John Thackara is Director and first Perceptron of Doors of Perception (Doors) in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Doors organises a celebrated biannual conference about the future of design; it also organises events in which organisations - ranging from cities to universities - explore the consequences of the Internet for their business. John was the first Director (1993-1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute. An expert on design and innovation, he is a member of the Virtual Platform, a body which advises the Dutch government on media cultural policy, and is Visiting Professor in computer-related design at the Royal College of Art in London. He is on the Steering Committee of Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, in Italy, and on the Scientific Committee of the Interactive Institute in Sweden. He sits on expert groups that advise the European Commission on its innovation policies.
Kristi van Riet
Kristi van Riet (1962) is a Director of Doors of of Perception (Doors) in Amsterdam. Having studied graphic design and later art history at the University of Amsterdam Kristi started her carreer at as a producer of Mediamatic Interactive Publishing (MMip) where she designed Holland’s first website in 1992. In 1994 she helped produce the first Doors of Perception CD-Rom (DoPRom) whose many awards included Wired's New Voices New Visions Award, and a nomination for the Rotterdam Design Prize. Also at Mediamatic, Kristi co-produced the first (1993) and subsequent Doors of Perception conferences. She was image editor of Mediamatic magazine, and taught advanced internet classes to professionals at the Hogeschool voor de Kunst Utrecht. In 1995 Kristi set up VanRiet Online Productions, which produced a variety of websites and new media for the Netherlands Design Institute, the Dutch Pavilon of the internet World Exposition, a web presence for the European Design Prize, and a Virtual Airport for Japan Airlines. In 1998 she won a Webby award in San Francisco, the “Oscars of the internet”. In 2000, Kristi van Riet and John Thackara established Doors of Perception as an independent organisation.
Jogi Panghaal graduated in Product Design from the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India in 1977. He co-founded Lifetools in New Delhi to provide product design and communication design services to communities, both rural and urban that needed design help. Projects done include product design work with rural artisans and disabled children and communication design work with rural and urban communities, particularly women in the areas of health and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Panghaal has been a visiting teacher at NID, at Les Ateliers Paris and at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He has research interests in the area of cultural identity and design and has conducted educational programmes around this theme. In a parallel project he has been involved in the study of food and identity issues. In fact both these projects have informed each other over time. Present intereommunities and resource institutions to establish mutually useful relationships with each other through the help of information technologies.
Experience in Specific Asian Countries/territories :
A : Working with marginalised groups of people in India and also Bangladesh. Work has included design of special aids (mobility, educational, play, income generation) for disabled groups across several areas of disability.
B: Working with women in Rural areas on issues of literacies ( designing primers), health and income generation etc.
C: Working with artisans to use their traditional skills to find new markets for their old/new products.
D: representing a very rich mix of experiences in methodologies, approaches, perspectives and strategies that have learnt from the traditional sector and what was taught in modern educational sector.
Aditya Dev Sood
Aditya Dev Sood is founder and CEO of the Center for Knowledge Societies. A former Fulbright Scholar, he has published widely and maintains a multidisciplinary interest in social research, education, technology, and design. With foundational training in Design and Critical Theory at the University of Michigan, he is also completing doctorates in Anthropology and South Asian languages from the University of Chicago.
The Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS) is a Usability and Design Research organization working in the technology sector. CKS affords insight into the use of Information and Communications Technologies in non-traditional and emerging market environments. They offer research, design and strategy consultancy services to technology houses, international development agencies, and grassroots organizations. Since early 2000, they have worked in partnership with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, n-Logue Communications, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, the Educational Development Center, and Samuha.Org.The work is directed towards the larger objective of creating commercially viable technology-enabled infrastructure for emerging economies, with a primary focus on South Asia. Through usability research, quantitative analysis, and sectoral intelligence, they drive the development and deployment of emerging technologies for the benefit of non-elite and rural users.
Doors of Perception
Doors of Perception (Doors) is an international conference and knowledge network which sets new agendas for design - in particular, the design agenda for information and communication technologies (ICTs). Seven conferences have been organised in Amsterdam since 1993, with an average attendance of about one thousand people. The results of Doors are published on its website, which is visited by more than 300,000 people a year. The result is a worldwide community at the forefront of new thinking on design. Doors in an independent non-profit foundation (partly funded by the Ministry of Culture, and by the City of Amsterdam).
John Thackara http://www.doorsofperception.com
Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS) Bangalore
The Center for Knowledge Societies affords insight into the use of Information and Communications Technologies in non-traditional and emerging market environments. It provides research, design and strategy consultancy services to technology houses, international development agencies, and grassroots organizations. Through usability research, quantitative analysis, and sectoral intelligence, it drives the development and deployment of emerging technologies for the benefit of non-elite and rural users. Since early 2000, it has worked in partnership with Nokia Ventures Organization, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, n-Logue Communications, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, the Educational Development Center, CSDMS, Jiva.Org and Samuha.Org.Aditya Dev Sood • http://www.ict4d.info