Politics & Society

Essential strategies for underrepresented women The modern workplace can be tough to navigate. But women of colour in particular are hired, promoted, paid, and retained at lower rates than other groups. Many underrepresented women feel like they need to work twice as hard to get half the recognition. What needs to change to level the
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It’s not just the surreal effects of ‘pandemic time’ – another year is steadily drawing to a close. Much like 2020’s, the events of 2021 have largely been dwarfed by the ongoing Covid crisis. The second year of the global pandemic challenged the globe with more overwhelming loss, restriction and separation. Glimmers of normal life
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‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’ was Churchill’s infamous wartime quip, and the early days of the pandemic seemed the ideal opportunity to pivot to a fairer way of life in Britain. Cherished systems were re-invented wholesale, underpaid frontline workers propped up the nation and big state intervention saved millions of lives –
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The 2021 Bicentenary Medal Address Regenerative Futures: redesigning the human impact on earth Dr Daniel Christian Wahl is awarded the 2021 RSA Bicentenary Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to regenerative design. In his Medal address, Dr Wahl offers reflections on 20 years of research and professional practice exploring the role of design as
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The Evolution of Fashion – From sustainability to regeneration ‘Fashion has to reflect who you are’ Pharrell Williams. Despite its fun reputation, the fashion industry isn’t a trifling part of the climate change equation. The UN Environment programme estimates that it is responsible for 8-10% of global carbon emissions – more than international flights and
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Too many primary school pupils are missing out on the benefits that youth social action has to offer. How can we make sure opportunities to make a difference to the issues they care about are fairly shared among our youngest citizens? Join us for the launch of the ‘Citizens of Now: High-quality Social Action with
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How can we design good mental health into our urban spaces? What would our cities look like if they were designed with mental wellbeing, equity, and restoration at their core? Many cities around the world are built on models that haven’t kept pace with growing urban populations and the imperative to halt damage to the
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Governments and states start to look and behave differently in times of crisis. Political theorist John Keane reflects on what our current challenges may reveal about the nature of an anti-democratic trend he observes taking hold across the world, and what it will take to uphold and strengthen the ideals and practices of power-sharing democracy.
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Creating change together: relational systems thinking and Indigenous knowledge Faced with the urgent challenges of climate change and inequality, how can people from different cultures and worldviews come together to make change that works for all? How might braiding together Indigenous wisdom and systems thinking to help leaders and changemakers unlock their creative capacities for
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What will the long-lasting effect of the pandemic be on our politics? And can we apply anything that we’ve learnt over the last 18 months to our approach to environmental emergency? The pandemic exposed the risks and weaknesses of the market-driven global system like never before, revealing a critical lack of institutional preparation and failings
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What does work mean in the 21st century? Work allows us to pay the bills – but for lots of people, it’s become about more than that. Many of us derive a sense of purpose or identity from our work: is this a consequence of more people being able to choose work that’s meaningful to
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The role of imagination for thriving and prosperous communities.  As we emerge from the pandemic there is a collective opportunity to rethink and to create bold, community-led practices that can steer us towards a better future. This is the time for imagining radical initiatives that match the size and complexity of the challenges we face.
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r versus g? Or a Debt Jubilee? David Graeber’s bestselling book “Debt: The First 5000 Years” revolutionised our understanding of the origins of money and the role of debt in human societies. But intellectual revolutions take time, and David’s sudden and untimely death left this revolution unfinished. David’s widow Nika Dubrovsky has established ‘The Fight
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How can we make progress together when faced with increasingly complex challenges? The major challenges of our time demand creative and collaborative solutions. But they’re not always easy to come by: we face increasing complexity and, often, decreasing control. We need to work with people across more divides. How can we move forward in ever
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Animator: Tara Burke Voice: Mike Berners Lee BRIEF: Moving Pictures, conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content Visit the RSA Student Design Awards website: http://sda.thersa.org/ Follow the RSA Student Design Awards on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSADesignAwards Follow RSA Events on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like
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Success is no longer about individual talent, knowledge or skill. Success is about freeing ourselves from the blind spots that beset us all, and pooling our collective intelligence. In our latest RSA Short, best-selling author and columnist Matthew Syed shows where the best ideas come from and how we can apply these ideas to tackling
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An unprecedented global pandemic. The worst global economic recession since the Great Depression. The tipping point for systemic racism. Growing polarisation and conflict. One of the biggest non-nuclear explosions of all time. An alarming increase in wildfires across five continents. 2020 has presented huge challenges for us to respond to. It is human nature to
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RSA Student Design Awards 2021 Keynote Address A special event celebrating the 2020/21 RSA Student Design Awards and the power of design to make a positive social impact. The 2021 SDA Keynote Address is delivered by internationally renowned designer and social innovator, Jennie Winhall. System innovation is the challenge of an age in which society
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Where are the opportunities for young people navigating an era rife with challenges? Studies show that many of the social and economic consequences of the pandemic have hit younger people the hardest, in a time when many were already facing adversity. Declining living standards, heightened insecurity, and deepening social divisions are changing what work, home,
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The goal of the RSA Future of Work Programme is to ensure good work for all. We put forward five good work principles that unpack this idea: security, wellbeing, growth, freedom and identity affirmation. Many grassroots innovators are helping to make this idea a reality, from training boot camps that teach workers at risk of
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Animator: Zoe McCarthy Voice: Roman Krznaric  BRIEF: Moving Pictures, conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content AWARD: CIM award of £1000 Visit the RSA Student Design Awards website: http://sda.thersa.org/ Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theRSAorg Listen
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Animator: Lauren O’Brien Voice: Christiana Figueres  BRIEF: Moving Pictures, conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content Visit the RSA Student Design Awards website: http://sda.thersa.org/ Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theRSAorg Listen to RSA podcasts: https://bit.ly/3wdBwHr
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Animator: Issy Bradford Voice: Roman Krznaric  BRIEF: Moving Pictures, conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content Visit the RSA Student Design Awards website: http://sda.thersa.org/ Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theRSAorg Listen to RSA podcasts: https://bit.ly/3wdBwHr See
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Animator: Mark Churcher Voice:  Christiana Figueres  BRIEF: Moving Pictures, conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content AWARD: Marketing Trust Award of £2000 and Staff Choice Awards of £500 Visit the RSA Student Design Awards website: http://sda.thersa.org/ Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents
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Animator: Giselle Johnson Voice: Roman Krznaric  BRIEF: Moving Pictures, conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content Visit the RSA Student Design Awards website: http://sda.thersa.org/ Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theRSAorg Listen to RSA podcasts: https://bit.ly/3wdBwHr See
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Innovations are emerging worldwide to address the challenges of a rapidly changing future of work.   The pandemic is likely to accelerate the pace of technological change and automation globally. To secure a future where good work is available to all, we will need new approaches to skills, training and lifelong learning, to economic security
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We need a solid base camp from which to map new routes forward for humanity. One that’s built on a shared understanding of how core human needs and motivations interact with social forces to shape and drive the dynamics of change.  In this new RSA Minimate, RSA chief executive Matthew Taylor introduces ‘co-ordination theory’ – a set of ideas about what motivates us and influences the ways we act together – from authority, values
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