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The RSA Shorts series provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world. It responds to the ever-increasing need for new ideas and inspiration in our busy lives and acts as a jolt of 'mental espresso' that will awaken the curiosity in all of us.
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18 Nov 2014
What should we teach our children, and what important information should all adults have at their disposal? Legendary QI producer John Lloyd turns his curiosity to knowledge itself, and questions whether intelligence is really all it's cracked up to be.
24 Sep 2014
The 21st century presents us with huge challenges. How can we empower people to be active participants in creating a world we want to live in? Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, offers a vision for the future - a world where every individual has the freedom and opportunity to develop their unique capabilities to the full.
27 May 2014
What if you really could change the world? Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner, firmly believes that each and every one of us can and should contribute to creating a better world. In this empowering RSA Short Jody explains why it is so important to strive to make a difference.
28 Apr 2014
Bestselling author Dan Pink shows us how to influence others more effectively; it’s as simple as A-B-C. Whether we're employees pitching to our bosses, parents and teachers cajoling kids, or politicians presenting new policies, we can all improve the way we persuade others.
25 Mar 2014
Our politicians are hung up on keeping the growth curve rising. But does GDP really tell us all we need to know about a country's wealth and well-being? In this new RSA Short, Kate Raworth makes a powerful argument to look beyond economic growth alone for a true measure of prosperity and progress.
14 Jan 2014
Can you really have your cake and eat it? According to Michael Pollan, you can. In this fun RSA Short, Pollan explains how to eat well by following one simple rule without the need for fad diets or deprivation.
10 Dec 2013
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.
09 Jul 2013
In this RSA Shorts video, Sir Ken Robinson argues that education, organisations and communities need to be built on a model of diversity rather than conformity, so that every individual is able to discover and develop their unique talents and abilities.
22 Oct 2012
Journalist and author Jonah Lehrer argues that brainstorming produces less original ideas than those people who work by themselves.
22 Oct 2012
Author Susan Cain shines a spotlight on introverts and reveals how over time our society has come to look to extroverts as leaders.
08 Feb 2012
This film was the winner of the RSA / Nominet Trust Film Competition Award 2012. It was from this competition that the RSA Shorts series was born.
08 Feb 2012
This film came second in the RSA / Nominet Trust Film Competition Award 2012. It was from this competition that the RSA Shorts series was born.