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The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action.

We believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.

We work to bring about the conditions for this change, not just amongst our diverse Fellowship, but also in institutions and communities.

London Living Wage logoBy sharing powerful ideas and carrying out cutting-edge research, we build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate - creating fulfilling lives and a flourishing society.

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RSA Fellowship

RSA Fellowship

The Fellowship is a global network of 28,000 people who support the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action.

Fellows have access to the brightest new ideas, innovative projects, a diverse network of like-minded people and a platform for social change. If you are committed to supporting the mission of the RSA then we want to hear from you.

Join the fellowship

Become an RSA Trustee

Become an RSA Trustee

Do you want to help shape the direction of the RSA? We are very pleased to announce that the RSA Trustee board is now open for the nomination of two new members.

The RSA Board is the governing body of the charity and oversees all its activities. The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for organisational strategy, resourcing, risk management and the supervision of all the RSA’s business affairs.


Our work

Each research project we undertake, every event we host and the ideas we promote, all further our core mission of 21st century enlightenment. Find out more about our work.

Our Mission

Our mission is 21st century enlightenment: enriching society through ideas and action. Everything that the RSA does is driven by this mission, as we aim to empower more people to apply their creativity to bringing about positive social change.

Archive and history

Discover more about the 260-year history of the RSA. The archive shows our total commitment to preserving our past, recording our present, and inspiring our future.