Futurologist Mark Stevenson introduces the unlikely innovators breaking the rules to make our world better.
About the book
Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it's clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents.From Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England's home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane.Populated by extraordinary characters, We Do Things Differently paints an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world's most pressing dilemmas, offering a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.
From the reviews of An Optimist's Tour of the Future:
'A rollicking roller-coaster ride around the cutting edge of science with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments
Stevenson puts the trends of tomorrow's world into perspective with a quizzical, fast-paced, quick-witted tour of the scientific horizon
Certainly one of the most interesting science books I've read for a long time
A grand tour of charismatic technologies and their prophets ... Stevenson bags an impressive list of interviewees
Essential...illuminating and refreshingly hopeful ... an auspicious yet grounded vision