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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 su
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, de
How did the world become addicted to fossil fuels? How did we discover that electricity may be our saviour?Who first sounded the alarm bell for climate change, and how could we seemingly ignore all these papers from the 1960s or 1970s musing th
What is fear costing you? Your career; connection with others; believing in yourself?Fear is part of all of our lives but left unchecked it can drive many negative emotions and hold us back from finding fulfilment. Fear of failure, inadequacy a
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 adve
RSA Student Design Awards 2021 Keynote AddressJoin us for this special event celebrating the 2020/21 RSA Student Design Awards programme and the power of design to make a positive social impact.The 2021 SDA Keynote Address will be delivered by
Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within families and within communities drives thousands of young people into homelessness. In the US, studies show that LGBTQ+ youths make up 40% of the nation’s total homeless youth population, despite LGBT
Rethinking Education III | Beyond the School Gates: the role of schools in the wellbeing of communities  Throughout the pandemic, schools have played a central role in the wellbeing of local communities, especially in the most disadvantaged are
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 t
As nation-states grapple with generation-defining issues from the Covid-19 pandemic to the climate crisis, what role does civil society play in addressing the issues of our time?For the first time since President Biden took office and the UK le
In ordinary times, our exam system ensures that a third of young people finish school without the qualifications they need to progress. Now, after two years of cancelled exams, public dismay at algorithmic blindness to the true nature of studen
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 a
What if women’s untapped power to make change was harnessed to fight the climate crisis?Climate change affects us all globally – but it does not affect us all equally. Vast social and economic inequities mean we don’t all contribute to the clim
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 theo
Government policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic have reignited the universal basic income (UBI) debate, showing us the vital lifeline that income support can provide. In the US, Congress has distributed nearly $850 billion through thre
If the way we give to those in need reflects on our values and virtue as a society, what do we see today?Charitable giving has grown in response to the huge areas of need that the Covid crisis has exposed and intensified, in the form of mutual
The speed with which Covid-19 vaccines have been developed represents a significant achievement for humanity and is providing hope for a way out of the pandemic, but the rollout so far has been unequal: high and middle-income countries are able
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 i
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,
How can we all play a part in changing our ‘fast fashion’ culture? The fashion industry accounts for around 10% of global carbon emissions and a huge amount of pollution and waste. Sustainable fashion means change across the system: from how ma
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 mom
The 2021 Albert Medal EventSarah Gilbert is the scientist who designed the Oxford Vaccine – one of the most significant breakthrough developments in the global fight against coronavirus. As she receives the 2021 RSA Albert Medal for ‘collaborat
Catching the creative wave: digital learning after lockdownThe 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 rethin
There is no secret formula for success, but what if there was a pattern you could follow to help you accomplish your goals?Certain features of accomplishment are universal: it might not be an exact science, but if you look at the successes of o
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
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