John Thackara

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A former London bus driver, John Thackara is a writer and event producer. He is the author of In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (MIT Press), which has been published in nine languages, as well as a widely-read blog at designobserver.com. As director of Doors of Perception, Thackara organizes festivals around the world in which communities imagine sustainable futures — and take practical steps to realize them. Among Thackara's 12 books are Design After Modernism: Beyond the Object (1987), and Lost in Space: A Traveller’s Tale (1995). Thackara, a Brit who now lives in southern France, 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, and was program director of Designs of the Time (Dott 07), the social innovation biennial in England. Thackara is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London, and a Fellow of the Young Foundation, the UK's social enterprise incubator. He sits on the advisory boards of the Pixelache Festival in Helsinki and the Pecha Kucha Foundation in Tokyo. He is also a member of the UK Parliament's Standing Commission on Design.
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Weighing the destruction of pristine wilderness to make more cans

Weighing the destruction of pristine wilderness to make more cans

Icelandic Writer and director Andri Magnason comes from a country of pristine rivers, idyllic waterfalls, and picturesque fjords. And he has meticulously documented the plans of energy companies to industrialize frightening tracts of that

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Watch now: John Thackara on the end of endless growth

Social critic John Thackara argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day. “I am a proper tree hugger, as well as a lichen hugger."

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