Keynote Speakers

Reflections on Design Practice at Dark Matter Labs


Indy Johar

Architect, Co-founder of 00 (, a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation, Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield, and Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dark Matter Labs

Indy Johar’s reflections on design practice are framed by his experience as an architect, co-founder of 00 ( and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Indy is co-founder of Dark Matter Labs, which aims to apply complex systems science to urban and regional renewal. The team is currently working on a range of initiatives from developing a new class of System Change – Impact funds, to @Town_halls for Social Innovation, to the development of a new generation of polytechnics, and the transformation of numerous existing institutions.

On behalf of 00, Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the, Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative, a director of WikiHouse Foundation, and co-founder of Research Laboratory & Skunk Works.


Indy was Director of the Global Impact Hub Association and Impact Hub Islington [the original Impact Hub in the Hub Network], and worked with Jonathan Robinson to design the protocols and modes of the network scaling. He has taught & lectured at various institutions including the University of Bath, TU-Berlin, Architectural Association, University College London; and Princeton. He has written for many national and international publications on the future of design, systems change and social investment.

Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member, a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Working Group and, most recently, a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission.

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Posted October 2021