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.
is a writer, speaker and design producer, and director of Doors of Perception
. In addition to this blog, he is the author of twelve books including In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World
and Wouldn't It Be Great If….
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
Energy: Thriving On Five Percent?
Energy requirements per person in modern times are 60 times higher than our ancestors. How do we sustain that need as populations also increase?
In the Bubble: Desiging in a Complex World
The MIT Press, 2005
More books by John Thackara >>
Design Observer Essays
Caloryville: The Two-Wheeled City
In China, ‘battery-bikes’ are outselling cars by four-to-one. Pedelec sales are soaring in Europe, too. Is this the start of system-wide phase-shift in transportation?
Conflict and Design
A review of the design triennial in Belgium on the theme of Conflict and Design.
Shoe City vs Sole Rebels
Two radically opposed models of development are being born in Ethiopia at the same time. One is small, local, socially fair, and ecologically respectful. The other takes the globalisation of fashion to a new and more destructive level.
A Whole New Cloth: Politics and the Fashion System
In fashion, despite more than 400 eco labels, an incremental ‘do less harm’ approach has addressed the symptoms, but not the principal cause, of our difficulties: an economy based on perpetual growth in a finite world.
The Dementia Care Economy
A proposition for the economy of ‘disease-modifying therapy’ for dementia.
DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE
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
Xskool, Sweden, August
Green Tourism: Why It Failed And How It Can Succeed
Trust Is Not An Algorithm
Cycle Commerce As An Ecosystem
Paranoid But Pretty
A Roof, A Skill, A Market
Big, Hairy, and Agile