John Thackara shows the ways in which business as we know it are about to change for good, and then identifies how interaction designers can take these challenges on as design problems.

About John Thackara:
John Thackara is Director of Doors of Perception, which was founded in 1993 to create a conference of that name in Amsterdam. It now produces festivals and projects that engage a worldwide network of designers, media artists, technology innovators, and grassroots innovators to imagine (and begin to design) sustainable futures. He also works with cities and regions seeking to build next-generation institutions.

A former London bus driver, and later a book and magazine editor, John was the first Director (1993-1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute. He was programme director in 2007 of Designs of the time (Dott 07) a new biennial in North East England. In 2008 he is commissioner of City Eco Lab at Cite du Design in St Etienne, the French design biennial. John is an Associate of The Young Foundation, and is senior advisor on sustainability to the UK Design Council. His most recent book, In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (MIT Press) will appear this year in Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese.

His personal web site is thackara.com.

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