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Getting to know...Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson is a writer, ideas generator and futurist. He is author of the best selling book An Optimist's Tour of the Future, which was described by The Wall Street Journal as "sharp and fascinating". He is probably best described as an inspirational futurist. His skill is an ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE AS A CHILD?
A Timelord. Failing that, an astronaut.

ADVICE TO YOUR TEENAGE SELF?
“You know everybody thinks you’re a bit weird because you ask questions all the time? That’ll end up being your career (which you’ll love), so stick with it”

KARAOKE TUNE OF CHOICE?
Sexbomb by Tom Jones

CAREER PLAN B?
Timelord, of course.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Angelina Jolie.

SECRET TO A HAPPY RELATIONSHIP?
All relationships are different so I can only tell you what works for me – which was marrying a totally fantastic woman

CAT OR DOG?
To own: cat. To walk: dog.

STYLE ICON?
Beaker from The Muppets

YOUR COFFEE ORDER?
Double espresso

NUMBER ONE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Get into space.

SECRET SKILL?
I can calm babies.

DREAM DINNER DATE?
Mejool

WHAT WAS YOUR BIG BREAK?
Being born white, male and lower middle class.

WHERE IS HOME?
New Cross

FAVOURITE VILLAIN?
Darth

BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
The last one I wrote – changed everything for me.

FIRST EVER RECORD?
Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU SEE....?
Kyle Maclacalan

ON A NIGHT OFF WE WOULD FIND YOU...?
In The Telegraph at the Earl of Derby, Dennet’s Road, SE14. Best. Pub. In. The. World.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?
Don’t do favourites. Favourites are false choices.

SIGNATURE DANCE MOVE?
Pogo-jump

WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
Too many to list, but pedestals are dangerous.

MOTTO YOU LIVE BY?
You are what you do, not what you intend to do.