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Giving deadstock new life: meet FutureHero Stephanie Benedetto

Giving deadstock new life: meet FutureHero Stephanie Benedetto

Stephanie Benedetto has repurposed fabric in her blood. At the end of the 19th century, her great grandfather started finding unused textiles and turning them into clothes. A hundred years later, Stephanie has taken the same idea and run with it. In 2018, she launched Queen of Raw – an online marketplace that uses blockchain technology

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🌳 AtlasWeekly: fair fashion, easy farming & climate-comedy

🌳 AtlasWeekly: fair fashion, easy farming & climate-comedy

What a week. (Does anyone know what day it is?) This week saw the digital landscape flooded with action: Earth Day turned 50 and went digital for the first time – and Fashion Revolution, the world’s largest fashion activism movement, named (and shamed) the transparency of the world’s biggest brands. As fashion, culture and climate

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⚡ The future is phenomenal: 20 kick ass women for 2020

⚡ The future is phenomenal: 20 kick ass women for 2020

As a women-led team, you don’t need to get us started on the concept of Women’s Day. Every day we celebrate the collective efforts of those who care about human rights. However, 8 March 2020 gives us an excuse to introduce you to 20 of our favourite female FutureHeroes – starting with a jazz-loving Brooklynite who’s “super-nerdy”

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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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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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Video ► Jessi Baker: Every product has a story

Video ► Jessi Baker: Every product has a story

Do you know where your handbag, or your fish, comes from? Knowing more about where products come from is vital to brands and retailers – and being aware if there slavery or huge environmental damage in their supply chain is integral. Jessi Baker is the woman behind Provenance, a software company that uses novel technologies like the blockchain (a

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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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FutureHero Birgitta Jónsdóttir: Icelandic poet-ician

FutureHero Birgitta Jónsdóttir: Icelandic poet-ician

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

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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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FutureHero Ramez Naam: More than human

FutureHero Ramez Naam: More than human

The Cairo-born futurist, technologist and award-winning science fiction author on Elon Musk, how his best ideas come on hikes and why we’re all transhuman. Ramez Naam:  “Transhumanism is a weird word to most people. If you have a cell phone, you are already transhuman, as you have abilities above your human ancestors. If you have learned to

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Video ► Rick Ridgeway: The real Indiana Jones

Video ► Rick Ridgeway: The real Indiana Jones

Panamanian prisoner. Power broker. Himalayan avalanche survivor. And now Patagonia‘s VP of Environmental Affairs. We got to break the ice with legendary mountaineer and conservationist Rick Ridgeway (aka “The real Indiana Jones”), who wanted to tell us about the importance of managing risks  – not taking them – and the uselessness of despair. Also an environmentalist, writer and filmmaker, Ridgeway has walked from

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Houston, we have a postcard

Houston, we have a postcard

Recently NASA has felt more on the radar than usual. With Major Tim Peake – the first official British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station – due to perform scientific experiments on the ISS from 15 December and NASA simultaneously simplifying the Astronaut Selection Program to three criteria (aspiring explorers must have a STEM degree,

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