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NEW AtlasVideo ► Inside the event: Fixing the future 2019

NEW AtlasVideo ► Inside the event: Fixing the future 2019

“I am the Amazon. Please look after me.” Thought–provoking and emotional, the stirring sound of a 22-year-old afro-indigenous eco-activist from the Brazilian Amazon drumming on a Barcelona stage signified the beating heart and soul of our planet, an urgent need for a new era… and the start of Fixing the future 2019. This year’s event opened

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The cleantech collective keeping our planet cool 🌵

The cleantech collective keeping our planet cool 🌵

For those working to battle climate breakdown, the complexity, uncertainty and scale of its challenges can make any single solution feel insignificant. That’s why the aptly-named Clean + Cool is on a mission to bring together and celebrate a community of cleantech FutureHeroes who share the same vision: relentlessly pursuing the reduction of negative environmental impacts.  “Those working in

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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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💥 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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The FutureHero fighting for ocean justice: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

The FutureHero fighting for ocean justice: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Celebrated ocean conservationist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson knows that caring about the ocean doesn’t just mean thinking about marine ecosystems, but people too. That’s why the invertebrate-loving Brooklynite has made her focus the intersection between ocean conservation, coastal communities and social justice. “There is a home for everyone in this movement – in conservation, climate

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FutureHero Easkey Britton: Surfing the big waves of a sustainability storm

FutureHero Easkey Britton: Surfing the big waves of a sustainability storm

“The environment would be just fine without us – so we really need to take a look at ourselves.” Easkey Britton is an ocean pioneer in so many respects. A multiple championship-winning and big wave surfer. An interdisciplinary academic researcher, driven by a passion for our intimate, interdependent and inextricable relationship with the oceans. A

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Global Climate Strike ► Why I strike: Fridays for Future

Global Climate Strike ► Why I strike: Fridays for Future

This week, the Global Climate Strike will go down in history. On Friday 20 September 2019, the world witnessed the biggest environmental protest the world has ever seen.  In 185 countries, from Kabul, Afghanistan to New Delhi, India, millions of children didn’t turn up to school. Instead they took to the streets to support young climate strikers

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This ‘climate geekess’ FutureHero uses the law to protect the planet

This ‘climate geekess’ FutureHero uses the law to protect the planet

“If you want to do something about climate change, change the politics. Use the system to fight the system.” Imagine being able to say that the Earth is your client. Self-proclaimed ‘climate geekess’ Kirsty Schneeberger is in that humbling position. Honoured at just 25-years-old for services to environmental conservation by the Queen of England, the

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Hip-hop or Shakespeare? Akala comes to Barcelona

Hip-hop or Shakespeare? Akala comes to Barcelona

Join us this Sunday in Barcelona to hear from one of the most articulate voices in British hip-hop at Middle Passage Festival, as Akala kicks off a day of reflections on black culture. The ‘Middle Passage’ is the route taken by ships carrying human beings as cargo from Africa to the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade. The

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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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Dope doodles and dreams: art jumps out of the box

Dope doodles and dreams: art jumps out of the box

… and into gyms, refugee camps and pirate radio. These 8 colourful projects combine art, creative optimism and street smarts from Lombok to Lagos.   1. Togetherness starts with a tee Check out the doodles above by New York-based illustrator Jon Burgerman, with dreamscapes by Emmy-winning artist Mike Perry and Supermundane’s bold lettering. Top street

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FutureHero Tony Lovell: 5 billion hectares of hope

FutureHero Tony Lovell: 5 billion hectares of hope

Cows are often the scape-goats (or scape-cows) for climate change; the methane-burping livestock animals have become confused with our management of them. By giving the animals a more holistic hook, carbon-canny cattle rancher Tony Lovell, co-founder of SLM Australia Livestock Fund, has raised a whopping $100 million to help to regenerate the billions of hectares of damaged

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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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FutureHero Jock Zonfrillo: Australia’s top chef builds database for native flavours

FutureHero Jock Zonfrillo: Australia’s top chef builds database for native flavours

“You’ve got to give back more than you take.” Jock Zonfrillo is going above and beyond in taking Down Under on a journey of Aboriginal food discovery. He’s the Italian-Scottish ‘Mad Max of foraging’ who happily swapped three Michelin-starred kitchens in London for starting a nonprofit in Australia – and then won the prestigious Basque Culinary World Prize

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FutureHero Agamemnon Otero: Dynamo of renewables

FutureHero Agamemnon Otero: Dynamo of renewables

“If you want to be Che Guevara, stop walking around pointing to what’s bad. Want to be a true revolutionary? Rip up the paving slabs, plant a garden and cover your roof in solar panels.” In South London a Uruguayan-born, New York-raised community entrepreneur and artist is tackling fuel poverty with renewables – while catalysing

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Food as a portal into the future: FutureHero Carolyn Steel

Food as a portal into the future: FutureHero Carolyn Steel

Urban visionary Carolyn Steel has captured the public imagination by giving us food as a way to understand how we live our lives and build our cities. With food at the centre of our civilisation, we have a medium to practically design an ideal world for the future and live a good life.  “The shared meal

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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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Video ► 100 ways to solve global warming

Video ► 100 ways to solve global warming

“As we struggle with climate catastrophe, what needs to be addressed is what we do down here.”  – Paul Hawken We must, we can and we will solve the climate crisis. It ain’t looking good. Even half a degree of extra will affect hundreds of millions, decimate corals and intensify heat extremes. But there is hope. Even the darkest

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► WANTED! Translator/ digital content producer: Barcelona

► WANTED! Translator/ digital content producer: Barcelona

Does the future excite you? We have an exciting new opportunity for a Barcelona-based translator/digital content producer – fluent in Catalan, Castellano and English (Catalan or Spanish mother-tongue). About us: Atlas of the Future showcases future-focused, socially impactful people and their projects via online media and offline events. Our mission is democratising the future. We’re

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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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Life, the Zooniverse and everything: AtlasChart Top 5

Life, the Zooniverse and everything: AtlasChart Top 5

You don’t need to be a scientist, researcher or academic to answer our biggest global challenges. That’s the point of Zooniverse – anyone can get involved. The world’s leading citizen science platform brings together people from all walks of life, from all over the world, in people-powered research. All you need is access to the internet to

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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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► 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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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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FutureLeague Hip Hop Caucus: Keeping politics real

FutureLeague Hip Hop Caucus: Keeping politics real

Hip Hop Caucus are using the power of hip hop culture to activate people across America and around the world to be an active part of the civic process and make change happen in their own communities. Hip hop, the Caucus don’t stop – not until everyone feels able to take action and have their voice

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An AtlasChart of the arts: Common Wealth’s Top 3

An AtlasChart of the arts: Common Wealth’s Top 3

“To make social change, we need to be moved – we need to feel something before we take action” – Evie Manning When does art become activism? When it’s a rule breaking, politically charged, radically inclusive theatre company like Common Wealth Theatre, that makes powerful art accessible to all. Rhiannon White and Evie Manning are 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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#CultureFutures: Meet the creators on 28 November!

#CultureFutures: Meet the creators on 28 November!

Because it’s not all about science and tech you know, we’ve been on a mission to map creative and cultural projects for social good. Now it’s time to introduce you to some of those creators fighting for a better future and more imaginative world – in person! Join us at in London at Goldsmiths, University

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AtlasEvent 24 November, London: The Collective City

AtlasEvent 24 November, London: The Collective City

If you’ve taken part in a morning rave, group run or public art experience; if you’ve joined a campaign to improve your neighbourhood or teamed up to better your workplace; if you’ve shared knowledge or data to bring about a change you want to see, you will know the joy and power of the collective.

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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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AtlasEvent 24 November, London: The Collective City

AtlasEvent 24 November, London: The Collective City

If you’ve taken part in a morning rave, group run or public art experience; if you’ve joined a campaign to improve your neighbourhood or teamed up to better your workplace; if you’ve shared knowledge or data to bring about a change you want to see, you will know the joy and power of the collective.

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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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Brazil’s eco-cultural youth activists: Rios de Encontro

Brazil’s eco-cultural youth activists: Rios de Encontro

“The youth are co-creators, coordinators and researchers of everything that Rios de Encontro does.” – Dan Baron Cohen, Co-founder, Rios de Encontro In the small Afro-Indigenous community of Cabelo Seco, Marabá City in Brazil – once known as a ‘no-go favela’ – an arts-as-transformation project in the Amazon is addressing the survival of both the community and our

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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: 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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It’s an economics puppet rap battle! (Yes, really)

It’s an economics puppet rap battle! (Yes, really)

“Not everybody wants to work for money on a platter. Sometimes we do things just because they matter.” An economist, a songwriter and a puppet-maker walked into a recording studio. What do you think came out?… We love a surprising collaboration, but didn’t see this one coming: animatronic-loving puppet designer Emma Powell, musician Simon Panrucker and renegade

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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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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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Videos ► What is ‘cleantech’? – and other LA stories

Videos ► What is ‘cleantech’? – and other LA stories

In an era of rising environmental awareness, cleantech has become the fastest-growing technology sector in the world. And sunny California loves it. That’s why they buy more electric cars and do more recycling than any place else. So what is ‘cleantech’? At its simplest, it’s any technology that helps a more efficient use of natural resources. We travelled

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FutureHero Steve Rader: NASA, Mars – and you

FutureHero Steve Rader: NASA, Mars – and you

The things NASA want to do next are “really, really hard”. That’s why Steve Rader – NASA’s Deputy Manager for the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation – appreciates the way the space agency harnesses people power and diversity. We circumnavigated the mighty Saturn V rocket with the crowdsourcing evangelist to find out about NASA’s current challenges – and The Martian.

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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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FC Barcelona and the rise of the fan-run football club

FC Barcelona and the rise of the fan-run football club

Football is the biggest sport in the world with an estimated 3.5 billion fans, but as the average fan is being increasingly priced out and disregarded, several football teams are striving to do things their way. Liverpool-based Jack Atkins donned his scarf to find out more about community-run football… If boxing is the ‘sport of

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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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AtlasQ&A Dan Barber ► 6 questions for a food FutureHero

AtlasQ&A Dan Barber ► 6 questions for a food FutureHero

From culinary creativity and food fads to a dystopian future soil crisis, friends of the Atlas ask Dan Barber – Blue Hill chef and co-founder of Row 7 Seed Company – their burning questions…    1. Ande Gregson, founder of GreenLab, an experimental space in London for urban agriculture: “Is urban agriculture future or fad?

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Video ► Inside the event: Fixing the future

Video ► Inside the event: Fixing the future

Ever travelled back to the future? Well, you’re about to. Strap in, because we’re transporting you into the heart of Barcelona’s ramshackle old town, to within the sleek white and glass walls of its modern CCCB cultural centre – and smack bang into our very first AtlasEvent, Fixing the future … via the medium of video. It’s

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FutureHero Dan Barber: The chef planting hope

FutureHero Dan Barber: The chef planting hope

To read The Third Plate is not only to take an extraordinary journey in the company of chef and writer Dan Barber. It is to be a guest at the birth of a brilliant and important idea. His travels, investigations, reading and thinking go beyond an exploration of what ails our food systems – and

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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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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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Atlas of the Future presents ► Event videos with Meaning

Atlas of the Future presents ► Event videos with Meaning

It takes a special combo of people and ideas to make an event what it is, not just on stage, but everyone involved. Having just caught our breath after our first event Fixing the future, we have newfound appreciation for those of you putting on some of our favourite congresses, like Maker Faire, Vevolution, OFFF

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Video ► Why you should ❤️ carbon

Video ► Why you should ❤️ carbon

How do we tackle climate change whilst maintaining a healthy economy? Just ask carbon. In the third of our three-part video series for the United Nations Global Compact with the ‘Godfather of modern sustainability’ – John Elkington – we explore the wonderful world of C with some of the world’s leading innovators and thinkers. Considered a dirty

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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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► Ready Player One: the future is already here

► Ready Player One: the future is already here

In the 1980s, sci-fi prophet William Gibson coined the term ‘cyberspace’ to describe a consensual hallucination created by millions of computers that we can jack into. By 2003 the visionary had warned: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Even though we are optimists at the Atlas, we’re also big fans of dystopian

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Fixing the future: Adventures in a better tomorrow

Fixing the future: Adventures in a better tomorrow

Are you ready for the good, the bad and the ugly? Here’s the bad news: the world is broken. The good? This lot can help us fix it. And now for the ugly: it’s going to get messy. Luckily there are plenty of people who are happy to get stuck in. Having now mapped over

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The Future is Female: 11 kick ass role models

The Future is Female: 11 kick ass role models

As a women-led editorial team, we’re that happy to hear that female empowerment is firmly on the agenda right now. So we’re introducing you to 11 of our favourite female FutureHeroes who turn it up to 11, starting with the real life inspiration for ‘Charlie’ in arguably one of the best films of the 80s… Top Gun!   ⚡ 1. Real

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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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Adventures with FutureHero Gaia Vince in The Age of Humans

Adventures with FutureHero Gaia Vince in The Age of Humans

This year it will be ten years since environmental journalist and broadcaster Gaia Vince began her 900-day journey around the world to take stock of humanity’s impact on the planet. Back then she never expected to see the important changes now happening globally – the explosion of renewable energy production, the rise of electric vehicles, tariffs

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FutureHero Nelly Ben Hayoun: Designing the impossible

FutureHero Nelly Ben Hayoun: Designing the impossible

Faster-talking than the speed of light, louder than a sonic boom and sparkier than a volcano, extreme ‘experience designer’ Nelly Ben Hayoun has simulated all of the above. The hyperreal world is her disaster playground. From the safety of her East London pad, the French space enthusiast catapults us through her flights of fancy-made-real – including

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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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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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FutureHero Marco A. Attisani: Supercomputer creator

FutureHero Marco A. Attisani: Supercomputer creator

If you’re responsible for creating the “biggest solar powered computer in world” and it’s capable of delivering three fundamental services – clean water, electricity and the Internet – to the developing world, then you’ve probably got high ambitions. A generator that can supply a hat trick of the pillars of modern civilisation, Watly harvests the sun’s

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Video ► Agamemnon Otero gives power to the people

Video ► Agamemnon Otero gives power to the people

In South London a ‘renewable dynamo’ is tackling fuel poverty with renewable power – while showing the true democratic involvement of people power in the energy system. In the UK the number of small-scale energy systems has jumped from a few thousand to over half a million – in part down to the Uruguayan-born, New York-raised community entrepreneur

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Un dia ‘fixing the future’ amb l’Atlas del Futur

Un dia ‘fixing the future’ amb l’Atlas del Futur

Coneix deu ments brillants que estan canviant el món! Tenen en comú que han trobat solucions a reptes globals que semblava que no en tenien i les han posat en pràctica. Són, doncs, “arregladors” del futur que per primera vegada es trobaran a Barcelona el dimarts 13 de març a la jornada ‘Fixing the Future adventures in

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FutureHero Mark Stevenson: Stories from the future

FutureHero Mark Stevenson: Stories from the future

There is no better time to reboot our world than right now, which means there is no better time to read the two bestselling books by ‘reluctant futurist’ Mark Stevenson. The pragmatic optimist tells stories of people doing things differently to meet humanity’s challenges in innovative and surprising ways. Part of a subset of people who think differently, Stevenson

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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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Happy text-day! 9 ways your phone makes life better 

Happy text-day! 9 ways your phone makes life better 

We’re big fans of simple tech that makes things better. While mobile Internet rapidly becomes a primary source of knowledge, not everyone is connected. But SMS, the default messaging tool in parts of the developing world, still only requires simple feature phones. Last weekend the millennial ‘Short Message Service’ (it used to be very short!) turned

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FutureHero Dr. Knatokie Ford: Wonder Woman of STEM

FutureHero Dr. Knatokie Ford: Wonder Woman of STEM

Biomedical scientist, South Central Los Angeles teacher, Obama White House Senior Policy Advisor, creative science communicator and #BlackGirlMagic ambassador; you would never know that Dr. Knatokie Ford was once a “shy girl” who had to learn to deal with confidence issues. But she did, and made her way from Harvard University onto the White House and

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AtlasChart: 5 easy ways to be a changemaker

AtlasChart: 5 easy ways to be a changemaker

Did you know you can change the world in your spare time, in your gym kit, your pyjamas, or simply by geeking out online? If you want to make a difference, it’s easy to fit being a changemaker into a life that may already feel frantic and busy. We love a feelgood project that helps

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Competition: Cities for a Flying World

Competition: Cities for a Flying World

What do Uber flying cars, Hoversurf drone taxis, Amazon’s giant mothership zeppelin, the Soviet city in the sky and these visions of high-elevation life have in common? Apart from being visionary proposals that are hard to distinguish from science fiction, they are also inspiration for ‘Cities for a Flying World’ – an international competition launched in May 2017 by Shukhov Lab (from the HSE

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Video ► BuffaloGrid is connecting the next billion

Video ► BuffaloGrid is connecting the next billion

“When you need a doctor, you phone someone, when you are in trouble, you phone someone. If you want to find out the prices for your crops in the nearest market, you phone someone.” Mobile phones are increasing their penetration, but it’s common for farmers in rural India or Africa to travel for hours to reach

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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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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 ► 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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AtlasEvent 3 Oct, Madrid: How to reboot the world

AtlasEvent 3 Oct, Madrid: How to reboot the world

Next week the Atlas team heads to Madrid for the Spanish book launch of Mark Stevenson’s We Do Things Differently – which chronicles his travels across four continents to visiting the ordinary folk behind amazing innovations in healthcare, energy, food, water and education. “Whether it’s governance and political systems that live by division, even as we become more connected world,

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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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Video ► Do you speak carbon?

Video ► Do you speak carbon?

Today carbon is considered a dirty word; consigned to dirt, dust, something that’s in the air, something that is dark. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Taking many forms, from diamonds to exhalation of CO2 as a gas, carbon can be used for good. And that’s the idea behind Carbon Productivity. As we struggle with climate catastrophe, this remarkable

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Video ► John Elkington: Grit in the corporate oyster

Video ► John Elkington: Grit in the corporate oyster

John Elkington wants to take sustainability exponential. No pigeon steps on his watch. As a pioneer of the sustainability movement for over 30 years (since before the concept was born), the prolific author and Chairman/ ‘Chief Pollinator’ of think tank and advisory firm Volans is responsible for coining the well-loved business phrases ‘breakthrough capitalism‘ and ‘triple bottom line‘ (people, planet,

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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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Video ► Andrew McAfee: This is the warm-up act

Video ► Andrew McAfee: This is the warm-up act

Tech progress is changing the world in profound ways and letting us do more with less. Industries from communications to education to health care are being transformed, and technological barriers are falling. Acclaimed MIT Professor Andrew McAfee feels fortunate to have a front row seat to watch the “next industrial revolution unfold”. As principal research scientist, the self-described “wannabe

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FutureHero Adam Clarke: The wonderful Wizard of Minecraft

FutureHero Adam Clarke: The wonderful Wizard of Minecraft

Move over Harry Potter, there’s a cooler wizard around, and he’s got blocks and pigments up his sleeves. Wizard Keen (AKA Adam Clarke) teaches people how to experience art, culture and politics like never before. Through Wonder Quest and the creation of some of the most innovative Minecraft maps out there, the artist and digital producer proves video games are the perfect tool to

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Trust this AtlasChart: Paul Armstrong’s Block Rockin’ Top 5

Trust this AtlasChart: Paul Armstrong’s Block Rockin’ Top 5

Upsetting banks and big businesses worldwide, Blockchain is a global online database that anyone with an internet connection can use. Though the technology seems steeped in jargon and mystery, it has the power to reshape our world beyond finance – with a lot to offer healthcare, identity and ownership. So it’s time to understand it. Best described as

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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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Surf, skate, liberate: Skateistan’s AtlasChart Top 5

Surf, skate, liberate: Skateistan’s AtlasChart Top 5

Still one of the most popular projects on the Atlas (it fills us – and so many others – with joy), Skateistan started as an Afghan NGO providing skateboarding and education for youth empowerment. Flip forward a decade and it’s a worldwide phenomenon – using the power of skate to liberate in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Skateboarding is

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