How to thrive in the next economy

Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Extent: 192pp
Size: 23.4 x 15.6cm
Binding: Hardback
Price: £18.95

ISBN 978 0 500 518083

How To Thrive In the Next Economy

Drawing on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work, I describe how communities the world over are creating a replacement, leave-things-better economy from the ground up.

Each chapter is about creative ways to tackle timeless needs that matter: restoring the land, sharing water, making homes, journeying, growing food, designing clothes, journeying, and caring for each other. I write of soil restorers and river keepers; seed savers and de-pavers; cloud commuters and e-bike couriers; care farmers; food system curators; fibershed stewards; money designers and more.

Read together, these examples add up to a joyful new story about what an economy is actually for. In place of an obsession with stuff, money, and endless growth, the book describes social practices that do more with less, and cherish all-of-life, not just human life. Growth, in this new economy, means soils, biodiversity and watersheds getting healthier, and communities more resilient. Its core values are stewardship and health, in place of extraction and decay.

Wouldn’t It Be Great If: The Dott Manual

Our Planet Tonight. ThingLink. Car-Free Mobility. Mapping Landscapes. Low-Carb Lane. Eco Design Challenge. Our New School. better Lives With Dementia. Urban Farming. Our Cyborg Future. Design projects that explored what life in a sustainable region could be like – and how design can help us get there. Published by Designs of the time (Dott 07), the UK’s social innovation biennial; the author was its Commissioner.

In the Bubble:
Designing in a Complex World

We’re filling up the world with technology and devices, but we’ve lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff, and more on people.

“John Thackara’s brilliant book about quotidian design describes innovation driven by social fiction instead of science fiction.” Paul Hawken


Winners! How Today’s Successful Companies Innovate By Design
isbn 9780566079542
* 49 company case studies, in 32 sectors from 15 countries
• 55 checklists and charts about trends, ratios and statistics
• 162 books, websites and periodicals selected for your library
• 74 national and overall winners of the European Design Prize

‘fascinating…best practice as the smartest way to beat the competition” Financial Times

How to thrive in the next economy

Design After Modernism:
Beyond the Object

London, Thames and Hudson, 1988
Japanese edition, Tokyo, Kajima, 1992

With essays by Marshall Berman, Kenneth Frampton, Christopher Alexander,  Peter Fuller, Peter Dormer, Jean Baudrillard, John Chris Jones, Peter York and others

‘fascinating…best practice as the smartest way to beat the competition” Financial Times

How to thrive in the next economy

New British Design.

Co-edited with Stuart Jane.
London, Thames and Hudson, 1987

Published in a book for the first time are Ron Arad, Fred Baier, Judy Blame, Tom Dixon, James Dyson, Georgina von Etzdorf, John Galliano, Jasper Morrison, Paul Priestman, John Richmond, Seymour Powell, Daniel Weil and others.

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