John Thackara is a writer and curator working in the realms of social, ecological and relational design. He curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, later across India; he was commissioner of the UK social innovation biennial Dott 07, and the French design biennial City Eco Lab; and in 2019, he curated the Urban-Rural expo in Shanghai. He is a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art, Adjunct Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, and curator of the Social Food Forum. His last book was How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today. He is currently developing an event called Lifeworlds about ecological restoration and multi-species design.