Tools for Changemakers – David Bollier in conversation with John Thackara

Mutual aid. Local money. Collaborative care. Alternative futures are being created around the world – but not, for the most part, in plain sight. David Bollier’s new book – Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking: Tools for the Transitions Ahead – brings dozens of social projects like these to the fore. Inspired by The Whole Earth Catalog of the early 1970s, Bollier’s premise is that “the next big thing will be a lot of small things” – (words he borrows from the Belgian designer Thomas Lommé). Our conversation here ranges from the history of mutual aid and commoning, to our respect for a pluriverse of cultures that respect all of life, not just human life.
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Microbes and Social Equity – Dr Sue Ishaq in conversation with John Thackara

The more we learn about life on earth, the clearer it becomes that the well-being of humans, and of non-humans, is inter-connected. They are a single story. Sustainable design, in this context, means designing for all of life – not just human life. That’s a big step! Not so long ago, human-centered design was considered progressive in itself – and now we have to design for all of life? All of life is not just large, visible lifeforms – like trees, or bears. It also includes microbes that are all around us, and inside us – but invisibly. Ninety nine percent of life, it turns out, is invisible – so how do we design for that? To begin that conversation, my guest in this conversation is Dr. Suzanne Ishaq – a microbiome researcher and founder of the Microbes and Social Equity working group

Rural Ecological Design, Quanzhou, China (June 2021)

Relational Ecology and Design (40m)
Design Thinking Sustainability Jam, at Milan Polytechnic, 2020

Urban-Rural (20m) Zhangyan Harvests Festival, Shanghai, 2020

From Biomedicine to Bioregion: The Geographies of a Care-Based Economy (1h)
UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Lecture, California, 2016

How To Be A Slime Mold (40m)
Small is Beautiful, Edinburgh, 2016

Earth Repair: The Kinds of Growth We Need (16m)
Conversation with Terry Irwin, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017

The City as a Living System: A Design Research Agenda (25m) Design x Collaborative Cities conference, Shanghai, 2018

Post-Covid Mobility and Tourism (24m)
Re-Thinking Tourism Symposium, Vienna, 2020

New Geographies of Innovation (55m)In conversation with Jeremy Myerson, Royal College of Art, 2020

The City and Its Bioregion: A New Story of Place (35m)@IAAC, Barcelona, 2016

Thinking Like A Forest: A Design Agenda for Bioregions (60m) School of Visual Arts, New York, 2015

Rewilding AI (34m) Royal College of Art, London (webinar) 2020

Informal Economy (22m)
Claro Partners Symposium, Barcelona, 2014

How We Meet Is As Important As Why (14m)
Oui Share Festival, Paris, 2014


Social Harvest Festivals (12m)
Oui Share Festival, Paris, 2014

The End Of Endless Growth (20m) Poptech, Iceland, 2012

Cities, Ecosystems, and Public Spaces (65m)
Conversation with Richard Hassell of Woha, Singapore, 2020


Social Food Forum (3m) Matera, Italy, 2019

The skills we need (2m) Elisava, Barcelona, 201

What’s Next For Design Education (3m) Pearl Academy, New Delhi, 2015


Technology and Social Innovation Daily Motion, 2014

The True Costs of Big (3m) deArchitect, NL, 2011

How to connect cities and nature (2m) Rising Architecture, Aarhus

GDP as a doomsday machine – and its replacement (3m)Forum d’Avignon, France

City-Rural Connection Workshop (3m) Abadir, Sicily

Eleanor Thackara’s Fish Pie (3m) Mammamiaaa, 2019