We are living in chronically uncertain times – it’s as if literally anything could happen next. The present looks doomed and the future a dystopia. Mark Stevenson, however, is hopeful. Aware of our current challenges and dilemmas, he looks at the future with down-to-earth optimism. That’s because he spends his life with people who do things differently, who look at the status quo and then roll up their sleeves and change it. These innovators are putting brave and alternative futures on the table as we speak, here and now. They are reshaping education and healthcare, changing the way we produce our food and energy, and, in general, rebooting our system. Join our discussion and you’ll leave with the feeling that when it comes to the future there are many more options available than the leaders of any political party, corporation, lobby, religion, academic institution or media outlet would have you believe!
Mark Stevenson is a leading thinker on technology and societal trends, as well as an entrepreneur, author, broadcaster. He is a natural optimist, with a knack at seeing where the world is going and how to adapt. His new, intriguing book We Do Things Differently, Outsiders rebooting our world has just been published, while his best-selling book An Optimist’s Tour of the Future has been translated into 12 languages and has been described by New Scientist as ‘a refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists’. He is also the Founder of the cultural change agency We Do Things Differently, helping organisations create a better future, and runs The League of Pragmatic Optimists, which has chapters in the UK, Spain, New Zealand and Finland. He inspires to be more rational and optimist about the future and proposes ways we can make it more sustainable, equal, humane, compassionate and just.
We do things differently: travels on the cutting edge of change (2017), An optimist’s tour of the future (2011).
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