Urban development, Education

The School of Future Literacy


Who is behind this?

Cathy Runciman

Atlas of the Future



Who is joining forces?

Soko Tech



We will benefit from Soko Tech’s STEAM educational expertise (especially with kids) and lab and have access to real-world examples from Barcelona City Hall’s innovation team to develop this programme.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

The world is changing rapidly. To shape the future of our cities, local leaders need a real understanding of the digital, technological and systemic issues that affect us.
The School of Future Literary uses participatory workshops to develop that knowledge in an accessible and entertaining way: why is our data so valuable to urban planners? How do we use AI for good?
Participants are trained to lead their own sessions, and then ‘pay-it-forward’ by sharing lessons with their own communities.

Where will your idea take place?

Phase 1: Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) + online. Phase 2 roll out to other cities across Europe.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Jane Goodall said: “Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.” Engaging learning helps us meet the challenges facing our society, develops our confidence to ‘take the stage’ and become a creator, not a recipient, of the future we want.

What is your impact?

48 local leaders (Barcelona) have understanding of 4 key topics and lead a workshop for own groups (further 500+ participants). Materials are online, roll-out to 2 further cities planned. More citizens engage with tools for change and have agency in shaping the future of their cities.

How do you get there?

Workshops designed to explore what each topic means for citizens and the city. Pilot process:
- select 4 themes: eg big data/IoT, AI, genomics
- part 1: explanation + theory uses stories of real urban innovation (animations/videos)
- part 2: participatory session: ask the right questions/raise challenges/explore ethics
- learning + participation; feedback + response
- attendees receive follow up to ideas
- ‘train a trainer’ model
- online + offline learning materials

What is your story?

Our mission is ‘democratising the future’: ensuring developments in all areas of human activity are understandable and entertaining. After two years telling stories on atlasofthefuture.org with this purpose, we are thrilled to start working face-to-face with future-curious people shaping our cities.

Who are you doing it for?

Target participants are current/aspiring local community, CSO or political leaders. The city is a key stakeholder, receiving inputs from workshops and providing feedback, and the ultimate beneficiaries are urban citizens, as the network effect of the learning spreads and ideas are put into action.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We love feedback! Please tell us what developments you think will most affect life in your city in the coming years, and please share links to the most engaging explainers (videos, texts, animations) you have found when researching key issues in digital/tech/science/politics.


Cathy Runciman


Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 15, 2018

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