What’s next

How we plan to develop the offering

We were really excited by the response we received from our pilot workshops.

The workshop emphasised the interconnectedness of the topics and brought home how the issues of social justice and sustainability relate to each other.

— Michelle Barker, Senior Front End Developer at Ada Mode and technical writer

The idea of doughnut economics focusing on “The Goldilocks Zone” was something I was somewhat aware of, but was really made much clearer to me.

— Chris Adams, Director The Green Web Foundation

Further formats

We see two clear audiences who will benefit from the existing workshop, and from development of further workshop formats:

  1. Tech Companies

Digital tech companies of all sizes, from start-ups to major international companies, would benefit from investing in one or more workshops with their staff to explore sustainability more deeply using our tech doughnut model.

  1. Not-for-profit “CivicTech” organisations

These workshops could be a highly effective way of enabling these organisations to integrate sustainability and climate impact as a core dimension to their programmes of work, as opposed to a marginal consideration.

For both of these audiences there a number of ways this could happen:

  • Internal pressure from staff to address sustainability more holistically
  • Top down recognition that company/organisation needs to take sustainability more seriously
  • Cost-effective and positive use of staff development and training budgets
  • Effective and proactive use of ESG/CSR resources with positive tangible outcomes
  • Meeting specific project requirement, for example sustainability audit for funding programme, or major client business

We will develop formats of these workshops tailored to these two audiences. These formats will be available for anyone to host their own workshops under a Creative Commons license, or we can provide a facilitation service.

Collection and dissemination of data & insights

We will continue to improve our format so it is easy to capture and standardise findings from future workshops. Over time we will build up a data-rich picture of how the tech sector can address sustainability in a fundamental way. We will continue to share these findings and insights freely.

We will also be able to use the data and insight we collect to engage others at events and through publications on applying the Doughnut model to digital tech sustainability.

We will also place particular emphasis on engaging diverse groups of all genders and in different regions to build a truly inclusive and representative picture of sustainability in the digital tech sector worldwide. 

There is so much potential here to change things, we just have to make sure that – among other things – the people with the power and interest to do it are informed and equipped with the knowledge and tools to foster positive change.

Michael J. Oghia, Sustainability Advocate