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And my killer project of all is…. (interview with @tbonini)

My  interview with @tbonini has ben  published in Italian at Che Fara.Here is the English version: Q  Among the many case histories that you brilliantly discovered and reported in your book, is there someone that you believe is extremely central in planning the “tomorrow’s world”? A  The sheer variety of projects and initiatives out there […]

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“It’s already happening”- a message to COP21

With fewer than three weeks to go until the start of COP21, the UN’s climate negotiations in Paris, a question arises: Will this gathering make the slightest difference? For Rob Hopkins, editor of a new book from Transition Network, 21 Stories of Transition, answer is yes – but a different kind of yes than the global leaders […]

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Between a rock and a doctorate

Today, Plymouth University very generously awarded me an honorary doctorate.  Here is my short statement to this year’s graduating class in Design, Architecture and Environment. I nearly failed to get here yesterday, and I want to tell you why. The road from my house to the city passes through a spectacular gorge. Several weeks ago, after some especially violent rainstorms, […]

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Cateran’s Common Wealth

Clare Cooper interview with John Thackara, 08 August 2014
 John, why do you think so much attention is being paid to the ideas around the notion of ’the commons’ right now? The commons is an idea, and a practice, that generates meaning and hope. Millions of people are busy in projects to meet practical needs […]

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Ten answers from Brisbane

My hosts last week at the Asia Pacific Design Library in Brisbane (which, on reflection, is probably the finest new library I have been in) asked me a few questions before our xskool: Q: What does a typical day look like for you? A: When I’m on the road, which is nearly half the time, I […]

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Speed? What Speed? The Belly-Dance Drummer, by Matthias Rieger (Part 2, of 3)

In 1996, when Ivan Illich agreed to speak at Doors of Perception in Amsterdam, our theme that year was ‘speed’. The philosopher surprised us by bringing along two fellow speakers: Sebastian Trapp, a field biologist, and Matthias Rieger, a musicologist. Their contributions are as  fresh today as twhen we heard them in Amsterdam – so we are running […]

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Diseñando Para un mundo complejo. Acciones para lograr la sustentabilidad

  I’m totally thrilled that my book has just been published in Spanish by my fabulous friends at Editorial Disegnio in Mexico City. Please tell everyone you know, once met, or vaguely heard of, who is Spanish-speaking, and who might be interested. Health warning: the “$” price shown means Mexican pesos, not US$. Oh, and did […]

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An Open Design School for India

(Image from http://openwear.org/) In recent months a working party in India, chaired by Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovation, has been developing the plan for a nationwide network of 20 Design Innovation Centres, an Open Design School, and a National Design Innovation Network. The latest public version of the plan is here: Download pdf    During this process, I was invited by Abhimanyu […]

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How To Manage a Constellation

The map below is of the Baltic Sea. Over the last hundred years its ecosystems have been poisoned almost to death by outputs from a multitude of industries and farming activities in the nine countries that surround it. These deadly flows are shown on the  complicated chart below:

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