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“It’s already happening”- a message to COP21

With fewer than three weeks to go until the start of COP21, the UN’s climate negotiations in Paris, a question arises: Will this gathering make the slightest difference? For Rob Hopkins, editor of a new book from Transition Network, 21 Stories of Transition, answer is yes – but a different kind of yes than the global leaders […]

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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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Ten answers from Brisbane

My hosts last week at the Asia Pacific Design Library in Brisbane (which, on reflection, is probably the finest new library I have been in) asked me a few questions before our xskool: Q: What does a typical day look like for you? A: When I’m on the road, which is nearly half the time, I […]

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Speed? What Speed? The Belly-Dance Drummer, by Matthias Rieger (Part 2, of 3)

In 1996, when Ivan Illich agreed to speak at Doors of Perception in Amsterdam, our theme that year was ‘speed’. The philosopher surprised us by bringing along two fellow speakers: Sebastian Trapp, a field biologist, and Matthias Rieger, a musicologist. Their contributions are as  fresh today as twhen we heard them in Amsterdam – so we are running […]

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Diseñando Para un mundo complejo. Acciones para lograr la sustentabilidad

  I’m totally thrilled that my book has just been published in Spanish by my fabulous friends at Editorial Disegnio in Mexico City. Please tell everyone you know, once met, or vaguely heard of, who is Spanish-speaking, and who might be interested. Health warning: the “$” price shown means Mexican pesos, not US$. Oh, and did […]

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An Open Design School for India

(Image from http://openwear.org/) In recent months a working party in India, chaired by Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovation, has been developing the plan for a nationwide network of 20 Design Innovation Centres, an Open Design School, and a National Design Innovation Network. The latest public version of the plan is here: Download pdf    During this process, I was invited by Abhimanyu […]

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Strange creatures in the Aubrac

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How To Manage a Constellation

The map below is of the Baltic Sea. Over the last hundred years its ecosystems have been poisoned almost to death by outputs from a multitude of industries and farming activities in the nine countries that surround it. These deadly flows are shown on the  complicated chart below:

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