What is Future Crunch?
The best way to think of us is as field guides for the new economy. We help individuals and organisations understand what's happening on the frontiers of science and technology, so that they can be better prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
It's about cutting through the hype to critically evaluate the consequences of converging technologies and multiple scientific breakthroughs that are 'crunching' together. We pull together, sift through and select amazing stories about how and why these changes are happening and communicate them in a way that’s smart, entertaining and accessible.
Our mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future.
What do people say about us?
Who are we?
Dr Angus Hervey
Angus is a writer, technologist and science communicator. He is the Australian manager of Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), a global initiative started in 2009 by Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. RHoK is the longest running and largest social hackathon in Australia, and takes place in five locations across the country.
He is the former manager of Global Policy, one of the world's leading international political journals, and holds an MSc in International Political Economy and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar between 2009 and 2012.
Tané is a science communicator, futurist and bioinformatician. He works with big data in the biological realm and specialises in cancer research. His first career though, was in mountain biking. In 2004 Tane won a US national title and was heading for a career as a professional cyclist. Unfortunately, an injury in 2006 brought Tané’s cycling career to an end and he refocused on science and received a degree in Biology and Chemistry at Fort Lewis College in Colorado.
While sailing across the South Pacific in 2010, he helped with a dissection of a Cuvier’s beaked whale in the Cook Islands. Here Tané met Dr. Darlene Ketten from Harvard Medical School. Long discussions with her piqued his interest in medical genomics and bioinformatics which eventually led him to the University of Melbourne where he completed a Masters in Bioinformatics in 2013. He has worked for the Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare diseases in children using genetics, and is currently doing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer.
Tanushree is a sustainability communicator and writer with a background in international development research. She is interested in how technology can interact with global issues, including clean energy, poverty alleviation and sustainable development—and believes communication, creativity and critical thinking are crucial to intelligent outcomes for humanity.
Before specialising in communication, Tanushree’s research focused on forced migration, genocide and the politics of visual imagery, including assistance for a long-term research project on images and humanitarian crises at the University of Queensland. In addition to writing and having pun with Future Crunch's Twitter account, Tanushree works as a communication coordinator for the International RiverFoundation, coaches tiny tots at Little Kickers, and performs as a musician.
Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Vincent moved to Brisbane to study film at the Queensland University of Technology. Following the end of his studies he's been working interstate as well as internationally. He has a passion for telling stories and creating beautiful sequences and to make video concepts come to life. He now lives in Melbourne where he is a Trivia host at the Stolberg Beer Café. He enjoys avocado on toast, Netflix Original Series’, Steven Colbert and a sneaky rock climb every so often. He's at his most comfortable sitting in a hostel dorm striking up conversations with travellers (and feeling thankful for a job that lets him do it). Ah, and he's not the tall guy in this photo.
Dr Ele Jansen
Ele is a culture hacker, exploreress, younger sister, North European, ethnographer, sharer, midnight doodler, free dancer, and sound addict. She applies these interests as a collaboration designer and teacher with a focus on story, play, androgyny and the commons. She holds a PhD in Media/Design Anthropology, and co-founded Learn, Do, Share, an international collective that works with Columbia University.
Before moving to Sydney in 2009, Ele lead communications at the IICG in Leipzig, a social enterprise funded by 50+ brands to innovate East Germany’s post-socialist economy. She has facilitated workshops at Parsons New School of Design NYC, Google Creative Labs, OUIshare Paris, Re:publica Berlin and Vivid Ideas Sydney. She currently teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Technology Sydney, and is working with UNSW's Michael Crouch Innovation Center and PwC’s The Difference.
Katie is an environmentalist and scientist who is passionate about food, farming and feminism. She is interested in ways in which innovation and advances in technology can aid in more efficient, but ecologically effective land management practices. Katie’s studies have focused on food ethics, regenerative agricultural techniques and environmental policy. She also firmly believes in the harnessing of people power, as without effective communication, the full potential of science and technology may not be realised. And goats, she also believes in harnessing the power of goats.
In her down time, Katie runs a tequila bar and works as a co-ordinator for The Welcome Dinner Project, an initiative that facilitates meaningful conversations between new and established Australians, over dinner. She is in the process of developing a digital project which will aim to showcase diversity across the sustainable food supply chain in Australia.
Elouise is a tech enthusiast who loves discovering how new technologies change lives, shift industries and create a more exciting future.
Starting out with a BA in Psychology and Commerce from the Australian National University, she fell in love with the tech industry when hired for a user-centred design agency in Edinburgh and continues to foster that love by following the latest advancements in the field. She is passionate about learning from and sharing the stories of inspirational people.
By day she is the IT Manager at the Melbourne & Olympic Parks sports and entertainment precinct, and by night a co-owner of Bad Frankie - a Jaffle and Australian Spirits bar in Fitzroy.