Mark Stevenson Relecutant Futurist| Speaker| MFL Global
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Mark Stevenson

Futurist and Author 

‘Reluctant’ Futurologist Mark Stevenson is an author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation. He is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on the interplay of technology and society, helping a diverse mix of clients to become future literate and adapt their cultures and strategy to squarely face the questions the future is asking them.

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 ten.

To learn more about Mark, listen to his podcast here

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’s diverse advisory roles include being Medicines Sans Frontiers (UK) Futurist without borders and resident futurist at The National Theatre of Scotland.

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. His 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 also an occasional comedy writer. His work has been performed on Radio 4 and his play (co-written with Jack Milner), Octopus Soup, that launched across the UK in 2019.

Mark will give you a whistle stop tour of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the next 20 years and why business as usual is a recipe for disaster. We’re in for a rocky ride, but future-literate organisations have a shot at greatness.

View Mark’s Masterclass: Becoming a Pragmatist Optimist

To view 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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The Future and what to do about it

Take a whistle stop tour of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the next 20 years and why ‘business as usual’ is a recipe for disaster. How is the landscape of society going to change in terms of technology, energy, governance, health and commerce? What questions should smart organisations be asking themselves? And how can your organisation be fit for the future? Mark will show you. We’re in for a rocky ride, but future-literate organisations have a shot at greatness. Available as either a keynote or masterclass.

The 8 principles of successful optimists

Having spent 10 years working with and writing about some of the most innovative and extraordinary people and organisations in the world, Mark has distilled this learning down to his ‘eight principles for successful optimists’ that can be used at a personal, team and organisational level. What’s more, they can be implemented immediately with profound effects. Available as either a keynote or masterclass.

How to get people to change

How do you talk truth to power and get away with it? What does it take for change to go beyond good intentions and turn into action? How do you take people out of their comfort zones and have them thank you for it? The answers are unexpected, but surprisingly uncomplicated. Drawing on his experience advising organisations as diverse as Medecines Sans Frontiers and Virgin, Mark will take you through the theory and practice of moving the immovable, to make a different future. Available as either a keynote or masterclass.

Innovation in an age of chaos

How can an organisation maintain any kind of innovative edge when chaos abounds? Our increasingly VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world may seem almost impossible to navigate, and yet some organisations and individuals do, remaining relevant even as their competitors flail in the madness. While writing his last bestseller, We Do Things Differently, Mark spent four years in the company of some of the world’s most innovative people and organisations and he’ll distill what he learnt about the principles, techniques and skills they use to stay ahead - and how you can too. Available as either a keynote or masterclass.

Bringing AI back to reality

There isn’t any version of the future currently being sold (whether by corporates, governments or civil society) that doesn’t involve the radical transformative power of AI and robotics. But beneath the hype and misinformation what does the AI revolution actually mean for society, business, governance and investment? In this talk Mark will discuss the winners and losers as AI rolls out across the technology landscape and explain why the real innovations needed in the AI age are, in fact, deeply human. Available as a keynote.

Mark was excellent, not only did he give a lot of food for thought with his talk but also weaved in our pledges that we launched making it feel that it was only written for the conference and not a generic talk. Every comment on his talk was glowing and we can not praise highly enough his contribution that made our conference such a success.


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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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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