Mark Stevenson
Mark Stevenson
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Mark Stevenson’s early career saw him mixing two jobs; one as an expert in both prime number cryptography and computer aided systems engineering (writing several very heavy, expensive books on these subjects as part of his tenure at an industry think-tank), the other fronting a pop band, enjoying brief notoriety in Japan, France and much to his surprise, Chile. The videos still embarrass him.

Today he combines two other (more related) careers – one as a successful writer/ comedian (writing for stage, radio and print) and another as a speaker and consultant on future narratives, institutional innovation, engineered serendipity and learning – working with everyone from schoolchildren to the boards of multinational corporations. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman and The Irish Times. He has addressed the US Treasury Executive Institute, Google HQ, Microsoft Research, Standard Chartered Bank, The Skoll World Forum and The Economist and he regularly appears at festivals and other public fora including The Secret Garden Party, The Henley Festival and Wilderness.

He is co-founder and director of cultural engineers Flow Associates and the science communication agency ReAgency and special advisor to the African social network BSmrt.  Mark is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Nibmaster General at the Ministry of Stories and a founding member of the League of Pragmatic Optimists.

His parents still have no idea what he does.

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future is his first book.