Kirkus Reviews

Inspirational reading for those who imagine they can do it — whatever “it” is — better.

The Week

‘Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done,’ said aviator Amelia Earhart. If you worry for the future of humanity, you will beg not to be interrupted as you read this book.  

Sir Tim Smit

This joyous book is a smile between covers, a feast of ingenuity and an incitement to genuinely think. So if you know anyone that either likes thinking or, needs to think, give them this book. 

Cornelia Parker in The Observer

An inspiring book that makes you feel optimistic about the future; much needed at this moment in time.

The Fifth Estate

What makes the book so engaging is not just the incredible ideas and initiatives he discovers, but the way he tells the story of the people themselves

The Times

“Stevenson is an excellent storyteller…. fascinating.”


“Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.  That makes his journey intriguing… and ultimately exhilarating.”

Daily Mail

“Inspirational. The book works so well because Stevenson gets out there to see things for himself”


“By the end of this exhilarating page-turner my faith had been restored.”

Atlas of the Future

“Not just a great read, but a really important one too.”

Sydney Morning Herald

“An ability to express even the most complex scientific problems in terms easily understood by a layperson.”

London Literature Festival

“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.”

Cory Doctorow

“Stevenson writes with enormous warmth and humour.”

Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it is clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson set out to find them, across four continents uncovering an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world’s most pressing dilemmas, a journey that offers a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.

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