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How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today

John Thackara, one of the current leading voices in sustainability, discusses his latest book with Chief Curator Justin McGuirk.

John Thackara visits the museum to talk about his practical, optimistic new book, ‘How to Thrive in the Next Economy’.

Aiming to reignite mainstream discussions about sustainability in both theory and practice, Thackara draws on real world examples to argue that it is possible to live a rich and fulfilling life based on stewardship rather than exploitation of the natural environment.

In the eagerness to find big solutions to global challenges, is the creativity generated when people work together and in harmony with the world around them too often ignored?

Joining him to debate the future of sustainability will be Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator of the museum and author of Verso’s Radical Cities.

Booking information

Tickets include entry to the Designs of the Year exhibition before the talk begins. Doors will open at 18:15. The Designs of the Year exhibition will be open for ticket holders to view between 18.15 and 19:00, and will then close. The talk will start at 19:00 and last for 1 hour. The event will conclude with a book signing and copies of the publication will be available to purchase in the shop.

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John Thackara

Described by Business Week as ‘one of the great voices in sustainability’, John Thackara is a writer and event producer who has spent a lifetime searching for examples of what a sustainable future can be like. He was the first Director of the Netherlands Design Institute and Director of Research at the Royal College of Art, London. He is the author of 11 books.

Justin McGuirk

Justin McGuirk is the chief curator at the Design Museum and the head of Design Curating & Writing at Design Academy Eindhoven. He has been the director of Strelka Press, the design critic of The Guardian, and the editor of Icon magazine.

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