2-day workshop with John Thakara

Event / Mette Hvid Brockmann
’Back to the land 2.0′ er en workshop udviklet i et samarbejde mellem Chora Connection og John Thackara, som skal sætte fokus på forholdet mellem land og by, samt skabe nye forbindelse her i mellem.

Som en del af workshoppen præsenterer 9 udvalgte lokale initiativer, der har haft held med at skabe fornyet energi i nærområdet, ved at aktivere lokale ressource og skabe en ny fortælling om det lokale sted.

Derudover arbejder deltagerne i grupper på at skabe nye løsninger, der kan forbedre forholdet mellem land og by, under vejledning af John Thackara, der er ekspert i bæredygtig udvikling.

Workshoppen henvender sig især til kommuner, græsrødder og iværksættere, der arbejder for at forbedre lokalområdets muligheder.

John Thackara biografi:

For thirty years John Thackara has traveled the world in his search of stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He writes about these stories online (link) and in books; he uses them in talks for cities, and business; he also organizes workshops and festivals and events that bring the subjects of these stories together. In each event, a group of invited experts works with local project leaders to identify new opportunities and take the first step – such as a prototype, or pilot – towards making a new enterprise happen.

In recent years John has led Doors of Perception Xskool workshops in Europe, Brazil, India, and Australia. Right now, in addition to his work with Chora Connection, he is helping set up a bioregional learning centre in South Devon, in England, and a rural hub in the Cevennes, in France.He is teaching a Back To The Land 2.0 short course in Dorset, also in England, in July.

John’s latest book is: How To Thrive In The Next Economy (link) A Brit who now lives in southern France, John studied philosophy, and trained as a journalist, before working for ten years as a book and magazine editor. He was the first director (1993—1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam; he was program director of Designs of The Time (Dott07), the social innovation biennial in England; he was commissioner in 2008 of France’s main design biennial, Cite du Design. John is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, in London, and a Fellow of Musashino Art University in Japan. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from Plymouth University. He is also a member of the UK Parliament’s Standing Commission on Design.