John Thackara writes stories and talks about his research in a widely read blog and in dozens of published books. The most recent of these is How To Thrive In The Next Economy (2015). He studied philosophy and then went on to produce design and architecture events at the Pompidou Centre (Paris), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Axis Gallery (Tokyo), and other venues. In the early 1990s, Thackara was Director of Research at the Royal College of Art. He subsequently became the rst Director of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam (1993—1999). He is currently Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art in London, Fellow at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and professor at SVA in New York. In 2015 Thackara received an honorary doctorate from Plymouth University in England, and he’s also a member of the UK Parliament’s Standing Commission on Design.