Mark Stevenson | Speaker, Speeches, Booking Agent | MFL Global
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Mark Stevenson

Futurist and Author 

Mark Stevenson is one of the world’s most respected futurist thinkers on technology and societal trends – helping you see where the world is going – and how to adapt. As such, he is in constant demand as a consultant, trainer and speaker on future trends, cultural change and institutional innovation. He also speaks regularly at schools as well as the occasional rock festival.

He is the author of the internationally best-selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, which has been translated into 10 languages and was described by Wired as “a very coherent and entertaining journey through the world of future technology.” Mark’s second book, the award-winning We Do Things Differently: the outsiders rebooting our world, was published in January 2017, and soon hit the Amazon top five.

Mark has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Intelligent Life, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. His key skill is his ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.

Mark Stevenson has many advisory roles including Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge and Atlas of the Future.

Mark is Medicines Sans Frontiers (UK) Futurist without borders.

As founder of the cultural change agency, We Do Things Differently (, he 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. The company’s clients are a diverse mix of government agencies, NGOs, corporates and arts organisations.

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

Mark is an occasional comedy writer. His work has been performed on Radio 4 and his play co-written with Jack Milner, Octopus Soup, comes to London in 2018.  In December 2017, it was announced that Mark would be ‘Futurist in Residence’ at the National Theatre of Scotland.

Mark 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.”

View Mark’s Masterclass: Becoming a Pragmatist Optimist

To view Mark’s an outline of Mark’s ‘Creating Cultures of Innovation and Creativity in a fast changing world’ workshop, visit here. 

"I cannot recommend the team at MFL highly enough - they're top of their game, easy to work with and genuinely nice people too." Mark

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Mark was great! He really took the time to understand our audience and delivered an inspiring speech that resonated with the whole room. He’s an entertainer with heaps of substance and left everyone feeling ready for anything. As you can tell he went down very well and stole the show. I’d love to book him again if we get the chance.

National Housing Federation

Mark’s presentation was uplifting, entertaining and enlightening. Working in Pharmaceuticals we have a very limited view of the world and his talk delivered important messages around change, breaking rules and the importance of innovation, presented in a manner that was both humorous, practical and entertaining.


Mark Stevenson’s talk was eye opening, thought provoking and fascinating. It achieved our aim which is to enable our group to walk away as thought leaders; to make them more interesting people and to give them new and fresh perspectives on how much faster they may need to operate to stay alive. Despite his talk taking us on a walk through the wild side of what may happen in areas such as nanotechnology, he grounded the event by reminding us that our personal values are ultimately what will shape the future and we should evaluate and stick to those with vigour. We were impressed and there isn’t, in my view, a speaker in the futurology world that matches his content and extensive knowledge.


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.

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Optimists Tour of the Future

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We Do Things Differently

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

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  • United Kingdom



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