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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.

By 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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Our Mission

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.

Discover more about our values, what we do and how we work

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.

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. 

Our Fellowship

All of our work is made possible by the support of our Fellows. If you are inspired by new ideas and share our commitment to positive social change then we want to hear from you.