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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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► 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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► 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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FutureHero Carlo Ratti: The Choral Architect

FutureHero Carlo Ratti: The Choral Architect

As more and more sensors, electronics and data radically transform the way we understand cities, Carlo Ratti makes dazzling interactive environments from the information we create – like our phone calls and the garbage we throw out – to create surprising visualisations of city life. Known as ‘The Choral Architect’, he senses the future of architecture as collaborative; with design intervening at the

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New podcast ► Atlas co-founder Cathy Runciman

New podcast ► Atlas co-founder Cathy Runciman

This week in Barcelona we celebrated over a cava (or many) that The Futurenauts are now officially part of the Atlas! In this special ‘strong and stable’ show, Mark and Ed interview Cathy Runciman, Atlas of the Future co-founder and former MD of Time Out International. Listen ► Feel the joy as Cathy talks about the most creative Atlas project and the most

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AtlasEvent 8 May, London: Mapping the Possible

AtlasEvent 8 May, London: Mapping the Possible

Atlas of the Future aims to ‘Democratise the Future‘ by raising the profiles of the people and projects creating a better world. In this lunchtime talk at Shoreditch House, co-founder Cathy Runciman will share the story of the Atlas and introduce her favourite projects from around the globe – from the skateboarders liberating girls in Afghanistan and

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10 years of Fab Lab BCN: 10 projects that change everything

10 years of Fab Lab BCN: 10 projects that change everything

In March 2017, Fab Lab Barcelona celebrated ten years of innovation, participation, digital manufacturing, technology and creation with a big birthday fiesta at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Over the last decade, the centre has helped people around the world to locally conceptualise, design, develop and fabricate, with a focus on truly world-changing open and accessible technologies. So

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14 ways you can make 2017 better

14 ways you can make 2017 better

As the world turns upside down and unhinged becomes the new normal, we want to provide some positivity from within the deep divisions of 2016. Take comfort. The world is better than you think. From Silicon Valley to Bulambuli Valley, social entrepreneurs are tackling the world’s most difficult problems. Technology is being democratised, access to education is causing global

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Best of the Atlas 2016… so far

Best of the Atlas 2016… so far

This year might have had its dark times, but there are many reasons to get excited. From the Faroe Islands to Patagonia, 2016 has seen the Atlas travel far and wide to bring you projects that democratise the future. Thanks to your suggestions and innovations, over the last six months we’ve explored sex hacks and exposed fast fashion; shone a light on projects bringing

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“The Internet was like a movie trailer. It tells you a lot about the main feature.”

“The Internet was like a movie trailer. It tells you a lot about the main feature.”

The Atlas of the Future team is humbled by the turnout of over 160 people who fought their way through Barcelona’s unusually rainy streets for last week’s AtlasEvent with Mark Stevenson – ‘The future and what to do about it‘. Catalonia’s leading newspaper La Vanguardia was also in attendance and chatted with the futurologist, who knows that the only way we can

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AtlasEvent: Mark Stevenson – The future and what to do about it

AtlasEvent: Mark Stevenson – The future and what to do about it

We’re proud to invite you to the first Atlas of the Future event. On Tuesday 10 May, FutureHero Mark Stevenson will take us on an optimistic tour of the future and the challenges humankind faces – at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona. (Sceptics and pessimists, you’re invited too.) The pragmatic optimist

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AtlasChart Helena Puig Larrauri: A peacetech Top 5

AtlasChart Helena Puig Larrauri: A peacetech Top 5

Spreading a message of “You can do it!” all around the world, peacebuilding practitioner Helena Puig Larrauri facilitates projects through technology – from filmmaking on the Sudan-South Sudan border to polling think tanks in Somalia. When it comes to tech, the Valenciana doesn’t want people to be scared to be amateurs: “Face the future. Believe you can do it and get to it.” Over a

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VR, kind robots and refugee tech

VR, kind robots and refugee tech

A lot of staring at screens happens at Mobile World Congress – whether tapping away at your own rapidly depreciating handset, ogling smarter ones, deciphering the agenda, or (in my case) simply trying to download the app that gets you a free coffee. ‘Mobile Is Everything’. The clue is in the slogan, but Barcelona’s MWC isn’t just about mobiles. Amid

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Are you the future? The Atlas is hiring!

Are you the future? The Atlas is hiring!

Atlas of the Future is looking for a dynamic and results-driven Community Manager based in Barcelona to develop and execute an exciting social media strategy. We map innovative, future-focused, socially impactful projects and people around the world and our mission is to ‘democratise the future’. This means making sure developments are understandable and entertaining – not

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Mesh networks: A parallel internet

Mesh networks: A parallel internet

Connectivity has been top of the agenda at Mobile World Congress this year and Facebook’s new project, announced at the Congress, aims to bring millions more people online. While Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Elon Musk might be scrambling to connect the world using balloons, drones and satellites, people living in underserved areas are already building their own networks without the help

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The power of the crowd

The power of the crowd

We are better equipped than at any time previously to harness the problem-solving abilities of our fellow citizens through digital tools and community led projects. The growing movement of people-powered innovation taps into the potential of our greatest assets – the ideas and life experiences of ordinary people. A positive example of technology at the service

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Best of the Atlas 2015

Best of the Atlas 2015

From a Noah’s Ark of seeds and American Idol for rural farmers to 3D printing prosthetics in conflict zones and igloo orphanages on skis, this year has seen hundreds of projects mapped on the Atlas from Syria to the North Pole. We’re celebrating the end of 2015 and looking to the future by ranking our favourite 16.  So get your

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Atlas London Launch: Makerversity, Somerset House

Atlas London Launch: Makerversity, Somerset House

There’s more to the historic Somerset House than courtyard concerts, dancing fountains and London’s most iconic Christmas ice rink. In its cellars you can find Makerversity, a pioneering community of emerging maker businesses and producers kickstarting the third industrial revolution within its hidden fabrication spaces. Which makes it the perfect location for the first ever (physical) meeting of the Atlas advisory

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Postcard from: The place beyond the pines

Postcard from: The place beyond the pines

In the late 18th century a small group of remarkable friends met at a house outside Birmingham, UK, got blind drunk and applied themselves to the problems of the age. Between the writers, intellectuals, scientists and industrialists they discovered oxygen, harnessed steam power, pioneered the theory of evolution and launched the Industrial Revolution. Then they staggered

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Who does the future belong to?

In a conversation with a representative of Barcelona’s brand new city government, they call our Atlas into question, arguing that ‘people who work on the future often try to resolve contradictions within the capitalist system, and so they perpetuate inequality.’ The words hit home, and I get the feeling that it’s going to be difficult for us

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Video: A History of Architecture

The future of construction goes far beyond 3D printable homes or smart cities. In this video created for Beyond Building Barcelona 2015, Atlas FutureHero Tomás Diez breaks down the history of technology applied to human housing, from its origins to the possible future. With his work a IaaC and Fab Lab Barcelona, Tomás is interested in how the history

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Hello world: FutureHeroes, virtual reality and the Pope

Hello world: FutureHeroes, virtual reality and the Pope

I’m thrilled to introduce myself as editor-in-chief of Atlas of the Future, the new international Barcelona-London venture from Oriol Soler, Cathy Runciman and Arnau Grinyó. Launching September, this will provide a home and hangout for all those committed to long-term thinking, and take you on a journey through the technology and advances shaping our world in every way

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