Here at the RSA and across the 101 countries where we have Fellows there is always something interesting going on.
Just one example is tonight's Student Design Awards, now in their 88th year - making for the world's longest running competition for emerging design talent - alumni of which includes Sir Jonathan Ive of Apple fame and others.
Next year it is kicking off in a localised version in the US - part of the growing internationalization of the RSA's work thanks to the leadership of our US board (and a bit of help from Catalyst - and there'll be more about going global from my colleague Josef Lentsch in a future post).
It can be difficult to keep track of it all. You may find part of the solution here...
Our head of technology, Clive Holdsworth, is leading a stream of work - involving the Fellowship Council's Digital Engagement Group as well as Fellows in general - mapping out how digital tools might help solve some of those problems over time. One of the key recommendations to emerge from this so far (and from the Fellowship Survey earlier in the year) is the perhaps not surprising requirement in this LinkedIn / Facebook / Twitter-driven age: provide Fellows with an activity stream-based place that aggregates activity - news and updates on events, networks and projects - that is relevant to them together in one place... Our hard working Online Community Manager Matthew Mezey built a basic prototype as part of his 7 ways to become an online RSA Fellow. There is much more to be done though.
We'll invite Clive to guest blog here in the near future to talk more about how this work is in progressing, but in the short term I'd like to plug the gap with a simple hand-assembled approach - looking at what happened in the last two weeks - and the two weeks ahead. The fortnight in Fellowship; somewhat squared.
I actively invite you to help make it better over time by adding your comments to this post / putting the word out about it on your favourite social platform so other Fellows, and those inspired by Fellowship activities, can find it.
The fortnight in Fellowship [somewhat squared]
Top of the agenda at the moment is the elections for the Fellowship Council which includes vacancies for Regional / National Chairs, Regional Councillors and a number of At-Large Councillors - Adam Lent made a compelling call to action earlier on today over on his RSA blog, mixing Marvell and Murray (highly topical at the time of writing). The deadline is this Friday so get the vote out if you haven't already.
The elections are RSA Fellows’ chance to decide who will shape the future of their region and the future of Fellowship itself.
Those elected will take office in September – with the first Fellowship Council of the session being the 20th of September. After the Trustee board has reviewed the latest Fellowship Council Impact Report we'll be updating this post with a link to it (and if you subscribe to the RSS feed or via email and you won't miss a thing).
The seed-bed: a selection of lectures, events and networks leading to new connections and collaborations
The following are just a few of the events that took place in the last two weeks and are coming up in the next two - to see the full list of what's just passed and crucially, what is coming up in London, around the country and around the world, check out the Google Calendar on the where you are pages on our website.
There'll be Twitter-reporting from tomorrow's fully booked public lecture with cutting-edge behavioural economist Dan Ariely - it is titled Free beer: The truth about dishonesty and will be worth watching live online - and if you want to to ask a question at the Q+A please start your tweet ‘Q and be sure to include the hashtag #RSAdishonesty too.
In the next couple of weeks, RSA Fellows are set to meet in Cambridge, Glasgow, Manchester and many more cities - and linking to tonight's event in the Vaults here at the RSA with Esther Rantzen talking about philanthropy and the value of older people, Fellows in Surrey will be exploring 'some of the critical and increasingly significant issues of an aging population and the impact of changes to financial support through the Supporting People programme and other welfare reforms' - check out the Google Calendar on the where you are pages on our website for further details for that and other Fellow-led events.
Slightly further out than two weeks but worth mentioning is a workshop in Wales with Catalyst Programme Manager Alex Watson. The RSA set up Catalyst to support new, innovative ideas to tackle social problems. We provide grants and staff help to mobilise Fellows to support ideas helping people become more engaged, resourceful and pro-social, whether through new technology, the arts or social enterprise - and this is a good opportunity to come along and learn more.
Just completed - check out the social coverage and discover new connections
You can find the latest summaries compiled by Fellows and staff by searching for #TheRSA on Storify - and you can of course also add your own - and indeed share pictures from RSA public lectures, Fellowship events and other undertakings by adding them to our growing group on Flickr or by adding #TheRSA to your Twitter / Instagram / other social posts.
Last but not least, the latest on the Fellowship blog in case you missed it earlier:
That's it for this round - check back in two weeks for more - and if I missed something out or you think the above could be improved, let me know through the comments - or perhaps a timely heckle on Twitter.
Michael Ambjorn is Head of Fellowship – Follow @michaelambjorn