We Do Things Differently: The Outsiders Rebooting Our World (Paperback)Mark Stevenson (author)
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There have always been a subset of people who think differently. A smaller number of people do differently, people who look at the status quo and not only think ‘I could fix that’ but actually roll their sleeves up and start working.
And never have we needed them more.
Futurologist Mark Stevenson appears to have struck an immediate chord with We Do Things Differently, his gazetteer of a kind toward contemporary upheavals in technology, enabled principally by the internet and our new worlds of shared knowledge.
Across four continents, Stevenson locates example after example of how small teams and sometimes even lone individuals are being to outgun the capabilities of traditional corporations in nimbly developing and finding funding for projects capable of introducing new paradigms. A world in potential peril demands new thinking, and in effect this book is a journal of that change.
From using crowdsourcing to annotate a genome to Detroit approaching a regenerative program based around urban farming, We Do Things Differently is that unexpected thing – a hopeful, optimistic view of the future and a celebration of the individual to change much, just as the inventors around the turn of the 20th century reinvented the world.
‘The simple idea explored in this book is that ordinary people can sometimes achieve remarkable innovations that escape experts, mainly by putting their heads together.’ – The Times
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 292 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 18 mm
Stevenson is an excellent storyteller ... fascinating. * The Times *
Inspirational. The book works so well because Stevenson gets out there to see things for himself. * Daily Mail *
An ability to express even the most complex scientific problems in terms easily understood by a layperson. * Sydney Morning Herald *
Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason. That makes his journey intriguing... and ultimately exhilarating. * TED.com *
Stevenson's engaging commentary has the ability to restore your faith in human ingenuity in the face of adversity * Geographical magazine *
Not just a great read, but a really important one too. * Atlas of the Future *
Stevenson is one of those rare visionaries who fascinates and entertains in equal measure. Do not be surprised if he becomes a household name in the not-too-distant future. * London Literature Festival *
Stevenson writes with enormous warmth and humour. * Cory Doctorow *
By the end of this exhilarating page-turner my faith had been restored. * EcoHustler *
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 * Scotsman *
Stevenson puts the trends of tomorrow's world into perspective with a quizzical, fast-paced, quick-witted tour of the scientific horizon * The Times *
Certainly one of the most interesting science books I've read for a long time * New Statesman *
A grand tour of charismatic technologies and their prophets ... Stevenson bags an impressive list of interviewees * Financial Times *
Essential ... illuminating and refreshingly hopeful ... an auspicious yet grounded vision * The Atlantic *
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