‘Futurist’ Mark Stevenson is an author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation
A reluctant futurist’ Mark Stevenson is the author of two bestselling books, ‘An Optimist’s Tour of the Future’ and the award-winning ‘We Do Things Differently.’ He is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on the interplay of technology and society, helping a diverse mix of clients that include government agencies, NGOs, corporates and arts organisations to become future literate and adapt their cultures and strategy to squarely face the questions the future is asking them.
He is also an occasional comedy writer with work performed on Radio 4. His first play, the farce Octopus Soup (co-authored with Jack Milner) tours the UK in Autumn 2018. He is also one half of The Futurenauts.
His parents still have no idea what he does.
Mark’s latest book, the award-winning We Do Things Differently is now released in the USA in hardback and the UK in paperback (as well as Spanish and Turkish editions) and is receiving rave reviews…
Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it’s clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents.
From Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane.
Populated by extraordinary characters, We Do Things Differently paints an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world’s most pressing dilemmas, offering a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.
“An ability to express even the most complex scientific problems in terms easily understood by a layperson. His discussion of global warming is a model of cogency.” – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.” – CHRIS ANDERSON, TED CURATOR.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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