Anyway, enough politics -it’s my birthday today so I want to talk about more cheerful matters.
I mentioned earlier in the week how, at a conference organised by Homeless Link, I had interviewed some people recovering from terrible problems. One of the things that struck me about what they said was the role of creativity in helping their recovery. So for one woman in particular enrolling in a creative writing workshop had transformed her capacity for self-expression and increased her self-confidence.
I was reminded of this again by a fantastic article by Anne Karpf in The Guardian on Wednesday, in which she described the work of John Zeisel, a visiting professor at Salford University. He has been exploring ways in which design can help people suffering from Alzheimers and has designed a number of innovative care homes which have resulted in material improvements in the well-being and safety of patients with dementia.
Examples like this underline the importance of links between creativity and design and individual and collective well-being. It is an area the RSA has looked at before and is doing so again. As we align our activities around the core idea of ‘citizens for the future’, this is a rich seam for us to mine.
Learn about the twelve-month journey of The Good Work Guild and the recommendations its global network of Fellows and work practitioners have made.
Our healthcare system needs transformational change that creates the space for a new paradigm to emerge. Read about how our public entrepreneurship project can support this.
Ruth Hannah is inspiring you to submit your creative and courageous political project to the Innovation in Politics Awards 2022.