Mark Stevenson, one of the world’s most respected thinkers on technology and societal trends, will take the floor at the BIR Barcelona convention on 29 May 2018, BIR announced. Author and Founder of “We Do Things Differently”, Stevenson is an entrepreneur, author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation. His many advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge, Civilised Bank, Atlas of the Future and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is the author of two books, the just released "We Do Things Differently" and the best-selling "An Optimist’s Tour of the Future" which has been translated into 10 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”. As founder of the cultural change agency wdtd.co.uk, Stevenson spends much of his life working across the globe with organisations of every hue, helping them see their role in creating a better future. The company’s clients are a diverse mix of government agencies, NGOs, corporates and arts organisations. Stevenson 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.