John Thackara

Founder, Doors of Perception

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 title 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 directed the world’s first social innovation biennial, Dott 07 in England, and 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 adviser on social-ecological innovation to cities, companies, and civil society.

My Sessions

The art of combining online and offline co-operative networks


To change the way we govern our communities, our cities, and our ecosystems, a variety of different actors and stakeholders – formal and informal, big and small – need to work together – often, for the first time. Given that, our journey is not just a matter of new tools, models, or platforms; qualitative issues matter, […]


Can the Platform Co-ops movement replace our failing economic and political systems?

Great Hall

This discussion will explore the possibility of a co-owned, democratically controlled nested system of Co-ops superseding our failing economic and political systems.

Co-op Open