To do things differently, we need to see things differently.

The author of this blog, and the founder of Doors of Perception, is John Thackara. He does live and online talks
, and produces events, for cities, institutions and organisations around the world. The outcomes of each collaboration are, typically: a shared perception of new opportunities; a good idea of how to exploit them; and new connections between people to make those actions happen.

Above right: John’s one page speaker flyer and formal cv.


John Thackara
(Photograph: Uros Abram)

For thirty years John Thackara has traveled the world in his search of stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He writes about these stories online, and in books; he uses them in talks for cities, and business; he also organizes festivals and events that bring the subjects of  these stories together.

John is the author of a widely-read blog (you’re reading it now) and of How To Thrive In The Next Economy. His previous book was the best-selling In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (MIT Press). John organizes conferences and festivals in which social innovators share knowledge.

A Brit who now lives in southern France, John studied philosophy, and trained as a journalist, before working for ten years as a book and magazine editor. He was the first director (1993—1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam; he was program director of Designs of The Time (Dott07), the social innovation biennial in England; he was commissioner in 2008 of France’s main design biennial, Cité du Design.

John is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, in London, and a Fellow of Musashino Art University in Japan. He is also a member of the UK Parliament’s Standing Commission on Design.

Earlier, John edited the magazine Design for five years, and was later Modern Culture Editor of Harpers & Queen, and design correspondent of The Guardian. He then started a conference and exhibition company, with offices in London and Tokyo, which created and organised events at the Pompidou Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and other venues. From 1989-1992  John was Director of Research at the Royal College of Art.

Among John’s 12 books are Design After Modernism: Beyond the Object (1987), and Lost in Space: A Traveller’s tale (1995). His most recent book, the best-selling In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World, was published by MIT Press in May 2005 and has since been published in nine other languages. He has lectured in more than forty countries.

Fast Company described John Thackara as “a business provocateur….”. For the Wall Street Journal, he “has established a global reputation as a cutting edge design expert”. Wired called him a “a design luminary”. The San Francisco Chronicle described him as a “wired era visionary”. The Economic Times of India noted his “brilliant insights into the internet and sustainability”. For the influential weblog Rhizome he is “top dog in the space of flows”.

JOHN THACKARA is publicist, designer, filosoof- maar vooral iemand die beweging brengt. Als geen ander is hij in staat om woorden te geven en patronen te duiden: hoe kleine acties leiden tot grote systeemveranderingen. Zijn motto is ‘to do things differently, we need to see things differently’- en daarin kent hij het ontwerpen een belangrijke rol toe. In september 2015 is zijn nieuwste boek verschenen “How to Thrive in the Next Economy: designing tomorrow’s world today”.

John Thackara是一位哲學家,作家和活動統籌,積極尋找可持續發展的未來的實例,並於網誌Doors of Perception發表所見所聞,並為企業和政府提出建議。他的最新著作“How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today”,介紹世界各地的社區如何由土地開始建設更好的經濟體系。每一章節是關於以創意解決永恆的需求:恢復土地、分享水源、建設家園、遊歷、種植糧食、設計服裝,和照顧不同的需求者。整本書著重以小行動來改變大局,而項目大多與社會和生態系統有關。此全新的經濟體系中,成長是指越見健康的土壤、生物多樣性,和水源,及適應能力更強的社會。它的核心價值正是取代腐爛和提取,取而代之為健康與適當管理。