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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.

September 2010 WeWare
July 2010 From doomers, to do-ers
June 2010 Whole, whole on the range
April 2010 Requiem for a species - and for lunch
March 2010 Who will control global urine flows?
January 2010 Line Loss
December 2009 Letter from Sri Lanka
November 2009 In Halifax with Antigonishts
October 2009 Letter from Poznan
August 2009 GDP as a doomsday machine
June 2009 Gone transitioning
May 2009 With the iBorg in New York
April 2009 Design in a thermo-industrial society
March 2009 Tweets from America
February 2009 Bottle half-full edition
November 2008 City Eco Lab – from Open Money to VeloWalas
October 2008 Tribal currencies
September 2008 City Eco Lab @ 70 days to go
August 2008 Eating spin
July 2008 Design for resilience
June 2008 Mapping ecosystem services
April 2008 City Eco Lab
March 2008 Travels in uncanny valley
January 2008 Of doomers and bottle fillers
December 2007 Tools for sustainability: Sao Paulo workshop
October 2007 Better lives with less stuff
October 2007 20 Dott 07 festival highlights
August 2007 Dott debates announced + custard pies
July 2007 How high is the climate change bar?
May 2007 What will sustainable tourism be like?
April 2007 Food systems: the design agenda
February 2007 Special "Do It" edition
January 2007 Mapping the necklace
November 2006 Stern, Monbiot, and the tasks of design
October 2006 Juice, Fat, and Homeland Security
September 2006 War as a brand
July 2006 Doors 9 on "Juice" call for projects
May 2006 Announcing Doors 9 and 10
April 2006 Design transformation
March 2006 Utopias by design?
February 2006 If pigs could fly...
January 2006 The diminishing spaces of childhood
December 2005 Designs of the time (DOTT)
November 2005 Food journeys
October 2005 Design and risk
September 2005 On Time
August 2005 Street art pro
June 2005 Self-service economy
May 2005 "In The Bubble" Special
April 2005 Lessons of infra
March 2005 Emerging economy design
February 2005 Time compression avoidance
February 2005 Street-level innovation
February 2005 Social innovation
January 2005 Tools for citizen services
December 2004 Skunk space and time
November 2004 New dark ages?
October 2004 Open welfare
September 2004 The time thief
August 2004 Social innovation observatory
May 2004 Research governance
April 2004 Quality time at high speed
February 2004 Landscape to mediascape
December 2003 Presence and embodiment
December 2003 Now we are 10
November 2003 Creativity and the city
August 2003 From movies to moblogging
June 2003 Danger: disappearing computers
May 2003 Life in traffic
April 2003 Interior design at war
March 2003 The promise of proximity
February 2003 Remembering Ivan Illich
December 2002 Trophy buildings are over
October 2002 Oil as yuppy crack
September 2002 Local knowledge
July 2002 Time in design
June 2002 Flow as a design issue
May 2002 Museum hit by love bug
April 2002 The real-time economy
March 2002 Doors of Perception Report
John Thackara 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….


Newsletter


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.
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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


Recent Essay


Keep Your Stuff Alive

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?


Recent Book



In the Bubble: Desiging in a Complex World
John Thackara
The MIT Press, 2005
More books by John Thackara >>


Design Observer Essays


03.25.14

Cloud Commuting

A two-year project in Belgium proposes new relationships between people, goods, energy, equipment, spaces, and value. Its design objective: a networked mobility ecosystem.

03.18.14

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.

03.11.14

Summer Xskool in Sweden

This year’s Doors of Perception Summer Xskool explores what it can mean in practice to move from a ‘do less harm’ approach to sustainability to a practice of leave things better.

03.03.14

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?

02.14.14

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?

DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE

01.22.14: Conflict and Design
01.13.14: Shoe City vs Sole Rebels
01.06.14: A Whole New Cloth: Politics and the Fashion System
12.19.13: The Dementia Care Economy
12.17.13: Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens
12.12.13: Dementia: Care Before Cure
12.10.13: John Thackara on Avatar
11.28.13: Desert of the Real
10.25.13: Designing In A Complex World: Two Talks In Mexico City
09.13.13: Ways of Knowing
09.06.13: Speed? What Speed? Prisoners of Speed, by Ivan Illich
09.06.13: Speed? What Speed? The Belly-Dance Drummer, by Matthias Rieger
09.05.13: Speed? What Speed? The Falcon, by Sebastian Trapp
09.03.13: Flyways
08.26.13: Connecting With The Other
08.22.13: Between Sorrel And Supertanker
07.04.13: Xskool, Sweden, August
06.25.13: Green Tourism: Why It Failed And How It Can Succeed
06.07.13: Trust Is Not An Algorithm





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