Ben Hammersley helps people understand the modern world, and where it is taking us, by writing, talking, and making things. Specifically, in 2014, he was the principal of Onwards, Friend - a programme to develop science and launch platforms for high-altitude and low-earth-orbit. He is also Innovator in Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies at Goldsmiths, University of London; A non-resident fellow of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C; A member of the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom; A contributing editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine, and a non-executive director of Digital Jersey Ltd, on Jersey. In 2013, He was a Robert Schuman fellow at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy. Hammersley writes books, and columns for magazines, build things, and teaches.