John Thackara

John Thackara is Director of Doors of Perception (Doors), a sustainability design network active in Europe and India. People participate in Doors who need to imagine sustainable and engaging futures – and take design steps to realize them. Founded as a conference in 1993, Doors now connects together a worldwide network of paradigm-changing designers, artists, technology innovators, and grassroots innovators. John Thackara also helps cities and regions build next-generations institutions. These enable designers, other specialists, and citizens, to learn together in new ways. A former London bus driver, and later a book and magazine editor, John was the first Director (1993-1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute. John was programe director in 2007 of Designs of the time (Dott 07) a new biennial in North East England. And in 2008 he was commissioner of City Eco Lab at Cité du Design in St. Etienne, the French desing biennal. John is an associate of the social innovation incubator, The Young Foundation, and is a senior advisor on sustainibility to the UK Design Council.