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We Do Things Differently

Futurologist Mark Stevenson takes a look at the outsiders rebooting our world

In We Do Things Differently, launched today (05 January) by Profile Books, futurologist Mark Stevenson introduces the unlikely innovators breaking the rules to make our world better.

Pioneers of new approaches

Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges.

As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it’s clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents.

From Brazilian favelas to high-tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future.

At each stop, Stevenson meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane.

Running on air

‘Running on air’ (chapter 5) is the story of how a man called Peter Dearman invented an engine that runs on liquid air (and antifreeze). It may just deliver refrigeration to the developing world, where nearly a third of all food produced is lost between harvest and distribution. And if that’s not enough, it also works for air conditioning – and as a battery that never loses capacity and is completely non-toxic. Potentially an answer to the final stumbling block for how renewable energy can power the world.

‘Bug in the System’ (chapter 3) is the story of how an Indian scientist Samir Brahmachari has turned drug company research techniques on their head in order to find cures for drug-resistant TB and malaria, using crowdsourcing and the clever interpretation of packed lunch logistics.

Populated by extraordinary characters, We Do Things Differently paints an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world’s most pressing dilemmas, offering a much-needed dose of down-to-Earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.

Click here to find out more about We Do Things Differently.

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