Doors of Perception
Doors of Perception
is a network of designers, teachers, policy makers, who conceive global projects on a local city scale with communities who imagine sustainable futures. Beginning in 1993 as an international conference based in Amsterdam, Doors became an independent company to produce festivals and support grassroots initiatives under the direction of John Thackara in 2000. The Doors of Perception blog
began in 2001, followed shortly by a monthly newsletter (newsletter link) in 2001.
Doors of Perception acts as a producer for people and communities to realize projects that support sustainable futures. Bringing together the necessary resources to instigate change, Doors utilizes innovative approaches such as watershed planning, sustainable farming, alternative trade networks and seed banks.
The directors of Doors of Percetion are John Thackara and Kristi van Riet.
From March 2002 to September 2010, John Thackara sent out a monthly email newsletter: Doors of Perception Report. The newsletter contained short, opinionated texts about social innovation and design.ARCHIVES >>
Does the world need a professional development program to support designers, architects and design professors making a fundamental transition to a new kind of design? To explore that question, Doors of Perception has launched an enquiry with the working title xskool
. An xskool encounter took place at West Lexham in the UK last weekend. It was a wonderful experience, but a question remains open: was last weekend's positive energy, attention, and mindfulness a happy fluke? Or could one reproduce the conditions that nurtured them? In which ways might xskool be an intentional part of 'the change we wish to see in the world'? A next discussion is in New York City on the morning [09-12h] of Wednesday 8 June. It's hosted by hosted by Cameron Tonkinwise at Parsons. If you would care to join us, email me at: john at doorsofperception dot com
When Tech In Care Is Evil
I spent the last two weeks in-and-around a care home in England that looks after people with dementia and terminal illness, and their families – including, this time, mine.
In the Bubble: Desiging in a Complex World
The MIT Press, 2005
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Design Observer Essays
Food As A Commons
People go hungry not because of a shortage of production, but because the food available is too expensive, or they lack the land to grow it on. In California, the prototype of a combined social, political and technical solution has been launched which promises to unlock the food system crisis.
Presence and Encounter — How We Meet Is As Important As Why
I’m not suggesting that we abandon social media — just that we cultivate a hybrid approach so whenever someone says “online” someone else says, “and what about offline?”. Or when we find ourselves inside, someone else says: “and when do we go outside?”
Keep Your Stuff Alive
What would fashion be like if it was more than a an act of consumption with no meaning beyond the point of sale? What kind of system would improve the quality of our fashion experience without increasing the quantity we consume?
A two-year project in Belgium proposes new relationships between people, goods, energy, equipment, spaces, and value. Its design objective: a networked mobility ecosystem.
A ‘Wild Mirror’ For Desk-Bound Workers
A new scheme in England connects office workers with living systems by means of a ‘wild mirror’: each workspace is twinned with an equivalent area of ecosystem regeneration.
DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE
Summer Xskool in Sweden
Energy: Thriving On Five Percent?
Caloryville: The Two-Wheeled City
Conflict and Design
Shoe City vs Sole Rebels
A Whole New Cloth: Politics and the Fashion System
The Dementia Care Economy
Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens
Dementia: Care Before Cure
John Thackara on Avatar
Desert of the Real
Designing In A Complex World: Two Talks In Mexico City
Ways of Knowing
Speed? What Speed? Prisoners of Speed, by Ivan Illich
Speed? What Speed? The Belly-Dance Drummer, by Matthias Rieger
Speed? What Speed? The Falcon, by Sebastian Trapp
Connecting With The Other
Between Sorrel And Supertanker