Back To The Land 2.0
 – A Design Agenda For Bioregions

Today’s ‘post-truth’ politics are better described as pre-truth politics. Populists have picked up on our justified anxiety about the state of the world  – only to divert our attention from the root but invisible causes of our predicament. It’s easier to blame a Muslim, than entropy. The answer? Bring a new story tangibly to life. […]

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of Druids, Biorefineries, Adventure Sport, Ecomuseums, Code Clubs…

I’ve been invited by Pontio Innovation to make a return visit to North West Wales and continue our exploration of Innovation In Small Nation. I’m doing a public talk, too: here is the announcement. BACK TO THE LAND 2.0 Tuesday 6 June, 1800-1900 Main Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Pontio, Bangor, Gwynedd. Are innovations in adventure […]

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Earth Repair In Your Bioregion: Short Course at @SchumacherColl

Ecological Restoration by Design  26-30 June @SchumacherColl In the leave things better economy now emerging, ecological restoration can add new kinds of value to planning and design. But how? This short course, which I am leading together with Lisa Maria Enzenhofer, will introduce you to a constellation of real-world ecological restoration projects, framed by their […]

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Interview: Signals of Transformation and How to Read Them

I was interviewed about How To Thrive by Sarah Dorkenwald for a new book, Visionen Gestalten, which will be published next week. The original English transcript is below. The German text is HERE. SD: What is your vision of the next economy about? JT: My book is for people who fear that there no escape […]

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Making as Reconnecting: Crafts In The Next Economy

The following is an edited version of my keynote talk, delivered by video to the Craft Reveals conference at the Chiang Mai Vocational School in December 2016. The conference was hosted (and my talk commissioned) by the British Council Thailand. Around the world, a new economy is being shaped by a “leave things better” story about […]

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Book launch in India

Amid the spectacular setting created by my hosts at #PuneDesignFestival (above) my talk was miraculously summarised on a single page by the talented @ragasy There followed a #ThackaraThrive book launch in Mumbai at the Indian School of Design & Innovation / Parsons Mumbai  With many thanks to @isdimumbai @RoliBooks and @thamesandhudson    

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Interview with Experimenta (Spain)

On the occasion of the publication of  #ThackaraThrive in Spanish, I did an interview for Experimenta with Dr. Eugenio Vega Pindado. Here below is the English version. 
Q1: This is one of the first interviews with John Thackara in a Spanish magazine. What do you tell to our readers about the main motivation for your approach […]

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Entrevista a Experimenta (in Spanish)

Con motivo de la publicación en lengua castellana de su último libro, John Thackara ha concedido una entrevista a Experimenta. En ella repasa las principales ideas de su pensamiento y los motivos que le han llevado a profundizar en las relaciones entre diseño e innovación social con la mirada puesta en un mundo más sostenible. […]

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From Oil Age to Soil Age

The Design Museum in London opens at its new home this week with, as its centrepiece, an exhibition called Fear and Love curated by Justin McGuirk. I contributed the following text to the book. (Above: Debra Solomon examines nature’s internet at Schumacher College in England) Why we need a new story In 1971 a geologist […]

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