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🚀 Voyage from Barcelona to the Red Planet

🚀  Voyage from Barcelona to the Red Planet

🔴  “We are not alone in the universe. The irrational thing is to believe that we are.” – Juan Insua  Mars has always seduced us. Since the earliest civilisations, the Red Planet has been a metaphor and a source of inspiration for humankind. Perhaps it’s because we see in it a mirror of ourselves – our

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► WANTED: English-language Editor for Atlas of the Future

► WANTED: English-language Editor for Atlas of the Future

Atlas of the Future is looking for a new Editor to take the helm of managing production of our English-language content. Our Editor will be a brilliant writer, passionate about better futures for all. Responsibilities include feature writing and interviews, reviewing and editing articles, and managing day-to-day editorial operations and communication. At Atlas of the

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⚡ Goodbye Atlas, hello world: A sign-off from our Editor

⚡ Goodbye Atlas, hello world: A sign-off from our Editor

15 things that have given me joy as Editor of Atlas of the Future Yes, it’s officially time for me to lift-off. After six wonder-filled years journeying around the world thanks to the stellar innovations of people creating better futures, I’m jumping spaceship onto my next adventure. But before I get carried away with spacey

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🚀 A journey through joy & impact: Around the world from A to Z

🚀 A journey through joy & impact: Around the world from A to Z

What links Arcade Fire, lab-grown chicken burgers, the rare white Arabian oryx, masks made from plastic waste and the circular economy? We’re closing a tough year and starting a fresh one with a trip around the world, travelling from Afghanistan to Zambia in a gorgeous reminder of what’s good – a mix of meaningful innovations, excellent examples of resilience and things

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AtlasChart 🔝 Common Wealth Theatre: 5 places art becomes activism

AtlasChart 🔝 Common Wealth Theatre: 5 places art becomes activism

“Humans are amazing, especially in times of struggle, but to make social change, we need to be moved.” Two theatre-troublemakers are breaking all the rules with their radically inclusive female-led theatre collective. Rhiannon White and Evie Manning have created Common Wealth Theatre to breathe life into stories by taking theatre out of the theatre – smashing right through the middle

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⚡ The power of a future-fit education: meet FutureHero David Price 

⚡ The power of a future-fit education: meet FutureHero David Price 

David Price wants us to be curious in today’s digitally connected world. We can solve wicked problems with learning culture.

‘Back to the true source’: guest post by farmer Abby Rose

‘Back to the true source’: guest post by farmer Abby Rose

 “It has become crystal clear that food is one of the most valuable things in our lives.” Abby Rose was named one of ’50 New Radicals’ by The Guardian and Nesta in 2018 for her work as co-creator of Farmerama Radio, an award-winning podcast sharing the voices behind regenerative farming, and as co-founder of Vidacycle, developing simple apps that

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You can help reverse extinction: guest post by John Elkington

You can help reverse extinction: guest post by John Elkington

Something wicked this way comes, but then a lab comes along to challenge it… Known to many as the ‘Godfather of sustainability’, John Elkington has been interested in conservation and challenge prizes for decades. That’s why the serial entrepreneur is on the board of Conservation X Labs, a nonprofit tech company that spurs bold, unconventional solutions to

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Love in the time of corona: stories of hope & action

Love in the time of corona: stories of hope & action

It’s time to work together. It’s time to think creatively. And it’s time to be useful. That’s why we’re collating your stories of real action and resilience in the face of crisis.  This is an accumulative list of the projects rapidly popping up all round the world with one thing in common: facing the coronavirus

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FutureHero Christine Fox: The Pentagon’s real Top Gun

FutureHero Christine Fox: The Pentagon’s real Top Gun

Blazing a trail for other women, Christine Fox has held the highest rank ever for a woman at the Pentagon and was the inspiration for the Kelly McGillis character ‘Charlie’ in arguably the best film of the 80s… Top Gun (of course). The first female Deputy Secretary of Defense (Acting) in American history has flown in B-52s, escaped submerged

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► Inside the event: 2018 CultureFutures

► Inside the event: 2018 CultureFutures

For the past year Atlas of the Future has been excited by creative and cultural projects with a social mission. We’ve been chatting with the artists, filmmakers, photographers, illustrators, curators and collectives who are building a better – more colourful and imaginative – world. We call this storytelling project #CultureFutures. In November we introduced you to

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Happy holidays! 12 days of good actions

Happy holidays! 12 days of good actions

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Good news: you can redeem yourselves! As the bumpy, transformative, but never-boring 2018 comes to a close, we’re spinning ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ into 12 sparkly, positive ways to take action and spread holiday cheer. No ode to conspicuous consumption here. Join a flavour mutiny, put plastic

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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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Fab City Summit 2018: A new urban manifesto

Fab City Summit 2018: A new urban manifesto

Imagine if you could get a ‘city’ to agree to making the world more self-sufficient. A creative team of pioneers and makers is doing exactly that. They’ve created a set of ten principles as a sort of instruction manual to build a more sustainable and inhabitable new world. And they’re getting cities to agree to it. In fact, 28

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Get cooking! ► 5 recipes for a better world

Get cooking! ► 5 recipes for a better world

Did you know you don’t always have to cook with food? As part of our new CultureFutures project we’ve been digging deep into the imaginations of artists, chefs, designers and material makers as they help build a better world – in all its delicious glory. From precious plastics to seeds with stories, in this week’s Future 5 we’re

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FutureLeague Common Wealth: Activism gets theatrical

FutureLeague Common Wealth: Activism gets theatrical

The stage is a boxing ring, an empty house, a vast factory floor. The props have been taken from a nearby industrial wasteland, and the cast selected from the local community. This is Common Wealth Theatre: where bold stories are told with, by and for the people the actors represent. Since 2011, visionary dramatists Rhiannon

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Behind the scenes: stand up for Common Wealth’s theatrical activism

Behind the scenes: stand up for Common Wealth’s theatrical activism

“We want to drive political action with our work, and I don’t think you can do that sitting down.” – Rhiannon White, Common Wealth Co-founder At a Common Wealth Theatre performance, there’s no sitting back and letting it happen. Wandering through living rooms, factory floors and boxing rings, theatre-goers are invited into the story – as

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Enter the magical, curious world of Beakerhead

Enter the magical, curious world of Beakerhead

“It’s in the freely shared ideas that collisions, oddities and thrills emerge.” – Mary Anne Moser, Beakerhead Co-founder Widely known as ‘the world’s greatest arts-science smash-up’, Beakerhead makes breaking down the complex look effortless – but it takes a collective effort to make STEAM this fun. A fire-breathing serpent mother, inflatable octopus, trash robot, giant

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Create better futures with storytelling, media and fashion

Create better futures with storytelling, media and fashion

An anonymous pirate radio DJ in Nairobi, ‘electro-modern’ remixes in Costa Rica, slum kids with cameras in Argentina and miraculous videos from the streets of San Francisco; this week’s #CultureFutures collection is an audiovisual treat. Over the past few months we’ve been digging deep into the joyful world of virtual reality, comic book artists, filmmakers, photographers,

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Culture for good ► High five to these 5 creative collaborations

Culture for good ► High five to these 5 creative collaborations

Hip hop and politics. Blind photographers. Crayons and big ideas. In this week’s CultureFutures special we’re exploring creativity in surprising areas. In Rwanda, teenage girls have created its biggest media brand. In Spain, a photojournalist has set up the world’s first ‘special photographer’ agency for people with intellectual disabilities. And in Senegal, they’re rapping the news.

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Culture for good ► Bring about the change we want to see

Culture for good ► Bring about the change we want to see

Fasten your helmets as this week we’re exploring creativity in the most toxic place on earth and getting lost in the labyrinth that is your own mind. Every fortnight we’re on a mission to bring you in-depth interviews with the people behind creative and cultural projects with a social mission. As part of new storytelling

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8 Agricultural Mavericks

8 Agricultural Mavericks

Something special is happening inside an old school made from recycled salvage from a theatre company, decommissioned bio labs and art freight containers. As London’s first incubator workspace for urban farming entrepreneurs and ‘agritech’ startups, the Green Lab is creating a vibrant city community for creative sustainable food innovators. Having previously co-founded Fab Lab London, Ande Gregson was

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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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AtlasChart Tomás Diez: A hands-on Top 9

AtlasChart Tomás Diez: A hands-on Top 9

“We either build the future we want, or become the victims of it.” As Director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Tomás Diez constantly breaks the rules when it comes to education, business, science, urbanism, farming, environmentalism, design, and housing… you name it. In this AtlasChart, the Venezuelan digital fabrication urbanist opens up about projects in

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Fixing the future: Introducing the event line up!

Fixing the future: Introducing the event line up!

Future curious? On 13 March a future-‘supergroup’ will gather for the first time in Barcelona. Brought to you by Atlas of the Future and Ara, ‘Fixing the future: adventures in a better tomorrow’ will explore the talent solving the audacious goals of our planet with radical methods. Join us at the CCCB to meet the innovators

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FutureHero Kate Raworth breaks down Doughnut Economics

FutureHero Kate Raworth breaks down Doughnut Economics

“The goal of the economy should be to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet.” In today’s world we are addicted to growth. Renegade economist Kate Raworth wants to radically reframe the way we look at economics. It’s an exciting challenge to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials – like food,

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Feel the love! 20 reasons 2017 gave us so much joy

Feel the love! 20 reasons 2017 gave us so much joy

When you find yourselves somewhere between Gotham City Police HQ and Blade Runner’s Leon’s Hotel chatting to a Westworld sexbot you know that it’s been an interesting – and surprising – year. OK, it’s been relentless too, but there are so many reasons to feel hopeful. From Cameroon to Patagonia, 2017 has seen your projects make the

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Introducing our first AtlasEvent

Introducing our first AtlasEvent

In news unrelated to monkey clones, last night’s super blue blood moon or the adorable ‘shower rat’ (sorry to burst your soap bubble, but it’s a Peruvian pacarana), we’ve got big news of our own! Our first major AtlasEvent will take place on Tuesday 13 March. We’re excited to announce that ‘Fixing the future: Adventures in a

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An African AtlasChart: 4 magical citizen initiatives

An African AtlasChart: 4 magical citizen initiatives

“Do you believe in magic?” These innovators do. In West Africa, a ‘grigri’ is a mystical amulet that protects. In Spain, ‘Grigri Pixel‘ is an international workshop that we were lucky enough to attend. Canoes made from plastic bottles, the world’s first e-waste printer, a fruitful laboratory, and art for all; four creators were brought together in Madrid

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Video ► Enter the Matrix with Herman Narula

Video ► Enter the Matrix with Herman Narula

Perhaps the grandest challenge that exists is being able to answer “what if?” What happens to a city when all the cars start to drive themselves? Or when a certain policy is implemented, or an economy or a piece of physical infrastructure fails? The answers may just lie in the virtual worlds of Britain’s hottest tech startup, Improbable. Already

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AtlasChart: The women of Sónar+D 2017

AtlasChart: The women of Sónar+D 2017

Every year Sónar+D forms a key part of the stamina-pushing Sónar Festival, one of Europe’s biggest and most forward-thinking dance music events. If you have ever wondered what the D stands for, it all becomes clear when you look at it like this… SónaR+D. While festivalgoers rave outside, its lab space acts as a node between the innovation, creative and

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AtlasChart: A Maker Faire Top 5

AtlasChart: A Maker Faire Top 5

Makers are inventors, creators, engineers, students or grassroot innovators who enjoy play and exploration – but they can also be people who simply want to make the world a better place. And where better to innovate and experiment than in a city? Back in San Francisco in 2006, the Maker Movement arose out of the launch of MAKE: Magazine. Today, hundreds of thousands of people attend Maker Faire, the

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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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Tech For Good: 14 practical actions for 2017

Tech For Good: 14 practical actions for 2017

It is now more important than ever that communities of people take a stand for the things they believe, and protect things that they previously had taken for granted. That’s why Tech For Good Co-founder Cassie Robinson got in touch with a bunch of people working to make the world better to ask them they were personally going to commit to – and what

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14 ways you can make 2017 better

14 ways you can make 2017 better

As the world turns upside down and unhinged becomes the new normal, we want to provide some positivity from within the deep divisions of 2016. Take comfort. The world is better than you think. From Silicon Valley to Bulambuli Valley, social entrepreneurs are tackling the world’s most difficult problems. Technology is being democratised, access to education is causing global

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AtlasOffer: Join us at WIRED2016!

AtlasOffer: Join us at WIRED2016!

It’s not often you get so many of the brains behind Atlas of the Future projects in the same room at the same time, but that’s what is happening next week at WIRED2016 (3-4 November) – a two-day conference in London featuring more than 50 of the world’s most disruptive minds. Meet thinkers, makers and doers, such

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#BlackLivesMatter at Sundance

#BlackLivesMatter at Sundance

The Digital Revolution has allowed more voices to be heard than ever before. With the power of a social network or a simple hashtag, people from all over the world can tell their story. As bloggers evade repressive governments, so too can filmmakers produce a film without relying on the major studios. The Birth of a

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Atlas London Launch: Makerversity, Somerset House

Atlas London Launch: Makerversity, Somerset House

There’s more to the historic Somerset House than courtyard concerts, dancing fountains and London’s most iconic Christmas ice rink. In its cellars you can find Makerversity, a pioneering community of emerging maker businesses and producers kickstarting the third industrial revolution within its hidden fabrication spaces. Which makes it the perfect location for the first ever (physical) meeting of the Atlas advisory

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FutureHero Samantha Storr: The heroine of virtual reality

FutureHero Samantha Storr: The heroine of virtual reality

Samantha Storr keeps a low profile, but is very much the woman behind top directors Terry Gilliam, Chris Milk, Spike Jonze and Robert Redford. We chatted to the VP and Executive Producer of experience studio Here Be Dragons about the evolution of virtual reality for good, sharing immersive documentaries with world leaders and collaborating with the United Nations.

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Postcard from: The place beyond the pines

Postcard from: The place beyond the pines

In the late 18th century a small group of remarkable friends met at a house outside Birmingham, UK, got blind drunk and applied themselves to the problems of the age. Between the writers, intellectuals, scientists and industrialists they discovered oxygen, harnessed steam power, pioneered the theory of evolution and launched the Industrial Revolution. Then they staggered

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Setting Global Goals… Collectively

Setting Global Goals… Collectively

Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if we could end extreme poverty, hunger, disease, climate change and fight inequality and injustice by 2030? But fixing our world is an epic task. The need for a shared vision has led to a move by world leaders described as “bold” and “lofty”. On 25 September 2015 the UN committed to

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