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💥 15 rebels with a cause: bold ideas from unlikely places

💥 15 rebels with a cause: bold ideas from unlikely places

“In these volatile times, with so much in flux, there’s everything to play for.”  The most daring innovators aren’t found in boardrooms or tech startups, but in protests, street markets, prisons and refugee camps… and at Meaning Conference. Taking place this year on 14 November at Brighton Dome in the UK, expect encounters with pioneers on the edges

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Video ► Ugly ducklings can transform into ‘Green Swans’

Video ► Ugly ducklings can transform into ‘Green Swans’

Exciting rewilding projects are happening at vastly different scales all around the world – as more and more people make efforts to replant trees by the billion, and reintroduce species.  It is no longer good enough to just talk about halting the destruction of our natural world. We have to to move to a restoration

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FutureHero Alex Atala: Enter the jungle with Brazil’s top chef

FutureHero Alex Atala: Enter the jungle with Brazil’s top chef

“Ants are an example of the little surprises gastronomy can give us.” Amazonian fruits, canastra cheese, fermented manioc, ants; these are just some of the Brazilian indigenous ingredients being championed by South America’s number one chef, Alex Atala. Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet, the double

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► Fixing the future 2019: workshops and screenings

► Fixing the future 2019: workshops and screenings

Are you joining us for Fixing the future at the CCCB in Barcelona on 7-8 June? As if 53 ‘FutureHero’ speakers wasn’t enough, we’re offering eight screenings and interactive workshops that let you get up close and personal with our themes of biodiversity, oceans, food and farming, cities and the climate crisis. Let us transport you from from Peru to Indonesia via Barcelona in the year 2093…     ⚡1. Guardians

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The new normal: the gender-equal future of festivals

The new normal: the gender-equal future of festivals

“Why do an equality lineup now? Because we should have done it ages ago.” It’s 2019 and we’ve all had enough. Frustrated with a lack of diversity and ‘male, pale, stale’ panels and lineups at events, one Spanish festival has declared a 50/50 gender ratio benchmark. They’re calling this ‘The New Normal’. We’re talking about Primavera Sound.

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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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Biodiversity: save the bees, the trees and the chimpanzees

Biodiversity: save the bees, the trees and the chimpanzees

Biodiversity is a hot topic at the moment, but what is it? Put simply, biodiversity helps regulate climate, air, soil and pretty much all of the good things we need for life. But a drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk. Insects are dying off at record rates — an

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► Fixing the future is back! Meet the speakers…

► Fixing the future is back! Meet the speakers…

We’re overjoyed to announce that ‘Fixing the future’ is back. And this year it’s bigger, better and faster – because the future can’t wait.  ► Download the full programme After 2018’s sold out event in Barcelona, we’re returning to the CCCB – in partnership with Holaluz – with TWO full days and 40+ FutureHeroes from around the world. This time

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Vegan Top 9 AtlasChart: What an eggscellent time to be alive

Vegan Top 9 AtlasChart: What an eggscellent time to be alive

An egg has become Instagram’s most-liked post ever. Yep, a regular egg. In it’s shell, without avocado. The world’s most famous egg now has 54 million likes on Instagram (and counting). Welcome to 2019… Despite its rising profile, the industrial egg is starting to crack as people look for plant-based solutions. Is the egg toast? As Veganuary convinces people to ditch meat

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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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AtlasVideos ► If you own fossil fuels, you own climate change

AtlasVideos ► If you own fossil fuels, you own climate change

Climate change is probably the most urgent problem facing our species and the planet today. It even threatens the existence of our favourite species: homo sapiens. In September we went to the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS 2018) in San Francisco to create a series of videos on a global investor movement that’s accelerating the

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We mean business: behind the scenes of Meaning 2018

We mean business: behind the scenes of Meaning 2018

Turbulent headlines on the morning of 14 November (in the form of a domino run of Brexit-toppled MPs) provided a poignant backdrop for the gathering of 500 future-conscious minds at the Brighton Dome, who had come to hear about strategies for making sense of – and creating sense in – an often precarious world. Meaning,

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Lynne Segal: joyously radical

Lynne Segal: joyously radical

Good news: the power of true happiness can be discovered collectively. Australian-born, British-based socialist feminist academic and cheery activist Lynne Segal wants us to embrace the art of ‘radical happiness’ – the liberation that comes with transformative, collective joy.  With such obvious ecological disaster looming and an ideology of individual happiness thriving, today, more than ever, we

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Brazil’s rivers of creativity: FutureLeague Rios de Encontro

Brazil’s rivers of creativity: FutureLeague Rios de Encontro

“We know a new politics of solidarity, individual responsibility and collective transformation is urgently needed. Can we culturally educate ourselves to understand how to create it?” This question has driven community-based arts educator, author, playwright, poet and eco-cultural activist Dan Baron Cohen for many years. He’s travelled from ground-breaking work in post-industrial Manchester and conflict-transformation projects

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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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FutureLeague: Beakerhead is the world’s greatest arts-science smash-up

FutureLeague: Beakerhead is the world’s greatest arts-science smash-up

Did you hear the one about the hot tub, the actor and the quantum physicist? How about the one with the inflatable octopus, the trash robot and the fire-breathing serpent mother? No joke, for all of the above, you just need enter the curious world of Beakerhead – a place where arts, engineering and science

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Video ► Green fingers design a better future: Inside London’s Green Lab

Video ► Green fingers design a better future: Inside London’s Green Lab

Let us take you inside an old school made from recycled theatre salvage, decommissioned bio labs and art freight containers – because something special is happening. Green Lab is creating a vibrant city community for creative sustainable food innovators. As London’s first incubator workspace for urban farming entrepreneurs and ‘agritech’ startups, the space was set up by Ande Gregson. Having

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Fixing the system: dream of an open world

Fixing the system: dream of an open world

In today’s world, platforms like AirBnb and Uber are increasingly creating connections and exchanges. Platform co-ops want to go one step further to serve the communities who use them by offering a new model of ownership for a more democratic future, with peer-to-peer tech and ‘sensual’ social software. In this guest post by Oliver Sylvester-Bradley, co-founder of

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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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Aquawoman: Fishy FutureHero

Aquawoman: Fishy FutureHero

In the sprawling high plains of the Free State province of South Africa, Conchita Milburn is playing a key part in freshwater aquaculture projects – sharing knowledge and implementing sustainable practices. Aquaculture is exactly what it sounds like – farming fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic plants, algae and other organisms – under controlled conditions. Combined with agriculture,

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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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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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FutureHero Dougie McMaster: Ethical Jedi chef

FutureHero Dougie McMaster: Ethical Jedi chef

Britain’s most ethical restaurant doesn’t have a bin. Founded by ex-St John chef Dougie McMaster, the team at Silo brews its own booze, mills its own flour, churns its own butter and even has chairs made from jeans and plates formed from plastic bags.  At the UK’s first ever zero waste restaurant, all materials are digestible by

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Who made my clothes? Fashion Revolution Top 5

Who made my clothes? Fashion Revolution Top 5

Do you know who made your clothes? Who grew the cotton, spun the threads, dyed the fabric and sewed them together? Two fashion entrepreneurs are making sure you ask those very questions by bringing the hidden people behind what we wear into the public eye – from the cotton farmer, seamstress, knitter and weaver to the factory

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FutureHero Jessi Baker: Blockchain’s spies for good

FutureHero Jessi Baker: Blockchain’s spies for good

Blockchain isn’t just about finance and Bitcoin, but when Jessi Baker started Provenance that wasn’t the case. That’s why her idea was considered crazy at first. The software company uses technologies like the blockchain to help businesses share truths about the people, places and materials involved in their products. Labelled as one of the UK’s ‘coolest female startup

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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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Video ► The future mindset

Video ► The future mindset

If we are to achieve a sustainable future, the role of big business is critical. That’s why we’re working with the Godfather of modern sustainability John Elkington to produce a new three-part video series on ‘breakthrough’. Together with his team we’ve spoken to the world’s leading innovators and the CEOs of its most powerful companies. And they

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FutureHero Richard Ballard: Growing greens in bomb shelters

FutureHero Richard Ballard: Growing greens in bomb shelters

A microgreen-fingered hydroponic hero is proving that ‘zero km’ is possible – in London’s disused bomb shelters. With his groundbreaking subterranean farm Growing Underground, Richard Ballard demonstrates how plants don’t need sunlight and that urban agriculture can help tackle food scarcity. Located 100 feet (33 metres) under the streets of London in a disused World War II air raid shelter,

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FutureHero Kate Raworth breaks down Doughnut Economics

FutureHero Kate Raworth breaks down Doughnut Economics

In today’s world we are addicted to growth. That’s why renegade economist Kate Raworth wants to radically reframe the way we look at economics: “The goal of the 21st century economy should be to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet.” It’s an exciting challenge to ensure that no one falls short on

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An interview with our Editor

An interview with our Editor

This week we’re ‘happy’ to introduce you to a new monthly UK magazine which is aiming to create a healthier, happier and more sustainable world; Happiful focuses on the ‘interior’ world of thoughts, feelings and emotions – and how these relate to society. Like the Atlas, there’s no beauty, or trendy ways of living, pushing products or

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Video ► The future of finance

Video ► The future of finance

Part of the problem with the investment industry is that it has been very backward-looking. But there is a bunch of people who are concerned about building a financial system that can deliver the future we want. Ten years on from the global financial crisis, our partners at Project Breakthrough brought together a group of the

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AtlasShoot: Money, data and trust

AtlasShoot: Money, data and trust

Fresh from editing videos for the Carbon Productivity event at London’s RSA, last week we returned to UBS‘s London HQ to shoot Volans’ Breakthrough Money – focusing on the confluence of money, data and trust. (We’re into venues that can be reduced to 3-letter acronyms.) Organised by sustainability think tank and advisory firm Volans as part of Project Breakthrough, it is part of

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Breakthrough: inevitable or possible?

Breakthrough: inevitable or possible?

As storytellers we’re interested in how transformative change happens. This week we hosted the first Salon with our Project Breakthrough partners Volans. The topic for discussion was ‘Breakthrough: inevitable or possible?’ Are we driven forward by ‘push’ factors – like technological progress – towards an inevitable future? Or are ‘pull’ factors – like an inspiring vision of a

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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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Video ► Josh Tetrick: Cracking the future of food

Video ► Josh Tetrick: Cracking the future of food

A vegan mayo CEO wants to change the world by making the right thing easy and sexy: “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 too busy and you don’t give a damn you still eat it.” And who are we

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► We mean (big) business!

► We mean (big) business!

“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.

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FutureRead: We Do Things Differently – Mark Stevenson

FutureRead: We Do Things Differently – Mark Stevenson

There is no better time to reboot our world than right now – which means there is no better time to read this book. At the Atlas, we love people who speak ‘human’. Anyone who tells stories that help everyone understand the super-cool stuff making the world better is alright in our book. In his latest slice of

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► Best Breakthrough Videos of 2016

► Best Breakthrough Videos of 2016

As we enter a new year, it’s time to look back at our recent videos for Project Breakthrough. Whether it’s the ex-American football player-turned-food saviour, the ex-Panamanian prisoner demanding transparency or the ex-travel writer fighting toxics, these nine FutureHeroes all have one major thing in common. They are all ex-ponential leaders. And they’re all disrupting entire industries – from food to

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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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► Francesco Starace: The star of green power

► Francesco Starace: The star of green power

“Carbon is risky, it’s bad for the world. How can we continue to invest in something that’s increasingly dangerous, risky and therefore a bad idea? Let’s stop that and let’s do something else!” Francesco Starace is the CEO of Enel Group, one of the largest producers of renewable energy in the world. His vision for the

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We want your projects!

We want your projects!

Have you spotted cyborg vultures catching illegal fly tippers; heard of a cool way tech is bringing clean water to the billions without it; or discovered a robot that teaches kids to code? At Atlas of the Future we love projects that find new, original or creative solutions to a problem. But to help us truly democratise the future,

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Data to fight discrimination: AtlasChart Top 5

Data to fight discrimination: AtlasChart Top 5

Every day, sites like Netflix, Spotify and Flipboard tap into the power of data to provide recommendations that make life ‘easier’, or at least more entertaining. However, in many important areas such as global health, and in developing countries, basic information doesn’t exist. Often,  even where it does, it is considered biased or sexist. That’s why Melinda

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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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Here comes the sun: Solar Impulse touches down

Here comes the sun: Solar Impulse touches down

On Sunday, Solar Impulse 2 became the first solar powered plane to cross the Pacific. After completing the latest leg and landing in California, the pioneering team is on a mission to make the first around the world solar flight without any fuel. 2016 is a big year for solar. As instability around oil continues and

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Tesla Model 3: An electric car to change the world

Tesla Model 3: An electric car to change the world

This is the big one. The Tesla Model 3, unveiled today, could bring electric cars to the masses and provide a solution to climate change. Heralded as the car to change the future of transportation, the petrol-free vehicle has been hailed by some as the end of oil and the beginning of a new era

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Wanted: FutureHeroes!

Wanted: FutureHeroes!

Since the Atlas launch just a few months ago we’ve seen some of the most forward-thinking and insightful minds on the planet walk through our virtual doors. We call these high profile futurists, farmers, tech stars, entrepreneurs, 3D computational artists, design economists and epic people doing things differently ‘FutureHeroes’. Each one inspires us with what really matters – from cunning ways of solving

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Best of the Atlas 2015

Best of the Atlas 2015

From a Noah’s Ark of seeds and American Idol for rural farmers to 3D printing prosthetics in conflict zones and igloo orphanages on skis, this year has seen hundreds of projects mapped on the Atlas from Syria to the North Pole. We’re celebrating the end of 2015 and looking to the future by ranking our favourite 16.  So get your

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AtlasNews: Our ‘enormous map’ gets its first press

AtlasNews: Our ‘enormous map’ gets its first press

Our friends – and now partners – at Collectively interviewed Atlas editor Lisa Goldapple about our ‘enormous map’, the brilliant breakthrough ideas and heroes shaping our century, why collaboration has to be the way forward – and what it’s like ensuring everyone’s future is all mapped out. Hi Lisa. So why an Atlas? All around the world, never before has

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FutureHero Rebecca Hosking: Wild at heart

FutureHero Rebecca Hosking: Wild at heart

The Devon dairy farmer’s daughter – who left the Pacific to come home and start a little revolution with Village Farm – on the way we see food, raise stock and treat our environment… Rebecca Hosking:  “Farming has always been making a mess of things. That started long before the modern era, although the speed of destruction has been

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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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AtlasChart Camila Achutti: From São Paulo to Buenos Aires in 5 tech steps

AtlasChart Camila Achutti: From São Paulo to Buenos Aires in 5 tech steps

The rising tech star and software engineer behind Mulheres na Computação (Women in Computing) maps her top 5 Atlas projects – from the favelas in Brazil to the streets of Argentina.   1. Chega de fiu fiu Sexual harassment in public spaces is pretty common here in Brazil. This is a nationwide campaign against it. Lots of people think

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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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Postcard from: The London heatwave

Postcard from: The London heatwave

As NASA’s mission passed Pluto last week, I undertook my own flyby of London to meet up with Atlas of the Future co-founder Cathy Runciman and author, entrepreneur, futurist and sometime comedian Mark Stevenson. Setting out to answer ‘What’s next?’, the curious author’s An Optimist’s Tour of the Future rocketed up the book charts in 2011 (and can now be read in

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AtlasChart Alastair Parvin: The ‘accidental’ design economist’s Top 5

AtlasChart Alastair Parvin: The ‘accidental’ design economist’s Top 5

As co-founder of the open source building system WikiHouse, Alastair Parvin sees democracy as a design blueprint, has never shied away from provocation and likes people who are trying to be useful or doing seriously disruptive stuff. Take a journey through his favourite Atlas projects.   1. Ethereum This super-interesting project is looking at how you can use the

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