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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What’s next for the Women’s March?

What’s next for the Women’s March?

On 21 January more than two million people worldwide took to the streets to demand women’s rights. But how do you turn a march into an enduring global movement? Linda Sarsour is executive director of the Arab American Organisation of New York, and co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington: “It matters to me more what happens

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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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Data to fight discrimination: AtlasChart Top 5

Data to fight discrimination: AtlasChart Top 5

Every day, sites like Netflix, Spotify and Flipboard tap into the power of data to provide recommendations that make life ‘easier’, or at least more entertaining. However, in many important areas such as global health, and in developing countries, basic information doesn’t exist. Often,  even where it does, it is considered biased or sexist. That’s why Melinda

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Soft Robotics Top 5: AtlasChart Cecilia Laschi

Soft Robotics Top 5: AtlasChart Cecilia Laschi

Nearly ten years ago, in the Tuscan seaside town of Livorno, a robotics researcher asked her father to catch her an octopus. Cecilia Laschi knew that a different bodyware was needed in robotics. The Professor of Biorobotics at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies went on to create a rob-octopus as a model for a project researching the new generation

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The Wild West of battery power: Tesla v Arpa-E

The Wild West of battery power: Tesla v Arpa-E

Last week, Arpa-E Director Dr Ellen Williams announced that her department had developed an energy storage device to rival Elon Musk’s Tesla battery. The research arm of the US Department of Energy (DoE) claims the discovery of game-changing energy storage technologies could open the uptake of clean energy to everyone. In an interview with the Guardian,

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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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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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AtlasChart Alastair Parvin: The ‘accidental’ design economist’s Top 5

AtlasChart Alastair Parvin: The ‘accidental’ design economist’s Top 5

As co-founder of the open source building system WikiHouse, Alastair Parvin sees democracy as a design blueprint, has never shied away from provocation and likes people who are trying to be useful or doing seriously disruptive stuff. Take a journey through his favourite Atlas projects.   1. Ethereum This super-interesting project is looking at how you can use the

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