"Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason."Chris Anderson, TED Curator.
‘Reluctant Futurist’ Mark Stevenson is a much-demanded speaker and strategic advisor to governments, NGOs and corporates, helping them face the grand systems challenges of our time and understand their (changed) role in meeting them, or dying gracefully if they need to. Though branded a ‘futurist’ by others Mark is more, as one client puts it, ‘Chief Annoying Question Asker’. He helps organisations change the way they feel, think, invest and operate in order to answer the intertwined questions the future is asking us – on climate change, inequality, the retreat of democracy and the failures of the markets to price risk properly (to name just four). His two bestselling books, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and the award-winning We Do Things Differently map out some existing and proven solutions to our current dilemmas.
Mark advisory roles include being Medicins Sans Frontiers ‘Futurist without Borders’, global ambassador for Client Earth, advisor of climate change and national security to the UK Ministry of Defence, ‘futurenaut’ at solutions-mapping hub Atlas of the Future, mentor at music industry re-boot The Rattle and ‘Chief Annoying Question Asker’ at The Tour Production Group.
He also enjoys a successful side career as a comedy writer and songwriter which he regards as essential for maintaining key skills needed in his strategy work. “The brain does the PR for what the heart has already decided, if you can’t speak to the heart any systems change is dead in the water.” His hit podcast with comedian Jon Richardson and fellow systems change advocate Ed Gillespie is available on all major platforms.
"Mark Stevenson is an asset to anyone's team. He brings a wide diversity of thinking, coupled with a determination not to let things go if they are good ideas, and combines that with humour and extraordinary strategic insight. His links to people who are not usually available to us, and his willingness to think the unthinkable and then act on it, have proved potentially ground breaking. I would strongly encourage others to use Mark's talents - and enjoy the experience in the process." Lieutenant General R E Nugee CB CVO CBE, Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead, Ministry of Defence
"Mark's approach to giving strategic advice is bold, unapologetic and consistently pushes you to examine your own instincts and the contributions of those around you. What makes Mark stand out? He truly cares. He invests himself in the journey and travels it with you. He helps to make big picture connections and has many times translated difficult challenges, questions and debates into language that we all (not just senior management - all staff) understand and can relate to." Melanie Stevenson, Medicines Sans Frontiers UK Strategic Planning Lead
"Mark always has his eye on the prize, which means taking action that creates a positive impact in the world. He doesn’t shrink from asking tough questions and challenging our industry to do better. He pushes us beyond our familiar territory to recognise the wider systemic context.” Arran Riddle, Content Director for Policy and Regulation, GSMA
"Mark Stevenson is one of those rare visionaries who fascinates an audience and makes them laugh in equal measure. 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
“Mark’s ability to be a disruptive influence on the status quo was a perfect opening for our seminar. He was provocative, engaging and at times very funny. I was highly impressed by his interpretation of the brief, professionalism and ability to engage the audience. I cannot imagine a setting or topic where Mark’s views and presence would not add value.” Marie Walker, CEO, Event Creation Network