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Bridges to the Future: online Event series

At a time of global crisis, RSA Public Events hosts a new series of online conversations with leading public thinkers to help us make sense of this moment; respond to its challenges with compassion and good judgement; and chart a path to a more resilient collective future.

Our guests explore what this emergency reveals about our economies, our societiesourselves – and how we might shape new ways of learning, working and caring for each other, and create more secure, sustainable lives and livelihoods for all.

Watch the latest 'Bridges to the Future' event

Anatol Lieven

Anatol Lieven

Professor at Georgetown University


Anatol Lieven on National Responses to Global Challenge

Thursday 28th May 2020 at 13:00 (BST)


Anatol Lieven, Professor at Georgetown University, Qatar, examines the importance of the nation state as a building block in tackling global challenges such as climate change. With no time to waste, how can we mobilise the national structures and institutions we have at our disposal to become resilient in the face of crisis and maintain social cohesion? Professor Lieven explores the realist route to a stronger, more unified world.

Register Here: Anatol Lieven on National Responses to Global Challenge

Adair Turner

Adair Turner

Chairman of the Energy Transitions Commission


Adair Turner on Economic Policy for a Post-Crisis World

Thursday 21st May 2020 at 13:00 (BST)


Adair Turner, Chairman of the Energy Transitions Commission, explores the policy choices facing governments as we move from crisis response measures to longer-term economic recovery planning. What steps can we take now to build a better economy – one that enhances the health of people and ecosystems?

Watch Now: Adair Turner on Economic Policy for a Post-Crisis World

Katherine Trebeck

Katherine Trebeck

Advocacy & Influencing Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll)


Katherine Trebeck on Building Back Better

Thursday 14th May 2020 at 13:00 (BST)


New polling shows that a substantial majority of the public now want government to focus on improving health and wellbeing over economic growth. Dr Katherine Trebeck of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance joins Jamie Cooke, Head of RSA Scotland, to discuss the new policy ideas that could bring about that change.


Watch Now: Katherine Trebeck on Building Back Better

Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

UCL Professor and author of The Value of Everything



Mariana Mazzucato on New Economic Approaches

Thursday 7th May 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

Leading economist Mariana Mazzucato explores the potential for new structures, strategies and alliances to lay the foundations for an inclusive and sustainable post-crisis economy.


Watch Now: Mariana Mazzucato on New Economic Approaches  

Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist


Jonathan Haidt on the Social Psychology of Crisis

Tuesday 5th May 2020 at 18:00 (BST)

Before the pandemic outbreak, we had been living through a period of increasing polarisation. But now that Covid-19 crisis is revealing the full extent of our shared vulnerability and common humanity, is there an opportunity for us to come together to heal some of those divides?

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist who studies how our moral and political intuitions are formed.

Watch Now: Jonathan Haidt on the Social Psychology of Crisis

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Co-President, The Club of Rome


Sandrine Dixson-Declève on Emerging from Emergency

Thursday 30th April 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

Leading sustainability expert Sandrine Dixson-Declève calls on international leaders to ensure that economic recovery plans are targeted to restoring the balance between people and nature for future wellbeing and resilience.


Watch Now: Sandrine Dixson-Declève on Emerging from Emergency  

Anne Case and Angus Deaton

Anne Case and Angus Deaton



Anne Case and Angus Deaton on Capitalism in Crisis

Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 18:00 (BST)

The flaws in our social and economic system are proving fatal to some parts of the population. Renowned economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton examine why the patterns of progress we had come to take for granted – longer life expectancy, rising wages – no longer hold true, and the effects on the people whom capitalism has failed. They explore how the Covid-19 crisis has exposed and exacerbated the forces threatening health, equality, and welfare, and offer a hopeful account of how society can be overhauled to provide a framework for people to live dignified and meaningful lives.

Watch Now: Anne Case and Angus Deaton on Capitalism in Crisis

Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan

CEO and entrepreneur


Margaret Heffernan on How to Map the Future Together

Thursday, 23 April, 13.00 (BST)

The current crisis shows that uncertainty is now an ineradicable fact of life. CEO and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan has closely studied the organisations that adapt most successfully to change, and has found that, in complex environments, an over-reliance on ‘efficiency’ is a hazard, not a help. We should be focusing less on technology, she argues, and investing more in people. It’s by cultivating and harnessing human skills – creativity, empathy, curiosity – that we’re best prepared to meet unexpected challenges, and build a more robust, resilient future.

Watch Now: Margaret Heffernan on How to Map the Future Together

Nicholas Christakis

Nicholas Christakis

Physician, sociologist and network scientist


Nicholas Christakis on the Blueprint for a Good Society

Thursday, 16 April, 13.00 (BST)

Nicholas Christakis is a physician, sociologist and network scientist at Yale University, who studies human nature and the organisation of societies. In conversation with Matthew Taylor, he discusses how to co-ordinate an efficient public health response to Covid-19; and how to treat those affected with dignity and compassion. The key to an effective response, he argues, is to be found in our innate social natures - our impulses towards cooperation, learning and goodness.

Watch Now: Nicholas Christakis on the Blueprint for a Good Society

Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg

Professor of social science, New York University


Eric Klinenberg on Social Solidarity in Crisis and Beyond

Tuesday, 14 April,18.00 (BST)

Eric Klinenberg, professor of social science at New York University, argues that policies that promote social solidarity and invest in social infrastructure are critical to effective crisis response, and to building a better world beyond immediate emergency.



Watch Now: Eric Klinenberg on Social Solidarity in Crisis and Beyond

Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford


Ian Goldin on Global Responses to Crisis

Thursday, 9 April, 13.00 (BST)

Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford, joins us to reflect on how the current state of globalisation has left us vulnerable to systemic risks such as pandemics, and how these could be mitigated through international cooperation.



Watch now: Ian Goldin on Global Responses to Crisis

John Howkins

John Howkins

Author and visiting professor, University of Lincoln


Creative Approaches for Tomorrow's World

Thursday, 2 April, 13.00 (BST)

John Howkins is a leading figure in the global understanding of work and creativity. Join us online as John explores how creativity can equip us for the future, helping us realise our purpose and adapt to a new world of work.



Watch now: Creative Approaches for Tomorrow's World

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