Politics & Society

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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The more we spend time with people unlike ourselves, doing things together, the more understanding, tolerant, and even friendly we become. And yet, increasingly, most of us spend less and less time with people who are different – as defined by age, race, or class, earning power or education. The pandemic may have forced us
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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. Imagine a theory that united perspectives from human psychology to anthropology, from the sociology
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As the world faces the critical issues of Covid-19, climate emergency and political disquiet, what are the novel democratic approaches we can deploy to tackle these acute and existential challenges? How can a more ‘active democracy’ break political deadlock, build civic trust and drive transformative collaboration between government, civil society and communities? One month on
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Employees in low-skill, low-paid and insecure occupations constitute 45% of Britain’s labour market, and it is these workers that are turning their backs on the left in droves. In the 2019 election, Labour lost many seats in former strongholds in the post-industrial north and Midlands, and by contrast, stacked upvotes in London and other major
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How should we understand the ‘value’ of nature? The natural world provides all the building blocks of our lives and societies; we are embedded within it, and nothing without it. But our economies currently operate as though separate from nature, with consumption outstripping its supply of resources, and environmental degradation and instability worsening faster than
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Over the course of the last year, the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement have exposed deep fault lines that show us how much work there is still to be done to make our societies equitable. At the same time, we are witnessing increased momentum for change, with individuals, communities and organisations embracing opportunities to
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Catching the creative wave: digital learning after lockdown  The pandemic, and worldwide lockdown that accompanied it, required schools across the globe to redesign their delivery models overnight. Teachers, some for the first time, had to rethink their practice to engage with learners and parents in a virtual classroom. At the same time, schools have had
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What does it take to challenge the status quo? And when and how does society’s understanding of what’s ‘normal’ start to change? From the civil rights movement to # MeToo, we’ve seen that individual and collective action has the power to disrupt and re-define our prevailing social norms – leading in turn to changes in
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At a time of global crisis, RSA Public Events hosted a series of online conversations with leading public thinkers to help us make sense of this moment; respond to its challenges with compassion and good judgement; and chart a path to a more resilient collective future. Watch the highlights from the series as our guests
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The social contract shapes everything: our political institutions, legal systems and material conditions, but also the organisation of family and community, our well-being, relationships and life prospects. And yet everywhere, the social contract is failing. At a time of global crisis, when we have an opportunity to think afresh about the future we want, visionary
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Over recent months, we have seen individuals, communities and organisations embracing uncertainty as an opportunity for innovation, experimentation and renewal. Last year gave us all the signals we need to actively question whether the old normal is healthy and sustainable for the long term, as pandemic shock exposed deep fault-lines in our social and economic
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Are we still a liberal nation? Are we even pretending or aspiring to be one? Several extraordinary years in politics and public life have shaken Britain’s image of itself as a model of liberal democracy. The status of political parties, the media, and public officials have morphed and shifted as increasingly desperate attempts have been
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As interest in green business models increases all over the world, how can we make sure we’re eliminating destructive practices and not merely greenwashing them? What can we do to achieve growth that is regenerative rather than wasteful, and which instils equity rather than exacerbating inequalities? Per Espen Stoknes, Director of the Center for Sustainability
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Protecting children, our loved ones and even ourselves from discomfort is second nature, but author Farrah Storr argues that encouraging people, especially children, to face up to the reality of struggle and failure will ultimately make them braver, stronger and more equipped to deal with an ever-more complex world. Watch our latest RSA Spotlight –
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How do we eat, where does it come from, and what’s gone wrong? Our food systems are fragmented and plagued by short-termism. Even as we have become wealthier and enjoyed greater choice in what we eat, we have failed to balance health and environmental issues with fair and secure access to good quality food. Brexit
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Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, right? Wrong. This neoliberal ideal of “doing what you love” is actually a recipe for exploitation that is wreaking havoc on our lives and communities. Whether it’s working for exposure and experience, or enduring long hours and poor treatment in the name
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