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Peak Car, Cloud Commuting, Gram Junkies, Green Tourism, Caloryville

I’ve learned the hard way that people read things when they are ready to read them – not when they are written. The same goes for system change – and if it’s anything to do with cars and mobility. In that spirit – that it’s about timing, as much as content – here are ten […]

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When Value Arises From Relationships, Not From Things

The following interview with Valentina Croci appears in the March 2018 special edition on innovation of Domus magazine . The print edition is in Italian and English, but does not include all the illustrations I’ve used here).  Q1 The consumerist model and our fossil resources have been stretched to their limits. What could be an […]

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Connecting the “what is?” with the “what if?”

“The future will be all about cities” – say people who live in cities. Our xskools, in contrast, are about reconnecting with rural communities and looking, together, for ways ways to unlock value. Check out our updated xskool page.

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john chris jones at 90

I’m reposting the piece below to celebrate the 9oth birthday (on 7 October) of john chris jones. For jones, writing and living are still intertwined in a sublime but grounded way. I’ve been re-reading “the internet and everyone” by john chris jones. I’ve been astonished once again by the sensibility of an artist-writer-designer whose philosophy […]

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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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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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On seeing with new eyes

“The last thing we need to see the world with new eyes is a virtual reality headset“. On a recent visit to Milan, I was interviewed for Domus by Stefania Garassini. The Italian version is online here; the English one is here. (Domus intro) When you hear someone quote Marcel Proust – “The real voyage […]

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