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