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We combine practical experimentation with rigorous research to create a unique programme of work. ARC's approach is inspired by the RSA's history of solving big problems by unleashing the human potential for enterprise and creativity. In this spirit, we draw widely on the knowledge and experience of the RSA's Fellowship, working together on projects which are making a real-world positive social impact - find out how you can join this unique network.

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People Powered NHS: a Power to Create discussion paper

Personalisation has transformed lives, empowering thousands to design social care that fits their needs and aspirations. In this positive but clear-sighted essay, Alex Fox urges services and communities to maintain focus on the radical values underpinning personalisation, rather than become distracted by administrative and operational mechanisms.