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What is Future Crunch?

We are a group of scientists, artists, researchers and designers who believe that science and technology are the most powerful drivers of human progress. We’re determined to share that story. Each week, we create a newsletter containing good news from every corner of the globe, mind-blowing advances in science and technology, and the best parts of the internet. Our mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to play our part in creating a 21st century that works for people and the planet.

Our Team

Dr Angus Hervey

Angus is a political economist and a journalist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He is a co-founder at Future Crunch. He was the founding community manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He was also the first editorial manager for Global Policy, one of the world's leading international policy journals. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was the Ralph Miliband Scholar.

Tane Hunter

Tané is a cancer researcher, bio-informatician, and science communicator. He is a co-founder at Future Crunch. He has a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne, and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases. He is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them with artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former United States mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.

Rebecca Tapp

Rebecca is an internationally recognised coach and consultant working in Australia and the Asia Pacific to help industry leaders, entrepreneurs and media personalities activate purpose-driven influence. She is a director at Future Crunch. With over 15 years of experience working with globally acclaimed speakers, activists, authors and influencers, she is a master at understanding how to translate individual purpose into the kind of influence that creates positive social impact. She is the creator of Ignite; a consulting process designed to assist leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and influencers to tell their stories story online, onstage, and in their daily lives. She is also the co-founder of the Supernova Tribe, a purpose-driven content and branding agency for influencers.

Will Tait

Will Tait is a songsmith, MC and presenter with a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He is an educational presenter, founder of Our Planet Enterprises, and the lead singer for 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band touring in Australia and overseas. He is motivated by the idea that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe. Through music, theatre, whole-heartedness and humour he aims to create moments of sharing, inspiration and joy that help make this new story tangible and trustworthy.

Shasta Henry

Shasta is a scientist and science communicator; a passionate adventurer, entomologist and educator. She has named beetles from the Amazon (and has one species named after her), guided white water rafts in Canada and once crocheted a hot air balloon. She's worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Tasmania, investigating the impact of fire on invertebrate communities in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Melissa Neighbour

Melissa is an environmental town planner, community builder and sustainability specialist. She is the Managing Director of Suburban Town Planners, a purpose-driven town planning consultancy based in Sydney. She has developed and implemented award-winning sustainable development projects across Australia, and is on a mission to activate sustainable forms of living in urban spaces of the future. She is a founding member of the World Economic Forum Sydney Shaper Hub, and was the National Convener for the United National Association of Australia Young Professionals Network. She believes in a 21st century that works for every one, and every thing, and that cities will be at the heart of that revolution.

Lilian Kikuvi

Lilian is a speaker, facilitator and consultant, who works with individuals and organisations to supercharge the gift of diversity in the workplace. She holds postgraduate diploma in psychology from the University of Wollongong and is a qualified counsellor, trained at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Her thirteen years in the insurance sector, and her lived cross-cultural experience of more than two decades, has fuelled an obsession with harnessing the extraordinary power of inclusivity in the 21st century. She believes that what sets successful organisations apart is a real commitment to going beyond buzzwords and quotas to cultivate the true power of their people’s potential.

Stevie Turnock

A passionate advocate for environmental and social change, Steve incorporates event production and musical performance into a broader ideology of sustainability. With a Masters in Sustainable Practice from the University of Melbourne, two decades in the event industry, and three decades as a musician, he draws on a diverse toolbox of skills to facilitate the exchange of positive ideas through stagecraft, technical wizardry, and an innate sense of timing. With sharp attention to detail and a thirst for innovation, Steve helps make Future Crunch look and sound amazing.

Xander Sanbrook

Xander is a photographer and videographer who produces content for Future Crunch, as well as managing the realms of social media. Previously a student of science, and forever a student of the earth, he is inspired by connections between people and the natural environment, and is dedicated to creating media that represents these connections. He’s a firm believer that humans have the conscious ability to orient to a symbiotic relationship with the planet and each other, and wishes to help share this perspective through his work.

Sarah Rowan

Sarah is Australia’s top female speed painter.  She has been speed painting for over 15 years, bringing a vibrant, energetic and fun vibe to everything she does, and to date has painted at over 400 events raising over $175,000 for charity. Sarah is also a speaker who inspires her audiences to embrace their own creativity and authenticity. As part of the Future Crunch team, she helps create extraordinary experiences, allowing audiences to learn with both the heart and the head. She graduated from Converse College in 2003 with a BFA in Studio Art, and moved to Sydney in 2005 to expand her art horizons.