Mark Pollock’s Story
Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. In 2010 he was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. Now, Mark is exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalysing collaborations that have never been done before.
In April 2018, Mark and his fiancée Simone George spoke at TED2018. Watch their talk on TED.com.
Acknowledged as an expert in resilience, innovation and collaboration, Mark says,
“The reason to bring in a speaker is to move the audience emotionally. It can never be about the speaker, rather it must be about engaging the audience to help them achieve more than they thought possible – that is what I aim to do every time.”
As Mark Pollock lay in hospital after his paralysing fall in 2010, he began to see how he could adopt what he knew from his old life: as an adventure athlete competing in uncharted territory for a blind man.
He applies this mindset to his exploration of a cure for paralysis through the Mark Pollock Trust.
In the search for a cure for paralysis, making breakthrough scientific discoveries and moving them to commercial viability can easily cost tens of millions of dollars and take decades. This simply isn’t happening quickly enough. So, Mark is taking a systems change approach by building networks of people in science, technology, philanthropy, government, non-profits, and the private sector to unlock $1 billion to make the cure a reality.
Mark provided a powerful perspective to the assembled media at Davos. Mark doesn’t just talk about the transformative intersection of technology and humankind – he lives it. As he explores a cure for paralysis, he helped people understand the human dimension of the fourth industrial revolution at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.Head of Public Engagement & Foundations
It was a privilege to have Mark address both our customers and our Management Team at Google. He delivers that rare combination of inspiration, perspective and practical insight that forces his audience to really reflect on how they rise to their personal challenges and set goals that seem unachievable. He delivers his message in a deeply personal, humorous and memorable way that lands with his audience. It was a pleasure for all of us to spend time in his company. Inspiring.Regional Director, Northern Europe