What we do

The RSA is the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Our strapline, 21st century enlightenment, pays tribute to the 18th century founders of the organisation and to the pioneering spirit that inspired them.

At the heart of the RSA's contemporary mission and public debates about the future prospects for the human race is the question: 'Can we go on like this?' Will the ideas and values which transformed our world in the last two centuries be sufficient to find solutions to the challenges we now face or do we need new ways of thinking?

Bringing great ideas to global audiences, cutting across traditional political battle lines, carrying out cutting-edge research and development projects, undertaking practical innovation itself and by mobilising the talents and commitment of its 27,000 strong Fellowship: in this way the RSA is becoming the kind of organisation this century urgently needs.

Our 27,000 Fellows inspire, support and enable new solutions to address the problems of the 21st Century. If you share or demonstrate a commitment to positive social change then find out how you can support the RSA. Find out about our mission.

The RSA is registered as a charity in England and Wales no. 212424 and in Scotland no. SC037784