"Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason."Chris Anderson, TED Curator
Mark is the author of the best-selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future (Penguin/ Profile Books) which has been translated into 10 languages and was described by Wired “a very coherent and entertaining journey through the world of future technology” and by New Scientist as “a refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists”. You can find reviews (and a free chapter from the book) here.
Mark has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Intelligent Life, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His key skill is an ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter. His second book (also with Profile) about systems innovation, provisionally titled We do things differently: outsiders improving our world, will be published in January 2017.
Mark is also an occasional comedy writer. His work has been performed on Radio 4 and his play (co-written with Jack Milner) Octopus Soup tours the UK in 2017.
"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
That moment when people think because you’re an optimist you don’t deal with reality, and pointing out the real mess we’re in upsets them.
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- Tuesday Sep 27 - 1:56pm
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Mark sits on the advisory boards of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge, future-literacy hub Atlas of the Future, the start-up incubator and Civilised Bank
Additionally he sits on the Fuels and Transport Steering committee at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the academic advisory board to Escape the City and is Nibmaster General at the Ministry of Stories.
Mark is regularly asked to talk to both private and public audiences on matters of future narratives, institutional innovation, complexity, belief systems and learning. Engagements include The Economist, The US National Space Symposium, IBM, Google, Michigan School of Art and Design and Oxford University. He also speaks regularly at schools as well as the occasional rock festival. His experience of spending a year as a stand-up comedian gives him the necessary skills to put a wide range of audiences and viewers at ease.
"Mark Stevenson is one of those rare visionaries who fascinates an audience and makes them laugh in equal measure. Stevenson’s talk was a highlight within London Literature Festival and we expect great things from him... Do not be surprised if he becomes a household name in the not-too-distant future." Jana Stefanovska, Southbank Centre, London Literature Festival
"A tremendous speech. A standing ovation. It is not often that you can hear a pin drop in a room that size but the audience was enthralled. Wonderful!" Elliot Pullman, CEO, US National Space Foundation
A cultural change practice, WDTD is staffed by people who are aren’t just successful entrepreneurs and business-people, they’re also all independently successful artists, performers and writers. “You’re just as likely to find someone from WDTD in a script meeting or stand-up club as you are in the boardroom or on the shop floor,” says Mark. “That means they have a deep understanding of what will engage people on an emotional level to embrace new challenges as well as what it takes to continually re-enforce a culture of creativity”. The company is based in London but works internationally with clients as diverse as UK Sport, RSA, Molson Coors, Standard Chartered Bank, Abbvie and the BBC.
A learning agency which develops optimum environments for creative innovation tied to critical thinking. The company has offices in London and Delhi and works with cultural institutions, government bodies, corporations and schools. Recent clients include The Smithsonian Institute (Washington D.C.), Audi HQ (Ingolstadt), The British Library (London), State Council for Education Research and Training (Delhi), The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (Moscow) and medical research body The Wellcome Trust.
Mark’s numerous appearances in the press and on Radio and TV include interviews and profiles on national radio, TV and in print media in the UK, US, South America, Europe and Australia & New Zealand including in-depth coverage from The Guardian (UK), Brand Eins (Germany), El Mundo (Spain), The Wall Street Journal (US) and ABC (Australia).
Mark is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and the founder of The League of Pragmatic Optimists an organisation that creates meeting places in cities and towns across the globe “where people who want to make the world better can meet, generate ideas and projects, get inspiration and a recharge, find collaborators and have their neurons tickled in the cause of improving the story of humanity.” Currently the organisation has chapters in the UK, Spain, New Zealand and Finland.