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Atlas of the Future presents: Fixing the Future 2021

Atlas of the Future presents: Fixing the Future 2021

We are beyond thrilled to announce that our festival of hope, surprise, and inspiration is back in Barcelona this December. In fact, we’re so excited that we’ve gone a bit overboard with the programme — expect more speakers, more activities, more screenings, and more surprises! ► Get the programme, speakers, and updates directly in your

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⛲ Urban Nature: Take a stroll through the theatre of the future

⛲  Urban Nature: Take a stroll through the theatre of the future

💬   “A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.” – Patrick Geddes The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) recently unveiled their latest installation, Urban Nature, a “walk-through film” that invites the public to become performers in a make-believe cityscape. We recruited actress Andrea Tivadar to put

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🌎Notes from a wild ride: Our Fixing the Future Nature Talks logbook

🌎Notes from a wild ride: Our Fixing the Future Nature Talks logbook

In July, we embarked on a wild journey around our planet. We met weekly for our virtual Fixing the Future Nature Talks, a free online event that brought together activists and conservation heroes, storytellers and adventurers, and all of our Atlas community to answer one question: how can we live in harmony with the earth?

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⚡ Saving migratory species across the globe: meet FutureHero Sacha Dench

⚡ Saving migratory species across the globe: meet FutureHero Sacha Dench

Daring conservationist, biologist and adventurer Sacha Dench, a.k.a the “human swan”, is saving migratory species one awe-inspiring expedition at a time. A free-diving and aviation champion, Sacha uses her public platform to raise awareness about biodiversity loss and climate change. After flying from Arctic Russia to the UK following the migration of wild swans in

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⚡ The Indigenous communities creating a conservation-based economy: meet FutureHero Christine Smith-Martin

⚡ The Indigenous communities creating a conservation-based economy: meet FutureHero Christine Smith-Martin

Located on Canada’s Pacific Coast, an alliance of First Nations is working to protect the ecosystems of an area that holds one quarter of the remaining coastal temperate rainforest left on the planet, known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative, or CFN as it’s referred to, was established about

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► Atlas of the Future presents Fixing the Future 2021: Nature talks

► Atlas of the Future presents Fixing the Future 2021: Nature talks

Join us from 6 – 27 July 2021 for our second online edition of ‘Fixing the Future’: Nature talks, a series of conversations with pioneers who are rethinking humanity’s relationship with nature. After the success of the 2020 edition on the future of education, Fixing the future is back – still online and free –

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The best chance of hope through art: Good Chance

The best chance of hope through art: Good Chance

“Talent is not geographical,” Good Chance’s new Artistic Director Amir Nizar Zuabi tells us – and he should know. The award-winning Palestinian theatre-maker and playwright has made shows in his country which transferred internationally and created work in Europe, such as I am Yusuf and This is my Brother made while Associate Director at The Young Vic, using his experience

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🌱 A masterclass in modern farming: 23 ways agriculture can save the world

🌱 A masterclass in modern farming: 23 ways agriculture can save the world

“The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.” – Will Rogers It’s difficult to sum up the challenge we’re all facing. Our planet is on the brink, this much you know. Our capacity to innovate must (emphasis there on must) outweigh the degradation we’ve been causing for decades. And

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Cultivating collaborations 🌱 Farming month at the Atlas

Cultivating collaborations 🌱 Farming month at the Atlas

Welcome to the Farming month. Six years of researching and publishing the people and projects out there working hard to build a better tomorrow has taught us many things here at Atlas of the Future. One of those is that collaboration is the water that floats our boat. And as we search for our next

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⚡ Fixing fashion’s broken business model: meet FutureHero Javier Goyeneche

⚡ Fixing fashion’s broken business model: meet FutureHero Javier Goyeneche

“I always tell kids the same thing: the future has not yet been written.” Javier Goyeneche believes that children are the future. He was inspired by the birth of his sons to launch a sustainable clothing company that wouldn’t use natural resources in the extractive and wasteful manner of most fashion brands. That company, EcoAlf,

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⚡ Championing conversation and cultural sustainability in fashion: meet FutureHero Samata Pattinson

⚡ Championing conversation and cultural sustainability in fashion: meet FutureHero Samata Pattinson

“If we don’t know what we’re saying to each other how can we move forward on a shared path?” Samata Pattinson is a British-born Ghanaian entrepreneur, whose head, heart and hands are busy at the intersection of business and design in an industry in need of urgent transformation. The fashion sector is becoming as famous

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🔝 AtlasChart: 4 companies cleaning up colour

🔝 AtlasChart: 4 companies cleaning up colour

Look down at your shirt. Have you ever considered where or how it got its colour? Unfortunately, dyeing is one of the most harmful steps of the clothes-making process. The amount of water it uses is a strain on natural resources and the chemicals from synthetic dyes have catastrophic effects on land and air. Often,

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🚀 Voyage from Barcelona to the Red Planet

🚀  Voyage from Barcelona to the Red Planet

🔴  “We are not alone in the universe. The irrational thing is to believe that we are.” – Juan Insua  Mars has always seduced us. Since the earliest civilisations, the Red Planet has been a metaphor and a source of inspiration for humankind. Perhaps it’s because we see in it a mirror of ourselves – our

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► WANTED: English-language Editor for Atlas of the Future

► WANTED: English-language Editor for Atlas of the Future

Atlas of the Future is looking for a new Editor to take the helm of managing production of our English-language content. Our Editor will be a brilliant writer, passionate about better futures for all. Responsibilities include feature writing and interviews, reviewing and editing articles, and managing day-to-day editorial operations and communication. At Atlas of the

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⚡ The power of cultural arts: meet FutureHero Jordi Costa

⚡ The power of cultural arts: meet FutureHero Jordi Costa

“Museums that involve citizens are the future.” Jordi Costa is the writer, filmmaker and cultural critic behind the exhibitions at Barcelona’s CCCB, one of Europe’s most diverse, important and creative cultural arts centres.  The cinema-loving curator was appointed Head of the Exhibition Department of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona in September 2019; that is, just a

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⚡ Goodbye Atlas, hello world: A sign-off from our Editor

⚡ Goodbye Atlas, hello world: A sign-off from our Editor

15 things that have given me joy as Editor of Atlas of the Future Yes, it’s officially time for me to lift-off. After six wonder-filled years journeying around the world thanks to the stellar innovations of people creating better futures, I’m jumping spaceship onto my next adventure. But before I get carried away with spacey

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⚡ 21 kick ass women we need in 2021

⚡ 21 kick ass women we need in 2021

These are the women who make us realise that the future is not as f* as you think… As a women-led team, don’t 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, this 8 March does give us an excuse to

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💧A deep dive into the Mediterranean: 16 solutions to its water troubles

💧A deep dive into the Mediterranean: 16 solutions to its water troubles

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein They might surround a big sea, but the continents around the Mediterranean have always had a problem with access to water resources. The aqua-troubled region is one of the most vulnerable areas on planet Earth

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🚀 A journey through joy & impact: Around the world from A to Z

🚀 A journey through joy & impact: Around the world from A to Z

What links Arcade Fire, lab-grown chicken burgers, the rare white Arabian oryx, masks made from plastic waste and the circular economy? We’re closing a tough year and starting a fresh one with a trip around the world, travelling from Afghanistan to Zambia in a gorgeous reminder of what’s good – a mix of meaningful innovations, excellent examples of resilience and things

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🔴 Watch all the videos: Fixing the Future 2020 Education

🔴 Watch all the videos: Fixing the Future 2020 Education

It’s been a rough and challenging year, but the good news is that societal problems can be solved by humanity itself – which means that learning has never been more important. When it comes to education, 2020 has been full of realisations about the extent to which empathy and ethics matter for society and the role that technology

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⚡ Creating new narratives for Black millennials: meet FutureHero Aaron Samuels

⚡ Creating new narratives for Black millennials: meet FutureHero Aaron Samuels

“The vision for Blavity is a world in which all Black people are happy.” Aaron Samuels’ life is a tale of intersections: he is Black and Jewish, a published poet and nationally acclaimed performer as well as a Forbes 30 Under 30 rising star entrepreneur, and also a builder of community in both the real

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🔝 A Human AtlasChart of an American City: 5 remarkable stories from Detroit

🔝 A Human AtlasChart of an American City: 5 remarkable stories from Detroit

“The purpose of ‘A Human Atlas’ is really simple – to inspire a new generation to co-author their lives, not in the shadow of those who came before, but in honour of them.” British artist Marcus Lyon is so passionate about social change that he’s devoted years to creating books and exhibitions in celebration of the people making

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🎙️ New podcast series: How to survive the future by Jon Richardson & the Futurenauts

🎙️ New podcast series: How to survive the future by Jon Richardson & the Futurenauts

“Are killer death robots from the future already among us?” That’s the sort of question you can expect from the Atlas’s very own in-house ‘Futurenauts’. Sounds dark, but optimism outweighs the cynicism in this quick-witted new podcast series about the things that keep us all awake at night. Top selling author and futurist Mark Stevenson and leading sustainability expert Ed

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AtlasChart 🔝 Common Wealth Theatre: 5 places art becomes activism

AtlasChart 🔝 Common Wealth Theatre: 5 places art becomes activism

“Humans are amazing, especially in times of struggle, but to make social change, we need to be moved.” Two theatre-troublemakers are breaking all the rules with their radically inclusive female-led theatre collective. Rhiannon White and Evie Manning have created Common Wealth Theatre to breathe life into stories by taking theatre out of the theatre – smashing right through the middle

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🔝 AtlasChart Kiran Bir Sethi: Around India in 5 social projects

🔝 AtlasChart Kiran Bir Sethi: Around India in 5 social projects

“Education is the only way to democratise opportunities and understand freedom, equity, love and compassion.” As we continue our hunt for the most inspiring projects around the world, we asked Kiran Bir Sethi – the design guru who founded India’s top school, Riverside School, and one of the world’s largest movements for change, Design for Change

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► Atlas of the Future presents Fixing the Future 2020: Education edition

► Atlas of the Future presents Fixing the Future 2020: Education edition

Join us for a special online edition of ‘Fixing the future’ from 29 October-10 December 2020, as the future of education is explained by seven of the world’s most inspiring experts. After the success of the 2018 and 2019 editions, Fixing the future is back – now online and free – to explore the future of

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🔝 AtlasChart David Price: 5 schools doing things differently

🔝 AtlasChart David Price: 5 schools doing things differently

This month, Atlas of the Future has been swotting up, dedicating ourselves to spotting and showcasing the most inspiring education projects around the world. So we asked global thought leader David Price to take us on a tour of schools that show how to do things differently. “I’ve chosen five very different examples of schools”, he tells us “but what they have in common

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⚡ The power of a future-fit education: meet FutureHero David Price 

⚡ The power of a future-fit education: meet FutureHero David Price 

David Price wants us to be curious in today’s digitally connected world. We can solve wicked problems with learning culture.

⚡ A bright future is possible: meet FutureHero Eduard Vallory

⚡ A bright future is possible: meet FutureHero Eduard Vallory

“To change the world, we need to change the people who will change it.” Social analyst and world scout guru Eduard Vallory wants us to take advantage of the current health crisis to rethink the education system – although he is convinced that before the pandemic, the system was already weakening. President of the UNESCO Centre

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The race is on to reimagine fashion

The race is on to reimagine fashion

The problem of fast fashion is – by its nature – accelerating quickly. In the UK alone, people are purchasing five times as many clothes as they did in the 1980s, and the global fashion industry is now responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions. But on the rise, too, is the number of ideas

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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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New content channel! This is #FashionFutures

New content channel! This is #FashionFutures

Today we are launching the call for our new content channel, #FashionFutures. We’re asking for your help to hear about the designers, craftspeople, social innovators, educators and communicators who are transforming our broken fashion system. The challenge is truly urgent – we know what is at risk and we cannot turn away.  “When it comes to the

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Cameroon’s protector of the oceans: FutureHero Ismaël Ebone ⚡

Cameroon’s protector of the oceans: FutureHero Ismaël Ebone ⚡

“I have a deep desire to make Africa a better place.” From its volcanoes to its tropical rainforests, Cameroon is one of the most biodiverse countries in Africa. Often considered the ‘second lungs of the earth’, the Congo Basin boasts a beautiful coastline, mountains, savanna, desert and tropical rainforests – and endangered species like bonobos,

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► Atlas of the Future presents: Living and creating in the ‘Department of Dreams’

► Atlas of the Future presents:  Living and creating in the ‘Department of Dreams’

As part of Civic Square’s Department of Dreams project, on 22 June 2020 we will be offering a half day of talks during the Re_Festival: focused on hope for a collective brighter future. In each session you will hear about their work and have an opportunity to ask questions and be part of the discussion

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Meet the fashion mavericks: FutureHeroes Kate Fletcher & Mathilda Tham

Meet the fashion mavericks: FutureHeroes Kate Fletcher & Mathilda Tham

Fashion can put the Earth first. Two academic activists prove how – in a bold new plan. The clothes we wear allow us to express our identity, individuality and creativity, and fashion often plays with fantasy to stunning effect. A darker fantasy lurks within the fashion industry, however: the fantasy of never-ending growth on a

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► Make my May! 31 Editor’s Picks for a spring spent at home

► Make my May! 31 Editor’s Picks for a spring spent at home

Welcome to Groundhog May. In most parts of the world May is a time of joy, when everything seems possible; spring has sprung, swifts and swallows swoop, trees blossom and buds open (in my case, chilli plants). And the birds and bees go for it.  While this spring will be remembered as the one where everything

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‘Back to the true source’: guest post by farmer Abby Rose

‘Back to the true source’: guest post by farmer Abby Rose

 “It has become crystal clear that food is one of the most valuable things in our lives.” Abby Rose was named one of ’50 New Radicals’ by The Guardian and Nesta in 2018 for her work as co-creator of Farmerama Radio, an award-winning podcast sharing the voices behind regenerative farming, and as co-founder of Vidacycle, developing simple apps that

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Get ‘outside’ with the Wonderful Wizard of Minecraft: FutureHero Adam Clarke ⚡

Get ‘outside’ with the Wonderful Wizard of Minecraft: FutureHero Adam Clarke ⚡

Think adults don’t play Minecraft? Think again. Games help solve society’s challenges. Minecraft is a lot more than the biggest video game in the world, with a community of nearly half a billion players. Set inside a map made up of virtual blocks, it’s a game of possibilities that has become a global pop phenomenon, an educational tool

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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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► Home alone together: 33 things to read, watch, listen & chill out to

► Home alone together: 33 things to read, watch, listen & chill out to

Good news: Kindness has gone viral. OK, things are definitely weird now that we’re inside for the foreseeable. But on the plus side, the coronavirus outbreak’s crowning glory is a digital tidal wave of sharing, collaboration, mutual support and entertainment.  Volunteering sites like Invisible hands are quickly mobilising communities to pull together to deliver supplies

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5 innovations that prove real heroes wear scrubs ⚡

5 innovations that prove real heroes wear scrubs ⚡

If ever there was a time to get innovative, it’s now. While Tuesday saw World Health Day give respect and support to the people protecting our lives around the world, we all know that all the claps in the world will never be enough. So do everyone a favour: stay at home and read these five amazing innovations from

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You can help reverse extinction: guest post by John Elkington

You can help reverse extinction: guest post by John Elkington

Something wicked this way comes, but then a lab comes along to challenge it… Known to many as the ‘Godfather of sustainability’, John Elkington has been interested in conservation and challenge prizes for decades. That’s why the serial entrepreneur is on the board of Conservation X Labs, a nonprofit tech company that spurs bold, unconventional solutions to

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Love in the time of corona: stories of hope & action

Love in the time of corona: stories of hope & action

It’s time to work together. It’s time to think creatively. And it’s time to be useful. That’s why we’re collating your stories of real action and resilience in the face of crisis.  This is an accumulative list of the projects rapidly popping up all round the world with one thing in common: facing the coronavirus

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When hugs are banned: guest post by Maff Potts

When hugs are banned: guest post by Maff Potts

Maff Potts is the founder of Camerados – a growing social movement in the UK that has a simple, but powerful approach: “looking out for each other”.  Who would have thought we’d live in a world where hugs are discouraged, or handshakes, or spending time together? (Surely Netflix have taken it too far by creating a high concept series

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🎬 How to save our planet: 5 nature experts break it down🌱

🎬 How to save our planet: 5 nature experts break it down🌱

Do you want to help prevent a mass extinction? Then read on, because nature is crying out for help and it’s essential to all the things we need to survive – and to thrive.  ‘Biodiversity’ simply means the variety of life on earth. It’s not just about the polar bears and koalas, but the whole ecosystem.

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🎥 From city to forest: 6 projects for social good in Catalonia

🎥 From city to forest: 6 projects for social good in Catalonia

Join us as we journey around Catalonia exploring six projects with social impact – from the city of Barcelona to the forests and wine country in Bages. We visit an old mill that uses new tech to create superfoods, wine castles in the forest, an aspiring energy self-sufficient village and the STEM ‘TecnoGirls’. Videos produced with Diputació

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FutureHero Dr. Knatokie Ford: Wonder Woman of STEM

FutureHero Dr. Knatokie Ford: Wonder Woman of STEM

“I am a scientist. I am a strategist. And I am a black woman.”   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.

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► WANTED: Content creator for Atlas of the Future (Barcelona)

► WANTED: Content creator for Atlas of the Future (Barcelona)

Atlas of the Future is growing. Join the team! We have an exciting new job opportunity for a Barcelona-based digital media content creator/editorial assistant – fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English.    About us ► Atlas of the Future is a joyous resource of hope – an online map of inspirational stories about the people dedicated to solving our

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AtlasVideo ► Inside the event: Fixing the future 2019

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

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 powerful advocate for diverse voices and an intuitive seeker of deeper, embodied truths about connection, meaning and purpose.  “The

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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 2018, a

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FutureHero Agamemnon Otero: Dynamo of renewables

FutureHero Agamemnon Otero: Dynamo of renewables

“Want to be a revolutionary? Rip up paving slabs, plant gardens & 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 the true democratisation of the energy system through people power. In the UK the number of small-scale energy

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Food as a portal into the future: FutureHero Carolyn Steel

Food as a portal into the future: FutureHero Carolyn Steel

Guest post by Jonathan Minchin 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

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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

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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 its 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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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”. There is a misconception NASA is concerned only with space, but they constantly collaborate with the greatest minds in biology and astronomy, and data experts – and are increasingly using crowdsourcing to come up with innovative solutions to hard problems. They were even responsible

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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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