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New content channel! This is #FashionFutures

New content channel! This is #FashionFutures

Today we are launching the call for our new content channel, #FashionFutures. We’re asking for your help to hear about the designers, craftspeople, social innovators, educators and communicators who are transforming our broken fashion system. The challenge is truly urgent – we know what is at risk and we cannot turn away.  “When it comes to the

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Top 10 cities fixing the future: Architect Vicente Guallart

Top 10 cities fixing the future: Architect Vicente Guallart

If we had asked former chief architect of Barcelona City Council Vicente Guallart what his favourite city in the world was in the 1990s, he would have said Barcelona. In the 2000s he preferred Colombia’s Medellín. Vicente uses the principles of global connectivity and local self-sufficiency to invent the city of the future and build it in the

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FutureLeague Fab City Global: DIY cities of tomorrow

FutureLeague Fab City Global: DIY cities of tomorrow

Imagine if you could click a button and be able to grow and make almost anything. That’s what Fab City is all about: a creative collective of pioneers and makers who simply want digital technology to make the world more self-sufficient. And they’re doing it more than one city at a time. In fact, 28 cities are already

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AtlasQ&A Dan Barber ► 6 questions for a food FutureHero

AtlasQ&A Dan Barber ► 6 questions for a food FutureHero

From culinary creativity and food fads to a dystopian future soil crisis, friends of the Atlas ask Dan Barber – Blue Hill chef and co-founder of Row 7 Seed Company – their burning questions…    1. Ande Gregson, founder of GreenLab, an experimental space in London for urban agriculture: “Is urban agriculture future or fad?

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Will creativity save us? ► Culture for good

Will creativity save us? ► Culture for good

Let us transport you from Mauritania to Indonesia via blood, sweat and paint, pixels and words…  Over the past few months we’ve been digging deep into the joyful world of artists, filmmakers, photographers, illustrators, curators and collectives who are helping to build a better, and more imaginative, world – in all its technicoloured glory. This week

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Surf, skate, liberate: Skateistan’s AtlasChart Top 5

Surf, skate, liberate: Skateistan’s AtlasChart Top 5

Still one of the most popular projects on the Atlas (it fills us – and so many others – with joy), Skateistan started as an Afghan NGO providing skateboarding and education for youth empowerment. Flip forward a decade and it’s a worldwide phenomenon – using the power of skate to liberate in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Skateboarding is

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Video ► Zenia Tata: Smiley serial social entrepreneur

Video ► Zenia Tata: Smiley serial social entrepreneur

Space buff, scuba diver and pilot; Mumbai-born Zenia Tata  was a social entrepreneur “four or five years before we even knew we had a place in the world!” Inspired to do good by her grandmother, who contributed in slum areas near her home, today Tata is XPRIZE‘s Executive Director of Global Development, Passionate about using exponential tech for

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10 years of Fab Lab BCN: 10 projects that change everything

10 years of Fab Lab BCN: 10 projects that change everything

In March 2017, Fab Lab Barcelona celebrated ten years of innovation, participation, digital manufacturing, technology and creation with a big birthday fiesta 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 accessible technologies. So

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AtlasNews: Solar Impulse material will protect refugees

AtlasNews: Solar Impulse material will protect refugees

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

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“The Internet was like a movie trailer. It tells you a lot about the main feature.”

“The Internet was like a movie trailer. It tells you a lot about the main feature.”

The Atlas of the Future team is humbled by the turnout of over 160 people who fought their way through Barcelona’s unusually rainy streets for last week’s AtlasEvent with Mark Stevenson – ‘The future and what to do about it‘. Catalonia’s leading newspaper La Vanguardia was also in attendance and chatted with the futurologist, who knows that the only way we can

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7 ways to map optimism

7 ways to map optimism

Parag Khanna loves maps. Born in India, his parents took him everywhere on their travels while growing up in the United Arab Emirates, New York and Germany: “Whether finding maps in the glove compartment or flipping through the maps in airline seat pockets, maps always kept me busy,” the bestselling geopolitical author tells us. “They gave me a

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Women on Twitter: #PositionOfStrength

Women on Twitter: #PositionOfStrength

In the lead up to International Women’s Day next week Twitter has launched the hashtag #PositionOfStrength in Asia as a way to bring awareness to gender issues and democratise technology for the empowerment of women. With a global global community of 300 million people, Twitter is a powerful tool to effect change all over the

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Happy New Elements!

Happy New Elements!

Scientists in Japan, Russia and the US are celebrating 2016 by adding four new elements to the periodic table, finally completing its seventh row – and rendering science textbooks and the periodic table song out of date instantly.   Currently bearing placeholder names, the super-heavy elements will be officially named by the teams that discovered them in the coming months. Element

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FutureHero Camila Achutti: Brazil’s leading grrrl-geek

FutureHero Camila Achutti: Brazil’s leading grrrl-geek

The tech evangelist behind Mulheres na Computaçao (Women in Computing) on spreading the good news about technology’s power to change the world, educating people out of poverty – and getting more women into IT… Camila Achutti: I grew up listening to my dad talking in COBOL on the phone. For me it was like a secret language

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