The Frugal Innovator - RSA

The Frugal Innovator

Public talks


RSA House, London

  • Enterprise

Leading authority on creativity and innovation, Charles Leadbeater visits the RSA to present a powerful new model of social change for an age of austerity and ecological restraint – "frugal innovation".


In a world of rising population, exploding demand among consumers on modest incomes and global pressure to minimise environmental damage, a wave of innovators and entrepreneurs from developing countries have shown that extraordinary technical and social advances can be achieved, despite scarce capital and resources.

Based around four key design principles – “lean, simple, clean, social” - frugal innovation promises to offer radical solutions to social challenges faced by organisations, individuals and communities worldwide.


Speaker: Charles Leadbeater, writer and adviser on innovation and creativity.

Chair: Sophie Thomas, co-director of design, RSA.