The Long Now Foundation welcomes
(design expert and author)
"Redefining Growth: How To Thrive In the Next Economy"
Join us afterwards for drinks and conversation with our speaker
World-traveling champion of sustainable design John Thackara is on a constant search for practical solutions to global challenges like climate change, poverty, and insufficient healthcare. His work with Doors of Perception aims to help communities self-discover solutions: bringing imaginative ideation into practical reality. Thackara describes his process as part storyteller, part philosopher, and part designer.
Today Thackara sees “signals of transformation”, hallmarks of an emergent economy based on stewardship, not extraction. Drawing on an inspiring range of examples, from a centuries old temple-led water management system in Bali to an innovative e-bike collective in Vienna, he will present some of the alternative ideas that he has witnessed in action around the world: from earth repair to social farming.
"...the former “symposiarch” of the legendary Doors of Perception events of the 01990s, Thackara is a beloved figure in sustainable-design circles. A guru of labs and think tanks worldwide, he is painfully aware of the crises facing the world in 02015."
— Bruce Sterling
The Interval is pleased to host this talk by John Thackara on his brief visit to the Bay Area. As always at The Interval, John will stay after to continue the conversation and will sign his new book which will be available for sale that night.
John Thackara is an internationally recognized design expert, author, and event producer. He is the founder and Director of the Doors of Perception, a design organization specializing in sustainability and social innovation. He was the first Director of the Netherlands Design Institute (01993–99) and Director of Research at the Royal College of Art, London (01998–02002).
Previously he wrote for The Guardian and other publications, was editor of Design magazine from 01980-85, worked in publishing, and drove a bus in London. He now lives in the South of France.
John has authored many books including In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (02005, MIT Press), Design After Modernism: Beyond the Object (01987), and Lost in Space: A Traveller’s Tale (01995).
"John Thackara's brilliant book about quotidian design describes design innovation driven by social fiction instead of science fiction. This is design focused on what Fernand Braudel called 'everyday life': the demands and pleasures of caring for others, raising children, meaningful work, and journeying."
— Paul Hawken on Thackara's In The Bubble
Join us for this talk by an inspired designer who brings a "Big Here" view of some of the best sustainability ideas on Earth.
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The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
Long Now members can purchase tickets before the general public.
The Interval is home to The Long Now Foundation which is dedicated to long-term thinking through projects including building a 10,000-year Clock, the monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), The Rosetta Project, PanLex, and Revive & Restore.