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Here at the RSA and across the 101 countries where we have Fellows there is always something interesting going on…

My colleague Emma from the Social Brain team beat me to the first RSA blog post of the New Year with a rather timely reflection on new beginnings, so rather than try to outdo her on that front, I suggest you check out her post titled New Year, so where’s the new stationery?

Now Matthew of course, never stopped - here are three recent posts from late 2012 to first thing 2013 that you might want to scan through and comment:

Meanwhile, with Emma's frame of a fresh exercise book, let's look at what's been penciled in for the RSA Fellowship for the first few weeks of 2013...

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 coming up in the next couple of weeks – to see the full list check out the Google Calendar on the where you are pages on our website (where you can also find more details + add the events to your own calendar).

It is not all events in January though, there's something for the commute as well. Did you read the latest Journal cover to cover?

Here are my five favourite articles from the latest issue:

  • Design for life - Socially responsible design is transforming cities and their inhabitants in the developing world
  • Can cities save us? - Dr Benjamin Barber outlines why a parliament of mayors could benefit everybody
  • Rethinking capitalism - We should start treating the economy as a garden, suggest Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu
  • Not business as usual - Dov Seidman explains that how companies do things is becoming more important than what they do

...and number five: as a recovering technologist myself, I of course also took special interest in Clive Grinyer's article on the life of Bill Moggridge RDI: The man who designed the present.

What were yours? Share them below or let me know via Twitter @michaelambjorn - and do share a picture of your favourite place to read the Journal on the RSA Flickr Group. There's a free coffee in the Gerard Bar for the best picture (measured by the one that has the most 'favourites' added by the 15th of January 2013.

Fellows in action

The Fellowship Council is going from strength to strength and you can now find more detailed proceedings from their meetings on the RSA website. You can find the full set here and here are a couple good practice exchanges worth a special mention:


  • Angels Attic – Tony Hoskins introduced Catalyst-linked case study

That's it for this edition, look out for the next one in a fortnight's time.

Michael Ambjorn is Head of Fellowship – Follow @michaelambjorn


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