Between a rock and a soft place

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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#ThackaraThrive Speaking Dates

Saturday 3 October, Architecture Day, Antwerpen Artesis Plantijn University (details to follow) Thursay 8 October, Riga, RIXC Renewable Futures Congress Keynote: Green Hacking Saturday 10 October, Ilkley, UK Ilkley Literary Festival Shaping The Future strand Tuesday 13 October,Bristol Bristol, New Economy Summit Tuesday 13 October, London London, Design Museum, Conversation with

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How To Thrive In The Next Economy: Bibliography

Here is the bibliography of John Thackara’s book “How To Thrive In The Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today”
September 2015

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My new book: How To Thrive In The Next Economy

Today I’m proud to announce that my new book, How To Thrive In The Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today will be published by Thames & Hudson on 7 September; (the US edition comes out in December). Sample extracts from each of the ten chapters are here. TWITTER It would be terrific if you would help spread the word about […]

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Food Systems, Bioregions, Design: Join Us In Sweden on 9 August

Five residency places are available for professionals or grad students to join our summer school in Sweden – as explained here. Here is my text Bioregions: Notes On A Design Agenda. See also the course page of our partner, Konstfack, here. The summer school FB page is here. (Above: our school house) The one week event runs […]

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Summer Reading: Handouts and Reading Lists

On Regarding The Pain Of The Planet – A Reader Why is it that shocking stories and images fail to change things? Are there different ways of knowing the world, than merely looking? The True And Hidden Costs Of Stuff Do you simply love iPhones, wind turbines, cloud computing, the circular economy, and electric cars? […]

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Bioregions: Notes On A Design Agenda

In myriad projects around the world, a new economy is emerging whose core value is stewardship, not extraction. Growth, in this new story, means soils, biodiversity and watersheds getting healthier, and communities more resilient. These seedlings are cheering, but when it comes to binding diverse groups together around a common agenda, something more is needed. We need a compelling […]

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Food, bioregions, design: Doors of Perception Summer Xskool

[Above: our venue for the summer Xskool is the cultural-ecological community at Hjulsjö ] FOOD, BIOREGIONS, DESIGN: OUR SUMMER XSKOOL IN SWEDEN Farmers’ markets as hubs of knowledge exchange? Food waste as a social enterprise? Pollinator pathways across an ecological region? This year’s summer Xskool is about food systems as a key element in a design […]

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Laboratory for Microclimates

Under what circumstances would we become mindful stewards of living systems, not just their expoiters? The Dutch artist Annechien Meier re-connects us – viscerally, and emotionally – with our social and ecological surroundings. [Above: De-paving begins in Arnhem. Photo: Laboratory for Microclimates] Human beings are clever in many ways, but our attention is easily distracted from the support systems that […]

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