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The number one ask from Fellows is connecting and networking with Fellows.  Building on this the Regional team has been developing the RSA Engage series.  During 2015 we will deliver over 40 Engage events across the UK from Falmouth to Glasgow, Norwich to Dublin.  The series provides two types of activity:

Engage - targeted for larger audiences between 50-150

Connect - targeted at smaller groups of 20-30

Both Engage and Connect fuse together project-showcasing combined with structured networking. Essential for the project pitches is a core ask from Fellows, outlining their specific needs for help and support. Feedback from Fellows has been extremely positive with attendees enjoying the balance between the networking and opportunities to get involved in different projects. The series also offers attendees an increased understanding of the RSA’s charitable mission of finding practical solutions to social challenges.

engage networkingStaff will be delivering the series as core way to engage and network across the Fellowship. The Engage format has been developed through events in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and London. Upcoming locations for the series include Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle Gateshead and Nottingham, as well as continuing regular Engage activity in London.  This autumn we are developing the RSA Connect format which is aimed at smaller numbers focused on one or two projects, similar to Engage but on a smaller scale. Locations for Connect include Falmouth, Liverpool, Cheltenham and Exeter. The events take place where we have recognised clusters of Fellows and good transport links.

The Engage series will complement existing regional activity and provide a strong event framework and planned calendar of events across the UK, reaching as many Fellows as possible. With each event there will be tailored follow up on individual projects,  ideas, introductions and connections.

Our overall aims and objectives for the programme are:

Connect: providing structured networking sessions

Inform: outline RSA activity, projects and routes to engagement using 4 ways to engage

Inspire: demonstrate how the RSA enriches society through ideas and action

How can Fellows help or get involved?  You can volunteer to pitch at a future Engage event; please get in touch. The Engage series thrives on Fellows looking to share their stories and identify the help they need. We are keen to hear from Fellows and organisations who are seeking advice from the Fellowship and Fellows involved in venues that can provide RSA Spaces.

Whether you attend as a participant or a pitcher we look forward to meeting you at a future Engage event and exploring how you can help support and develop the work of the RSA. Email if you would like to get involved or simply find out more.

Vivs Long-Ferguson

Head of Regions

viv.long-ferguson@rsa.org.uk

@vivslf

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