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John Wood

John is a Director of the Kinerji Company and Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. His early career as an artist in the 1960s led him to use systems thinking to create installations in which museum visitors could interact with artefacts. This led him into the design of solar energy systems for domestic purposes. He has opened up some novel methodologies within design practice, via his numerous publications, articles, chapters, keynote talks and books. He is also a co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. John was Deputy Head of Fine Art throughout the decade when the UK's YBA artists were finding their feet, after which he wrote some ethically-oriented design degrees at Goldsmiths, University of London. These helped to seed the current Department of Design, recently rated by the Guardian as number one in the UK. His (AHRC / EPSRC funded) research explored ways to bring design and management thinking closer together in a complex, hybrid practice he refers to as 'metadesign'. Many of these methods have been adapted and developed within the commercial context of the Kinerji Company.


  • Bussracumpakorn, C., & Wood, J., (2010), “Design Innovation Networks, critical factors that can contribute to successful collaborative development of innovative products”, Lambert Academic Publishing, 978-3-8383-6380-6
  • Wood, J., (2007), “Designing for Micro-utopias; thinking beyond the possible”, (Commissioning Editor, Professor Rachel Cooper), Ashgate, UK, ISBN 0-7546-4608-4, (222 pages)
  • Wood, J., (1998), (Ed.) "The Virtual Embodied; presence, practice, technology", Routledge, London and New York, (simultaneously published in USA and Canada), June 1998, ISBN 0-415-16025-1 (hardback), ISBN 0-415-16026-X (paperback)


  • Wood, J., (2017), (at press), short foreword to "Investigating the Visual as a Transformative Pedagogy in the Asia Region", Eds.: Dr Ian McArthur, Rod Bamford, Associate Professor Xu Fang, Brad Miller, Common Ground Publishing, Champagne, Illinois, USA, Australia
  • Wood, J., (2017), (at press), "From Products to Relations: Adding jeong to the metadesigner’s vocabulary", chapter for Handbook of Sustainable Product Design by Jonathan Chapman, Routledge, ISBN-10: 1138910171, ISBN-13: 978-1138910171
  • Wood, J., (2016), "Wild New Territories", Black Dog Publishing Ltd (24 Nov. 2016), ISBN-10: 1910433640, ISBN-13: 978-1910433645, pp. 28-43
  • Wood, J., (2016), "A Quadratic Model of Consciousness", a chapter for a forthcoming book The Undivided Mind, (ed. Jane Grant), part of the Consciousness Reframed series, to be published by Intellect Books.
  • Wood, J., (2015), "Collective Metamorphosis; a combinatorial approach to self-transformation", a chapter for Transformation Design (ed. Wolfgang Jonas), BIRD (Board of International Research in Design, BIRKHÄUSER).
  • Wood, J., (2013), “Metadesigning Paradigm Change: an ecomimetic, language-centred approach”, a chapter in Handbook of Design for Sustainability, edited by Stuart Walker & Jacques Giroud (Berg), 2013
  • Wood, J., (2012), Creativity & Biodiversity; towards a synergy-of-synergies, paper in the Journal of Advances in System Sciences & Applications, Editor, Prof. Jeffrey (Yi Lin) Forrest, An official journal of the International Institute for General Systems Studies, Vol. 12, (3), pp. 232
  • Backwell, J., & Wood, J., (2011), ‘Catalysing Network Consciousness in Leaderless Groups: A Metadesign Tool’, in Consciousness Reframed 12, Art, Identity and the Technology of the Transformation, editors Roy Ascott & Luis Miguel Girão, University of Aveiro, Portugal, pp. 36-41


  • Wood, J., (2017), Keynote talk: "The Machine for Saying Sorry", the conference: "With a shift simultaneous realities collide*" at the London College of Communications, March 27th
  • Wood, J., (2016), Keynote talk: "Re-inventing Invention", CreativeWorks London Festival, April 16th, Queen Mary University of London
  • Wood, J., (2016), Guest lecture, "Thinking Outside the Innovation Box", Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, March 2016
  • Wood, J., (2016), Keynote talk: "Some Criteria for Mapping Consciousness in Living Buildings", as part of the CAADRIA conference at Melbourne University, April, 2016 (the conference theme is based on my book "Designing Micro-utopias"
  • Wood, J., (2016), Dean's Lecture, Melbourne University, April 2016
  • Wood, J., (2015), Keynote talk, "Metadesigners: designing beyond names, codes, forms + signs, Nordes Conference 2015
  • Wood, J., (2015), Public lecture, "Can Designers Re-design Design?", Harpa Building, Reykjavik, Iceland, 9th September
  • Wood, J., (2015), Keynote talk, "Undivided Mind" symposium, Plymouth, 2015
  • Wood, J., (2013), TEDx Talk, "The Creative Quartet - a tool for metadesigners": Oslo 2013
  • Wood, J., (2011), Guest Lecture, “Paradigm Change – Synergizing Top-Down & Bottom-up Initiatives”, (as part of our ‘Paradigm Change’ conference), Seoul National University, Seoul, 27th May, 2011
  • Wood, J., (2011), Guest Lecture, “The Design Thinking within Metadesign”, Yonsei University, Seoul, 27th April, 2011
  • Wood, J., (2011), Guest Lecture, “Eco-semiotics – an introduction”, Kookmin University, Seoul, 8th March, 2011
  • Wood, J., (2011), Guest Lecture, “Eco-semiotics within Metadesign”, Kookmin University, Seoul, 15th March, 2011
  • Wood, J., (2011), Guest Lecture, “Eco-semiotics and paradigm change”, Kookmin University, Seoul, 5th April, 2011
  • Wood, J., (2011), Guest Lecture, “Can Eco-semiotics Enable us to Language the Ineffable?”, 12th April, Kookmin University, Seoul
  • Wood, J., (2010), Guest Lecture, “Metadesigning the Synergy of Inter-Hybrids”, 2-day Conference on Inter-Hybrids, Dankook University, Seoul, South Korea, 8th December
  • Wood, J., (2010), Guest Lecture, “How Can We Use Metadesign to Change the Paradigm?”, Hongik University, 1st December
  • Wood, J., (2010), Guest Lecture, “Re-designing Design for our Survival into the Future”, Sookmyung Women’s College, 27th November
  • Wood, J., (2010), Keynote Address “Re-designing Design for our Survival into the Future”, Seoul International Design Fair, Jamsil Sports Complex, Seoul, South Korea, 17th September


  • Wood, J., with Lockheart, J., (Joint Managing Editors), Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, (Official journal of the Writing-PAD Network), Intellect Books, (First issue published in December 2007)
  • EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER – Journal of Advances in Systems Science and Applications (ASSA). Organ of the International Institute for General Systems Studies (http://www.iigss.net/) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Yi-Lin Forrest (2012- )

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