This week Fab Lab Barcelona celebrated ten years of innovation, participation, digital manufacturing, technology and creation with a big birthday fiesta on 21 March 2017 at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Over the last decade, the centre has helped people around the world to locally conceptualise, design, develop and fabricate, with a focus on truly world-changing open and
In episode 3 of their podcast, The Futurenauts (AKA friends and advisors to the Atlas, top selling author and futurist Mark Stevenson and leading sustainability expert Ed Gillespie) interview the extraordinary Juliet Davenport, founder and CEO of leading renewable and ethical energy provider Good Energy. A true renewable pioneer, Juliet built Good Energy from scratch in 1999 to tackle climate
Ryan Bethencourt plays with the substance of ‘us’ – our DNA – through marrying biotechnology advancements with successful business models. Just don’t accuse him of playing God. “I am playing God as much as any computer programmer does or mechanic or engineer who builds planes, makes us fly in the sky when we don’t have wings.
Hacker, activist, geek and poet Birgitta Jónsdóttir is best known for founding Iceland’s Pirate Party – a movement of anarchists and techies that asks for direct democratic reform beyond party politics. We chatted to her about civil rights, transparency and accountability. She wants us to know that we can all participate – beyond protesting. Birgitta Jónsdóttir: “I am a poetician. You
A vegan mayo CEO wants to change the world by making the “right thing” the “easiest thing”. He also wants to make it the sexiest thing, the most delectable thing and the most luscious thing: “The thing that, if you’re an evil person you still eat it, if you’re a poor person you still eat it, if you’re
As pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andrè Borschberg took Solar Impulse around the world for its record-breaking journey, the world-leading manufacturer of high-tech polymer materials behind it was working on another initiative involving the same technology that was used to construct the plane’s cockpit and protect the pilots from extreme temperatures. The structural strength and insulating properties of rigid polyurethane is well
Playboy is bringing back naked models… and women’s rights activists are loving it. Just before Valentine’s Day, only one year after it stripped nudity to attract more mainstream readers and advertisers, Playboy magazine has announced it is baring all again. From Kate Moss to Pamela Anderson, high profile nudes have featured in the magazine since its first issue
“You want to be a billionaire? Find a billion-person problem that you can make a dent in.” – Peter Diamandis. Business models are big news. Whether it’s Airbnb, Uber or the Trump Organization, we’re all interested in how other people make money – and in the impacts they are producing along the way, both positive and negative.
On 21 January more than two million people worldwide took to the streets to demand women’s rights. But how do you turn a march into an enduring global movement? Linda Sarsour is executive director of the Arab American Organisation of New York, and co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington: “It matters to me more what happens
Rivers move. Fires occur. Cities grow. Forests shrink. Icecaps melt. Ecosystems change. That’s why Robbie Schingler founded Planet, with the mission to make global change visible, accessible and actionable. Five years ago, he began building satellites in a garage. Today he runs the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites in the world. It’s early days for the company but the data is