Thomas Ermacora is an award winning danish-Italian futurist, architect, technologist, author, impact investor and humanitarian devoted to radical approaches to achieve ‘people positive’ sustainability.
Founder of the pioneering tactical urbanism charity Clear Village, East London’s first independent cultural incubator (the Limewharf) and the UK’s leading impact Maker Space (the Machines Room), he designs and advises a range of neighborhood scale regenerative initiatives with his ‘recode’ practice philosophy, helping accelerate places toward local resilience and restore community wellbeing.
Author of Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Future (Routledge 2016), a global survey of the potential of participatory placemaking that presents his theory on place capital for greater urban balance.
As an expert on the circular economy and open source processes his current emphasis is on how to harness the tools of the digital age, such as AI, blockchain and maker technologies that dramatically increase welfare and improve carbon footprints.
Beyond his own ventures and productions, he has been one of the futurists working to create an AI for good framework and advising the G7. He has a track record of supporting disruptive startups as business angel and is currently involved in over 20 impact ventures, and sits on the board of Apparent Energy, RegenVillages, Citymart, WasteFuel, the frontier space Pioneer Works amongst others.
Ermacora is also a futurist for the Xprize, a Clinton Global Initiative LEAD fellow, an advisor to the World Economic Forum ‘Shaping the Future of Urban Development and Services’ Initiative, and a founding partner of the Pope Francis inspired Vatican Laudato Si Challenge last mile technology accelerator program. He has taught at the Chinese Arts Academy and various international campuses and recently co-founded the ReACT Refugee Hub at MIT where he is a research fellow.
An early age environmental activist, Ermacora was once editor and co-owner of the largest online ecodesign magazine, Inhabitat, before he sold it in 2012.
Ermacora’s works have been featured in numerous publications including Wired, Monocle and Dezeen and he is a regular contributor to various journals while he has spoken at over 100 venues including London City Hall, the Moscow Douma, TEDu, Citylab, Monocle24, Techonomy Detroit, the BBC, the Danish parliament, the Moscow Douma, Websummit, Singularity, Near Future and the UN General Assembly.