John Thackara is a writer, philosopher, and event producer. For three decades, he has traveled the world looking for live examples of what a sustainable future can be like. He writes about these stories online and in books; he uses them in talks and workshops for cities, universities, and business; and, as director of Doors Of Perception, he organizes social harvest festivals in which project leaders share experiences with each other. Thackara is the author of a widely read column at designobserver.com, and of the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. He is a senior fellow of the Royal College of Art in London, and a fellow of The Young Foundation, the U.K.’s social enterprise incubator. He is a visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Ambedkar University Delhi, in India, and a member of the Design Commission of the U.K. Parliament. Thackara, who is English, lives in southern France.