The impending adventure of fatherhood will soon be upon me which seems to have caused a certain rush of blood to the head. Like many soon to be fathers I seem to be trying to get everything done before our addition arrives including a 175km bike ride around Pembrokeshire in gale force winds and hail. This particular activity was most definitely on the edge of type three fun but that’s for another time.
This desire to make things happen has of course spilled over into my work world where I have been arranging meetings, organising events and trying to help as many Fellows and RSA Academies projects as possible.
We have a venue, we have the date, we even have a plan for the 26th BUT what we need now is your ideas, projects and passions!
I’ve now been with the RSA for almost two years and I am still amazed by the energy and enthusiasm of Fellows to support an idea or start one themselves. The latter always feels to me to be one of the hardest things to do.
I’ve been trying it myself with a schools-based mentoring project called Broadening Horizons with some help from Eleanor at LKMco. I’m not wonderfully creative, which mean I have to work hard at getting my ideas and thoughts out. For me this normally involves a pile of post-it notes, some flip chart paper and a BIG table. I’ve been wondering recently if there was a way I could help my process. Thanks to Nat Hunter from the RSA’s Design Team I’ve been exploring the Development, Impact & You Toolkit. It is red, interactive and full of lots of different ways of structuring your thinking when you are shaping your ideas into a project. Take a look and let me know what you think.
I couldn’t have developed all this energy without great RSA Fellows across the Midlands inspiring me. They are doing great work to improve their communities and shape them for the future - I’m not going to name names but hopefully you know who you are.
My challenge is that I can’t be everywhere and see everything; I don’t have the capacity which means I’m always going to miss people, ideas and projects. That isn’t good.
So what can we do?
One idea the Fellowship team has been working on is to bring Fellows together to share their ideas, projects and meet each other somewhere social. We’ve done this already in Manchester, Bristol and London, but now it’s time for the Midlands Fellowship to get in on the act. On Thursday 26 June we will be helping local Fellows stand up on stage and shout about their work.
You have the chance to spend FIVE minutes talking about your idea to a room of Fellows from the Midlands. Intermixed with these pitches we are aiming to mix you up with other Fellows to talk about what you do so you can create serendipitous connections and get discussing the things you want to improve in your community and region.
We have a venue, we have the date, we even have a plan BUT what we need now is your ideas, projects and passions!
You have the chance to spend FIVE minutes talking about your idea
We already have a few pitches pencilled in but we want to hear your ideas and give you a platform to speak. So if you want to raise the profile of your idea, find some people from the Fellowship who can help you and get the message out there then send me your details now so we can help you. If you don’t have a project you want support with don’t worry. We still need your skills and knowledge to support those ideas that are discussed so please come along and offer your support.
Richard Pickford & the RSA West Midlands Fellowship Team
@pickfordrich & @RSAwm