John Thackara

John Thackara


A former London bus driver, John Thackara now works as a writer and event producer.


He is the author of In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (MIT Press) and of a widely-read blog at As director of Doors of Perception, John organises festivals around the world in which communities imagine sustainable futures — and take practical steps to realize them.

Among John’s 12 books are Design After Modernism: Beyond the Object (1987), and Lost in Space: A Traveller’s tale (1995). The best-selling In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World, has been published in nine other languages. He has lectured in more than forty countries.

John – a Brit who now lives in southern France – studied philosophy, and trained as a journalist, before working for ten years as a book and magazine editor. He was the first director (1993—1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam, and was program director of Designs of The Time (Dott 07), the social innovation biennial in England.

John is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London, and a Fellow of The Young Foundation, the UK’s social enterprise incubator. He sits on the advisory boards of the Pixelache Festival in Helsinki and the Pecha Kucha Foundation in Tokyo. He is also a member of the UK Parliament’s Standing Commission on Design.