Mark Stevenson – Keynote Speaker

Europe’s No 1 Futurist

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  • Future Trends
  • Democratisation of Technology
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Artificial Intelligence


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Mark Stevenson – Keynote Speaker

Europe’s No 1 Futurist

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Mark Stevenson is an author, broadcaster and expert on global trends. He is one of the world’s most in demand thinkers on the interplay of technology and society.

Stevenson is the author of the internationally best-selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, which was described by Wired as “a very coherent and entertaining journey through the world of future technology.” Stevenson's second book, the award-winning We Do Things Differently: the outsiders rebooting our world, was published in 2017.

Stevenson’s key skill is his ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter. His advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge, the policy and regulation division of the GSMA, future-literacy hub Atlas of the Future, music industry re-boot The Rattle and being resident futurist at The National Theatre of Scotland.

As founder of the cultural change agency, We Do Things Differently, Mark Stevenson 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. Stevenson is also the founder of The League of Pragmatic Optimists, an organisation that creates meeting places "where people who want to make the world better can meet, generate ideas and projects, get inspiration and find collaborators."


"Mark Stevenson delivered an outstanding half-day masterclass at our recent management conference, resulting in of the highest-ever feedback ratings any of our speakers have received in recent years. Mark's presentation contained a compelling mix of intellectual gravitas, thought-provocation and humour that kept our audience enthralled.” - Benchmark for Business

“Mark 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

“Mark Stevenson was an excellent, thought provoking and highly entertaining speaker, opening the annual international conference for our profession. He was just the right mix of informative, humorous, challenging and engaging. He was well prepared, rehearsed and professional. We had only positive feedback. Mark was also very giving of his time throughout the remainder of the conference. I can highly recommend him.” – James & Wells Intellectual Property

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