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An Optimist's Tour of the Future

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Synopsis

'Reluctant futurist' Mark has travelled the world seeking out radical ideas and those attempting to solve the big problems. From inequality to climate change, housing to hunger he's met those thinking differently and considered how they approach problems and what they have to say about the future. He examines the common themes and lessons from his meetings and challenges businesses to prepare for uncertainty and build a better world.

Biography

Mark Stevenson is an author and consultant specialising in the intersection of technology, innovation and society. The ‘reluctant futurist’ works with public and private organisations around the world to help them prepare and adapt for an uncertain future, as well as making a positive contribution to the future whatever it looks like.

In Mark’s bestselling debut book, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, he travels the world meeting those with stories to tell about what the future might look like. With wit and curiosity he recounts journeys to meet emotional robots, nanotech pioneers and those determined to live forever. He’s witnessed underwater cabinet meetings and innovative farming methods in order to examine how technology, climate and people are evolving and shaping the world.

In his follow up book We Do Things Differently, Mark continues his travels, this time to understand what people are doing to challenge old certainties and think differently about things from inequality to climate change. From education to politics, housing to healthcare to food, he looks at the world’s big challenges and the big thinking attempting to solve them.

Mark takes an accessible look at the complex interplay of futures, ideas and influences, from culture to technology to economics. He delivers an entertaining, eye-opening, thought-provoking look at where we’re headed and how we’ll get there. As well as writing for publications including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and the Daily Telegraph Mark has worked with organisations from Médecins Sans Frontières to the National Theatre of Scotland to help them adapt or realise their place in creating the future.

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