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Mark - Stevenson - playARK talks speakersMark Stevenson’s early career saw him mixing two jobs; one as an industry analyst dealing with prime number cryptography and computer aided systems engineering, the other fronting a pop band, enjoying brief notoriety in Japan, France and Chile.

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 both private and public clients. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman and The Irish Times. His first book An Optimist’s Tour of the Future continues to receive wide critical acclaim (“Sharp and Fascinating” – The Wall Street Journal) and has been translated into four languages

He has addressed the US Treasury Executive Institute, Google HQ, Microsoft Research, Standard Chartered Bank, The Skoll World Forum and The Economist and 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 the cultural learning agency Flow Associates (working with cultural organisations internationally), 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.

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