RSA Events programme

World-changing ideas. For free. For everyone. 

We believe in the power of ideas. We believe that everyone has a right to the very best new knowledge and analysis of our world, how it’s changing, and why that matters.

RSA Events has offered free public access to the brightest, sharpest, most courageous, most creative minds for more than 250 years.

Today, we engage more people than ever in the conversations that will shape the future, finding new ways to illuminate, inform and inspire. From talks, panels and podcasts to salons, screenings and award-winning animations.

Welcome to RSA Events. Inspirational Talks. Reasoned debate. Rich insights.

Naomi Shimada, RSA Events

Upcoming RSA events

  • Designing our futures: The 2022 RSA Student Design Awards

    RSA Event / Online

    RSA House and online via YouTube

    How can design help us to build a better future? Alice Rawsthorn, award-winning design critic, author and co-founder of Design Emergency, delivers the 2022 RSA Student Design Awards keynote address.

  • The social distance between us

    RSA Event / Online

    Online via YouTube

    Those in power are often at arm’s length from the problems they are in charge of solving – is this why social inequality remains so entrenched? Writer and rapper Darren McGarvey explores the social remoteness underpinning our failing systems, and what it would take to do better.

  • Where next for the UK’s local and regional economies?

    RSA Event / Online

    RSA House and Online via YouTube

    Combined authority mayors Andy Burnham and Andy Street visit the RSA to discuss how extended local powers and long-term funding will unlock the potential in people and places and improve outcomes for all communities.

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  • Can we be free in the age of the internet?

    RSA Event / Video / Online

    Online via YouTube

    How can we protect our right to think freely against the vast influence of the internet? Human rights lawyer Susie Alegre explores the long history and current state of the struggle to set our minds free.

  • Fighting and fixing systemic gender injustice

    RSA Event / Video / Online

    Online via YouTube

    Potential solutions for gender prejudice and injustice often require change from women, rather than the system that perpetuates the problem. Here, Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates demonstrates why we need to fix the system, not the women.

  • Dismantling racism in British education

    RSA Event / Video / Online

    Online via YouTube

    Designed as white by default, the British education system is in drastic need of change. Author, broadcaster and educator Jeffrey Boakye draws on his experiences and expertise as a black teacher and black student to share why change is necessary and what forms it should take.

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