Mark is the author of the best-selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, which is now in production as a 6 part TV series.
Mark is the author of the best-selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future (Profile Books) which has been translated into 13 languages and was described by Wired “a very coherent and entertaining journey through the world of future technology” and by New Scientist as “a refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists”. The book is now in production as a 6 part TV series.
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 an ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter. His second book (also with Profile) about systems innovation, provisionally titled We do things differently: travels on the cutting edge of change, will be published in 2015.
Mark is also an occasional comedy writer. His work has been performed on Radio 4 and his play (cowritten with Jack Milner) Octopus Soup tours the UK before coming to London in 2015.
Mark sits on the advisory boards of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge, the crowdinvesting company Trillion Fund, the start-up incubator Mass Challenge UK and Pearson College. Additionally he is part of the Transport and Fuels steering committee for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Senior Advisor on Global Trends and Innovation for Grupo Punset.
Mark is co-founder of Flow Associates, a learning agency which develops optimum environments for creative innovation tied to critical thinking. The company has offices in London and Delhi and works with cultural institutions, government bodies, corporations and schools.
Recent clients include The Smithsonian Institute (Washington D.C.), Audi HQ (Ingolstadt), The British Library (London), State Council for Education Research and Training (Delhi), The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (Moscow) and medical research body The Wellcome Trust.
Mark’s numerous appearances in the press and on Radio and TV include interviews and profiles on national radio, TV and in print media in the UK, US, South America, Europe and Australia & New Zealand. Recent in-depth coverage includes The Guardian (UK), Brand Eins (Germany), El Mundo (Spain), The Wall Street Journal (US) and ABC (Australia).
Mark is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Nibmaster General at the Ministry of Stories and the founder of The League of Pragmatic Optimists – an organisation that creates meeting places in cities and towns across the globe “where people who want to make the world better can meet, generate ideas and projects, get inspiration and a recharge, find collaborators and have their neurons tickled in the cause of improving the story of humanity.” Currently the organisation has chapters in the UK, Spain, New Zealand and Costa Rica.
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