8 Principles for Successful Optimists

This event has now finished. Please see our events website for details of upcoming events at Brookes.

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Main Lecture Theatre , Clerici, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


As the philosopher Mark Bedau says “Change will happen and we can either try to influence it in a constructive way, or we can try to stop it from happening, or we can ignore it. Trying to stop it from happening is, I think, futile. Ignoring it seems irresponsible.” Which means there is really only one game in town: trying to steer things in a positive direction. But how do you do that? In this talk Mark Stevenson explores the way successful optimists get things done and how we can all learn from them.

Mark Stevenson is an entrepreneur, futurologist and author of  "An Optimist’s Tour of the Future". He is co-founder of learning agency Flow Associates, futurologist-in-residence at Primary Energy Research and on the advisory board of Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge. He is a fellow of the RSA, Nibmaster General at the Ministry of Stories and founder of The League of Pragmatic Optimists. “Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.” – Chris Anderson, TED Curator