International writer, advisor and event producer
He curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years – first in Amsterdam, later across India – and was commissioner of the UK social innovation biennial Dott 07 and the French design biennial City Eco Lab. With a focus on focus on social, ecological and relational design, Thackara has curated place-based xskool workshops in 20 countries. He studied philosophy before working for ten years as a book publisher and magazine editor. He was the first director (1993—99) of the Netherlands Design Institute. He is a senior fellow at the Royal College of Art, and visiting professor at School of Visual Arts in New York and at Pontio Innovation in Wales. His most recent book – How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today – has just been published in China where, since 2019, he is a visiting professor at Tongji University with a focus on urban-rural reconnection.