UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series 2015-2016
John Thackara, Founder and director, The Doors of Perception
For 30 years, John Thackara has traveled the world in his search of stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He writes about these stories online, and in books; he uses them in talks for cities and business; he also organizes festivals and events that bring the subjects of these stories together.
Thackara is the author of a widely-read blog, The Doors of Perception, and of a new book, How To Thrive In The Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today (Thames & Hudson). His previous books include the best-selling In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (MIT Press). He is a senior fellow of the Royal College of Art in London and a fellow of Musashino Art University in Japan. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from Plymouth University. He is also a member of the UK Parliament’s Standing Commission on Design.
Thackara studied philosophy and trained as a journalist before working for 10 years as a book and magazine editor. He was the first director of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam; he was program director of Designs of The Time (Dott07), the social innovation biennial in England; he was commissioner in 2008 of France’s main design biennial, Cite du Design.
This talk is part of the 2015-2016 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.
This event is free and open to the public, but please register using this form if you plan to attend. If the event reaches capacity, registered guests will receive priority seating until 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the talk.