Spring 2008

News

RDI summer school participants

The Royal Designers Summer School sets new challenges

The RDI launches its 8th Summer School. Each year the Royal Designers invite 30 young designers to a four-day design experience in a rural location.

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Dragons invest in social care

Five inspirational initiatives win support from the Meet the Dragons project.

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Channel 4 partnership

Both organisations will work together to develop ways in which greater public value, beyond the screen, can be delivered via the use of new digital technologies.

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RSA launches education network for schools

The RSA, in partnership with the Innovation Unit, has brought together a network of education practitioners to drive innovation and change in schools.

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Election of deputy chair

This year the trustee board will, with the concurrence of the AGM, elect a deputy chair from among the Fellowship.

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Short films to debate environmental crises

Animate Projects and RSA Arts & Ecology, in partnership with Arts Council England and Channel 4, have commissioned seven artists to make short films for the internet exploring ecological themes.

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Government approves funding for RSA Academy in Tipton

The government has approved funding for the development of the RSA Academy.

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Features

Why children need space

We need to halt children's retreat from public spaces and improve the quality of their relationships with their peers and elders, says David Willetts, the shadow secretary of state for education

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The root of the problem

Food security has risen up the political agenda, but sufficiency of supply is not the whole challenge say Dr David Barling, Professor Tim Lang and Rosalind Sharpe.

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Fighting for human rights

Asma Jahangir is a Pakistani lawyer and the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of religion. The foreign correspondent of the year, Christina Lamb, met her in Lahore to discuss taking on mullahs, generals and feudal lords.

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Art in the danger zone

Artists are providing new perspectives on the subject of war, says RSA head of arts Michaela Crimmin as she explores the history of art and conflict and introduces

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White noise

Fellow and author Michael Collins gives a personal reflection on why television continues to provide a distorted portrayal of the white working class.

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Shopping for skills

Today's approach to education encourages children to pick and choose topics at the expense of learning core subject knowledge, says Michael Young. He met Ian McGimpsey, the RSA's senior manager for education, to discuss alternative curriculums and whether progressive education has gone too far.

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In conversation: mentoring

This 'in conversation' brings together two Fellows, Paul Miller and Matt Kepple, to discuss mentoring and their personal experiences of it.

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Enhancing intelligence

Can parents, employers or the state create environments that will make people cleverer? Professor James Flynn debates this and urges us all to fall in love with ideas.

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The joy of failure

Evidence suggests that we are a risk-averse nation and therefore deny ourselves avenues for growth, says Fellow Mitchell Sava. Success can be limiting and instead we should embrace the glory of failure.

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Journal Extra

David Cotterrell

David Cotterrell

Following his written observations and picture essay in the Spring Journal, artist David Cotterrell expands on his experiences living with British troops in Afghanistan.

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