About us

Atlas of the Future is inspired by the talent and energy of people across the world working to solve our biggest challenges and create a better tomorrowAs part of a non-profit being launched in Barcelona and London, our mission is ‘democratising the future’. 

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Advisory board

Eleanor Ford

Innovation Director

Eleanor is Innovation Director of the Time Out Group, Co-founder of the Point People and advisory board member at 100% Open. She is a networks person with a passion for new ventures, and spends much of her time connecting people and ideas, building the right teams around the right projects.


Vicente Guallart

Architect. Chairman of the advisory board

Vicente wants to invent the city of the future and to build it in the present, based in the principles of global connectivity and local self-sufficiency. He is director of his architectural practice Guallart Architects, he has been co-founder and director of IAAC, and Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council.


Annette Mees

Artist and Creative Director

Award-winning director/artist known for innovative theatrical and digital work that allows audiences to explore big ideas – for Tate Britain, UK Parliament, European Space Agency, WIRED, British Council, King’s College, NTW, SJ01 Biennale and NESTA. Likes bringing together people across sectors that normally don’t work together.


Cassie Robinson

Social Pioneer

Cassie is a Co-founder of the Point People, Co-founder/Director of Tech For Good and Founder of Civic Shop. She is a Nesta Creative Pioneer and a huge practical and strategic advocate and influencer for social innovation, working inside and outside of government and with many pioneering initiatives and agencies.


Meet the team

Cathy Runciman


Collective imagination empowerer Cathy Runciman is co-founder of Atlas of the Future and curator of Fixing the Future Festival, a celebration of the talent, energy and creativity that’s reshaping our world.

Previously as Managing Director of Time Out International, the communication extraordinaire helped launch media businesses in 37 cities from Accra to Zagreb. She led strategy and partnerships at global media platform openDemocracy. She advises the boards of Makerversity and Goldsmiths Press, and is currently working with FutureFixer Brian Eno’s music and climate charity EarthPercent.


Silvia Brandi


After 9 years spent in experimental architecture practices – MiAS Arquitectes among others, as lead architect and on site manager, Silvia is now investigating the future of cities, architecture and technology within the cutting edge environment of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya.


Oscar Marin


Journalist, blogger and writer, Oscar has worked as an editor for several travel, nature and science magazines for the last 20 years. The storytelling adventurer is also the author of a travel blog and several guidebooks, and has even won some literary awards. “A global crisis is not just danger: it is opportunity. We can seize the opportunity it offers for creating a more sustainable world.”


Mark Stevenson

Reluctant futurist and author of two bestselling books, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and the award-winning We Do Things Differently. A globally respected thinker on the interplay of technology and society, Mark helps government agencies, NGOs, corporates and arts organisations to become future literate. Advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge and the GSMA.

Ed Gillespie


Originally a marine biologist, the co-founder of international sustainability agency Futerra helps organisations ‘imagine better’ and then make it happen. He circumnavigated the globe without getting on a plane and then wrote a book about the adventures, Only Planet. When not advising clients he also sits on the Board of Greenpeace UK, Energy Revolution and Growing Underground.


Oriol Soler


The compulsive magazine collector has spent his life extending parameters. As President of publishing cooperative group GrupCultura03 and the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the cerebral optimist sees urban planning as the long-term science par excellence, and making the world a better place for his four kids as a no-brainer.


Arnau Grinyó


The meticulous marketer has taken care of international brands for over ten years. Having worked for major household names all around the world, he settled back in his native Barcelona and turned 150-year-old Moritz beer company into the icon it is today. In between, he found time to get to know our small planet – and its wine – a little bit better.


Special Thanks

For the last couple of years we’ve been sharing the project with great minds from all over the world, from many areas of activity. Their help has been invaluable in setting this up.

The City of Barcelona, Albert Castellón, Paula Carrión, Chris Moss, Michael Hodges, Alastair Parvin, Rob Orchard, Marcus Webb, Simone Baird, Alan Rutter, James Goodman, Rodrigo Bautista, Ande Gregson, Ed Gillespie and the team at Futerra, Mark d’Inverno, Pat Loughrey, Roger Burrows, Emily Richardson, Nicola Perrin, Jonathan Openshaw, Tomas Diez, Areti Markopoulou.

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