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Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson

Futurist, entrepreneur, expert on global trends and innovation.

Mark Stevenson is a writer, ideas generator, entrepreneur and futurist. He is also a popular and entertaining speaker on matters of future narratives, innovation, complexity and learning.

Mark Stevenson is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on technology and social trends, helping clients and audiences see where the world is heading and how to adapt. He is an inspirational futurist, and he is particularly skilled at taking complex or abstract concepts and making them understandable to non-specialists without compromising the complexity of the subject.

Mark is a co-founder and one fifth of the team at We Do Things Differently, a cultural change practice staffed by people who are not only successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople but also highly successful independently, as artists, performers, and writers. WDTD helps organisations implement ideas about leadership, engagement, innovation, big-picture thinking, and communication.

He is also co-founder of Flow Associates, a learning agency which develops optimum environments for creative innovation. Here he works with cultural institutions, government bodies, corporations, and schools all over the world. Moreover, he is futurologist-in-residence at Primary Energy Research and sits on the advisory boards of Virgin Earth Challenge and Every1Mobile.

Mark is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Nibmaster General at the Ministry of Stories and the founder of The League of Pragmatic Optimists, an organisation that creates meeting places in cities and towns all over the world where people who want to make the world better can meet, generate ideas, get inspiration, and find collaborators.

He is an excellent public speaker, possibly helped by a previous career as a stand-up comedian. He encourages people to think without being patronising or over-simplifying things, and he never fails to captivate his audiences.

    Keynote Topics:

    • 8 Principles of Successful Optimism
    • Radical democratisation in medicine and manufacture
    • Mega-trends shaping the world in the next 30 years
    • What big data and artificial intelligence mean for knowledge and wisdom
    • How our relationship with information, matter, time, energy and biology will change – and with it (nearly) everything else
    • The need of institutional innovation, how and why most organisations can’t do it, and how you can
    • The principles of successful optimists
    • Creating cultures of innovation and creativity – and why you must
    • The lost art of making good mistakes – or what you need to learn from Edison and the Rolling Stones
    • Human evolution, where it’s been, where it’s going and what that means for you


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