books by john thackara

For sustainability champions: my book is now in Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese and Polish.

Rule one in book publishing (where I worked for ten years) is: promote your own book, because nobody else will do so with as much energy and commitment. So, sorry to be brash, but please note the following: Today I received printed copies from its publisher, SUN, of Plan B – the Dutch version of […]

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Design per un futuro sostenible

To cap three days of high-energy conversation at Changing The Change in Torino at the weekend – it’s already been very well reviewed and signposted by Mark Vanderbeeken at Core 77 – and here by David Stairs – my dynamic editor at Allemandi, Pier Paolo Peruccio, handed me the first copy of In The Bubble […]

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Wouldn’t a free Dott Manual be great?

What could life in a sustainable region be like – and how can design can help us get there? Here are some more sample spreads from the Dott 07 Manual. We’ve got a couple of boxes of the book left over, so I will send five free copies to the person(s) who most intrigue me […]

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Eastern Economic Edition of “In The Bubble”

Prentice Hall India have issued an Eastern Economic Edition of “In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World”. (I made a completely random selction of words from recent published reviews: “enriching” (Paola Antonelli), “excellent” (Nancy Levinson), “brilliant” (Paul Hawken), “a revelation” (J C Herz), “important” (Don Norman), “captivating” (Bruce Sterling), “insightful” (Nathan Shedroff), “surprising.” (San […]

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Doors of Perception 9: “Juice”

Doors of Perception 9 takes place in New Delhi, 1-4 March 2007. The theme is “Juice” and the subject is food, fuel and design. The encounter (we have stopped calling ourselves a conference) has several parts: A two-day Project Leaders Round Table for c30 people who will be invited after a call (which will be […]

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Alternatives to Geldofism: lecture notes and resources

A few weeks back I gave a lecture at the Royal Society of Arts in London entitled “Solidarity economics & design”. The lecture was provoked by the sick-making antics of Bob Geldof and the assumptions he and others made about ‘development’. I argued that the word ‘development’ implies that we advanced people in the North […]

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New Doors of Perception adventure

Doors of Perception is to be part of a year-long festival of social innovation and service design, in the UK, called Designs of the Time, or Dott. Throughout 2007, the whole North East region of the UK will explore ways we can carry out familiar, daily-life activities in new ways. Dott, an initiative of the […]

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‘In the bubble’ hall of fame

My request that readers send me any errors they have spotted in my book ‘In The Bubble’ (which is to be reprinted) worked a treat. Thank you, thank you: Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Gale Moore, Larry Bouthillier, Christian Gänshirt, Ido Bruno, Michael Hohl, Peter Martin, and Victor Bayon. These eagle-eyed persons sent me corrections (which I emphasize […]

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‘In The Bubble’ barter opportunity

If you: a) possess a copy of ‘In The Bubble’; and/or b) have read it; and c) found any errors in it (names, typos, dead urls etc) …then please let me know. MIT Press are reprinting the book and need my corrections by 28 October. I will give a free signed copy of the paperback […]

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