RSA Bridges to the Future: Fellowship Stories
During the disruption caused by Covid-19, RSA Fellows around the world are forging new opportunities to create positive change in society.
From the provision of education to investing in local services and communities, RSA Fellows have been developing projects that respond to the immediate effects of the pandemic and lay the groundwork for a better, more resilient future.
Listen to just a few examples of how Fellows - in their own words - are building bridges to the future:
The crisis has allowed us all to pause and examine what’s important in our lives.
Supporting black community groups
Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA - Greater Manchester, UK
Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have been hardest hit by Covid-19. But at a time when vulnerable sections of the community need more support, many BAME-led community organisations and charities are struggling with limited access to funding.
Hear how Marilyn’s project is tackling the structural barriers preventing BAME community groups from accessing funding in Greater Manchester, England.
Kate Kneale FRSA - Margate, UK
The independent shops, small businesses and creative industries of the UK’s seaside towns are suffering as a result of the pandemic.
In response, RSA Fellows have started a network of festivals across 9 coastal communities to support a creative sector-led regeneration of these local economies.
Listen to Kate tell the story of how the 'Back and Fill' project grew.
Helping disadvantaged students apply to study architecture and design at university
Kevin Green FRSA - London, UK
Education has come to a standstill for many children across the UK, with the hardest hit being children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In the wake of the crisis, STORE projects are running courses and after school clubs online - and on Minecraft - to help younger students from under-represented groups gain the skills and knowledge to apply for architecture and design courses at University.
Listen to Kevin explain how the project’s been supporting students across the country.
Clare Gage FRSA - Chesterfield, UK
How do we create our vision of a ‘new normal’? How can we become more active citizens in our communities?
Clare’s project puts creativity and crafts at the heart of deliberative democracy and open debate to engage more people as active citizens.
Listen to Clare discussing the potential for Create Our Future to build a new bridge to the future.
Tarik Fathallah FRSA - New York City, USA
At a time when fake news is crowding out newsfeeds, Tarik noticed misinformation on Covid-19 spreading among vulnerable communities in Africa.
Working with colleagues, Tarik developed a free, mobile-based service allowing people to fact-check and verify Covid-19 related information.
Listen to Tarik describe the project’s progress and his aspirations for its future impact.
The pandemic has led us to pause and reflect on our responses to the crisis. What have we learned during this time? How can we create a ‘new normal’ for the future?
Read some of the reflections of RSA Fellows:
- What are company boards for now? – Bob Garratt FRSA
- Virtual pleasure and peace in lockdown – Dee Degard FRSA
- It's time for democractic decision-making in the third sector - Mark Swift FRSA
- Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the structural deficit in the NHS - Smriti Singh FRSA
- Healthcare after crisis: lessons from Christchurch – Hannah Morley FRSA
- From tourists to stewards of nature - Edmund Barrow FRSA
- Self-managing teams during Covid-19: voices from wellbeing teams – Helen Sanderson FRSA
- Getting your idea to thrive in a complex system like the NHS – Karen Fitzgerald FRSA
- The role the ‘fair finance’ sector can play in the recovery – Mike Grimsdale FRSA
- A test of fairness and equality - Sharliza Rahman FRSA
- How do trade unions respond to the post-Covid economy? – Andrew Pakes FRSA
- A shadow pandemic: Covid-19 and domestic violence - Afifa Waheed FRSA
- The (local) road to recovery - Nick Forbes FRSA