Mark Stevenson: Author, Inspirational Futurist
Stevenson is the author of two books, the just released We Do Things
Differently and the best-selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future 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
is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on technology and societal trends
– helping you see where the world is going – and how to adapt.
many advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge,
Civilised Bank, Atlas of the Future and The Institution of Mechanical
founder of the cultural change agency wdtd.co.uk, he spends much of his life
working across the globe with organisations of every hue, helping them see
their role in creating a better future, or to die gracefully if they need to.
The company’s clients are a diverse mix of government agencies, NGOs,
corporates and arts organisations.
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.
is also an occasional comedy writer. His work has been performed on Radio 4 and
his play (co-written with Jack Milner) Octopus Soup comes to London in January
did a spellbinding job. It was a tremendous speech met with 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!” – US Space Foundation
“Mark is an entertaining and engaging speaker, and has a
rare gift for making complex subjects clear and accessible without straying
into glibness. We were impressed that several audience members commented that
his talk spoke directly to their own desire to create change. Mark is practical
yet has the capacity to inspire - you don't get both very often.” – RSA