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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.

Supported by our 29,000 Fellows, we share powerful ideas, carry out cutting-edge research and build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate, helping to create fulfilling lives and a flourishing society. If you're a champion of new ideas and want to support our mission of a 21st century enlightenment, then we want to hear from you - find out more about joining the Fellowship. 

Find out more about joining the Fellowship



Take a look back at the impact we made in 2017 

Read our strategic plan for 2018-20. 

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RSA Fellowship

RSA Fellowship

The Fellowship is a global network of 29,000 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

Rawthmells Coffeehouse

The RSA's new enlightenment coffeehouse, Rawthmells, is now open at RSA House. A space designed to foster creative thinking and collaborative action.

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Rawthmells Coffeehouse

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.