Mark Stevenson

Reluctant futurist
Mark Stevenson

‘Reluctant Futurist’ Mark Stevenson is a 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.

He is Futurist Without Borders for Medicines Sans Frontiers (UK), Global Ambassador for ClientEarth and a strategic advisor on peace, security and climate change to the UK Ministry of Defence.

“Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.” – Chris Anderson, Curator, TED

Watch Mark’s talk on the Eight Principles of Successful Optimists:

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Mark Stevenson