John Thackara

John Thackara is an author, speaker and events facilitator with a background in philosophy and journalism. He was the first director of the Netherlands Design Institute and programme director in 2007 of Designs of the time (Dott 07), a biennial event in northeast England. John is the initiator of the long-standing pivotal series of events, festivals and projects ‘Doors of Perception’. The series connects paradigm-changing designers, technology innovators, and grassroots inventors. For John, “openness is more than a commercial and cultural issue, it’s a matter of survival. Open design is one of the preconditions for the continuous, collaborative, social modes of enquiry and action that are needed.”

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John Thackara portrays openness in general as a matter of survival to overcome the legacy of an industrial economy obsessed with control, and open design in particular as a new way to make, use and look after things. He calls … Continue reading

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