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

Silvia Brandi

IAAC General Manager
@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.

Barcelona

Mariona A. Ciller

Tech Event Curator
@mariondita

Mariona loves hardware and interfaces. The web designer, coder and cool hunter has clients such as NASA, Inditex, Budweiser, Maxim Magazine and Carnegie Mellon. When not organising science and tech events for Google, MIT, Barcelona City Hall, la Caixa Foundation and Smashing Conference, she designs workshops with kids in an old chocolate factory she calls home.

Barcelona

Eleanor Ford

Innovation Director
@elliehford

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.

London

Vicente Guallart

Architect. Chairman of the advisory board
@vicenteguallart

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.

Barcelona

Annette Mees

Artist and Creative Director
@annettemees

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.

London

Cassie Robinson

Social Pioneer
@cassierobinson

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.

London

Meet the team

Cathy Runciman

Co-founder
@CathyRunciman

As MD of Time Out International, the globetrotter helped launch media businesses in 37 cities from Accra to Zagreb, and founded publishing projects from Paris to Buenos Aires. Now advising openDemocracy, and on the boards of Makerversity and Goldsmiths University, these days she is happy to travel the future via the Atlas, rather than Boeing 747.

London

Lisa Goldapple

Editor-in-chief/ Producer
@LisaGoldapple

Strange fruit who likes to speak human. After decades of writing scripts and producing for MTV, National Geographic and The Creators Project, and writing disgraceful autobiographical short stories (under the guise of fiction) for Dazed & Confused, Sabotage Times and HERO Magazine, the storytelling adventurer hopes that showcasing the people doing “really good stuff” will rub off – on everyone.

Barcelona and London

Mark Stevenson

Futurenaut
@Optimistontour
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.
London

Ed Gillespie

Futurenaut
@frucool

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.

London

Oriol Soler

Co-founder
@OriolSoler

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.

Barcelona

Arnau Grinyó

Co-founder
@ArnauGrinyo

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.

Barcelona

Forma & Co

Design and Development
@formaandco

The Barcelona-based graphic design studio has worked in branding, illustration and communication projects with international clients such as Dell, Médecins Sans Frontières, Nike, Barcelona City Council and Coca-Cola. Their fun vibe and colourful approach bridges the gap between the world we live in today and the one we want to live in tomorrow.

Barcelona

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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