Is modern work actually productive, or just an end in itself? 'The most influential anthropologist in the world', David Graeber, will explore how ‘meaningless’ jobs have become so widespread, and what we can do about it.
Videos & Audio
Jennifer Palmieri, former Director of Communications for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama – visits the RSA to issue an open invitation to all women to forge a new model of leadership.
How can learning be strengthened to meet the demands of the 21st century? RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor explores how we create an environment of active learning and increase opportunities for development and fulfilment. ...
Professor David Harvey, the world’s leading expert on Karl Marx, explains the continued importance of Marx’s analysis and how we can apply it to today's economy and society.
From carpenters to lawyers, and from beauty therapists to IT consultants, there are now close to 5 million people in the UK who count themselves as self-employed.
Will AI and robotics lead to the decimation of our labour market? Our new report questions whether this concern is justified.
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, delivers his review for the Prime Minister into modern working practices.
We call for a movement of mass self-organising among the self-employed, and set out a number of ideas to take grassroots initiatives from the margins to the mainstream.
Articles & Blogs
15th June 2018
Anthony Painter argues that instead of trying patch up a fundamentally flawed welfare system, we now need revolutionary change leading towards a Universal Basic Income and other major reforms.
RSA Fellows and invited guests met in Tokyo to explore new ways to improve the working environment. After presentations, participants were challenged to design their own ideal workspace. In two months’ time, participants ...
29th May 2018
Bullshit jobs may well be commonplace. But don't blame some imagined conspiracy. Blame awful managers.
21st May 2018
The allure of a 4-day working week is understandable. But it will remain a pipe dream unless we can address endemic low pay, the affront of technology on our leisure time and unwarranted employer expectations.
The number of people working for themselves has reached a record high. Yet there is still much that we do not know about them. Our aim is to plug this gap in thinking and explore the reasons why greater numbers are turning ...
- Fellow Project
Providing tailored training programmes that create sustainable employment for people with disabilities.
- Fellow Project
Sitooterie provides opportunities for homeless people to be involved in design and construction projects.
The ‘Valuing your Talent’ initiative comes at a time when productivity is still below its pre-recession level and follows the publication of an OECD Skills Survey which showed the importance of improving the country’s skills ...
Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 18:00
Great Room, RSA House
As the RSA launches its new Future Work Centre, an expert panel considers how we can harness new technologies to create a better world of work.
- Fellow Event
Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 18:00
Impact Hub, Birmingham
In 2018 we are exploring and learning from ways in which entrepreneurs, innovators, makers and citizens in and around Birmingham are responding to advances in technology which together herald the Fourth Industrial Revolution ...
Thursday 17th May 2018
Great Room Auditorium
Is modern work actually productive, or just an end in itself? 'The most influential anthropologist in the world', David Graeber, will explore how ‘meaningless’ jobs have become so widespread, and what we can do about it. ...
- Fellow Event
Tuesday 15th May 2018
At their next event, RSA JFN will explore how the senses can be used to boost workers’ motivation, health and happiness. Sanae Okazaki FRSA will share findings from her company’s research into the effect of high resolution ...