willing” – a tribe of “doughnut pushers” – who want to take these tools and concepts into communities and transform them into action – hosting community meetings, forming local action plans, place plans or working groups, and changing the things that are within our collective power to change.

In this meeting on 10th November 2021, Dawn Lyle from Wellbeing Economy Wales introduced the concept of localising doughnut economics as a framework for building a wellbeing economy from the ground up – involving people and communities, and embedded within the goals and principles of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

The meeting heard from the inspirational Helen Lucocq, chief exec and doughnut pusher at the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, who shared her journey of introducing these tools at board level within her organisation, and her plans to encourage communities across the National Park to “localise the doughnut” in their own place planning activities. Helen’s presentation is NOT TO BE MISSED – so please catch up by watching the recording below.


View the Event Recording

Stephen Priestnall of Wellbeing Economy Wales also introduced our work to develop a localised Wellbeing Economy Index for use by Welsh towns, villages and communities – which is driven by our ambition to make wellbeing economics more real, comprehensible and actionable here in Wales.

Wellbeing Economy Wales is now in the process of forming a coalition of communities and practitioners, in partnership with Oxfam Cymru, to start using and developing these tools at a local level. The plan is to form a diverse cohort of people, community groups, organisations and places, to meet at least monthly, starting in January 2022, to share experiences and insights, and to co-create a “Welsh Doughnuts for Wellbeing” toolkit, with the goal of empowering all those who want to make change happen in their own communities.

Since the meeting on November 10th we have received lots of interest from groups, individuals, organisations and potential partners, keen to be involved, support, contribute and learn more. If you want to be part of this exciting learning journey, or have reources to support the project, please get in touch with us at cymru@weall.org, with the subject line: “Welsh Doughnuts”.