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Ideas for the City That Cares: Ezio Manzini’s new book, Livable Proximity

Below is my review of LIVABLE PROXIMITY: Ideas for the City that Cares, by Ezio Manzini (with a contribution by Ivana Pais). This review appears in the June 2022 edition of She Ji A city that cares brings new meaning and vitality to a world exhausted by a focus on concrete, and consumption. In these […]

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Tonantsintlalli – a multidimensional Mother Earth


Can indigenous knowledges help us inhabit our own places in a more adaptive and responsive ways? Can connection with these kinds of lived experience help us redefine development, and progress in our own situations? The text below is my introduction to Tonantsintlalli – a multidimensional Mother Earth presented by Desiree Hernandez Ibinarriaga & David Marcelino […]

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Microbes and Social Equity. Tools for Changemakers. Meetups & Offsites

March 2022 Newsletter CONTENTSMicrobes and Social Equity Tools for Changemakers Multi-Species Cities Design for Planet School for Village Hosts Meetups/Retreats Offsites for Teams MICROBES AND SOCIAL EQUITY (VIDEO) Ninety nine percent of life is invisible – so how do we design for that? To begin that conversation, I talked with Dr. Suzanne Ishaq – a […]

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Design for Multi-Species Cities

What would it mean to practice design in the knowledge that the well-being of humans, and non-humans, is inter-connected? A recent design workshop at Milan Polytechnic explored just this question: practical ways to make cities hospitable for all of life, not just human life. Students were challenged to design an artefact, an intervention, or an […]

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“An inspiring design”

For its inaugural meeting, @designcouncil asked its eight Design For Planet Fellows, of which I am one, to share “an inspiring design”. I chose a publication called Regenerative Empathy – and below I explain why. “Place” wrote Simone Weil, “is a doorway into caring. Love of place can unite people across diverse ideological spectra. It […]

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My newsletter: Meetup dates | Regenerative Design in China | Back To The Land 2.0

CONTENTSDates for my Meetups/Retreats in 2022YouTube Channel Nature Reconnection: Hour of Ecology ProjectRegenerative Design in China School for Village Hosts in Europe Back To The Land Summer School in Sweden Recent Publications THACKARA MEETUPSPRE-ANNOUNCEMENT & SUMMER DATESAfter a two-year pause, Kristi and I are hosting three Meetups this summer at our home in southern France. If you are a […]

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Entretien avec Domus Magazine

Here is the French version of my interview with Valentina Croci of Domus Magazine, When Value Arises From Relationships, Not From Things /Translation by Annelies Hollewand. Q1 : Le modèle consumériste et nos ressources fossiles ont atteint leurs limites. Quel modèle de production alternatif pourrions-nous imaginer ? JT : J’en suis venu à une conclusion […]

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How AI might be used to enhance local knowledge

[Indigenous peoples have a closer relationship with the ecologies of their land than those who practice ‘production agriculture’. But their intimate, fine-grained knowledge can always be enhanced. Sarah Kaushik (above) describes a system in which biodata collected from plants could be ‘heard’ by the farmer as music] I wrote the Foreword (below) to a new […]

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The Anthroponaut’s Wordbook, by Karin Fink. A prologue

The following is my prologue to The Anthroponaut’s Wordbook, by Karin Fink, which has just been published by Postmedia Books. The scale of the societal and environmental challenges we face can be debilitating. Feeling powerless to change the course of events, the inclination to switch off can feel like self-defence. Karin Fink’s response is both […]

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