John Thackara

John Thackara travels the world in search of practical projects that restore the planet and realise a sustainable future. He writes about these stories at his blog ( and in books; his most recent is How To Thrive In the Next Economy (Thames & Hudson 2015).

John curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years– first in Amsterdam, later across India – and has led place discovery workshops in 40 countries. He was director of the Netherlands Design Institute, and commissioner of the world’s first social innovation biennial, Dott 07 in England, and of the first ecological city biennial, City Eco Lab in France.

John is a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art in London, a visiting professor at SVA in New York, and an advisor on social-ecological innovation to cities, companies, and civil society organisations.


The new edition of Relational Design starts in February 2017