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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

Roman Krznaric

Roman Krznaric

public philosopher

 

Roman Krznaric on Thinking Long-Term

Thursday 16th July 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

From climate crisis to the next pandemic, the existential threat of short-termism is now all too clear. Drawing on ideas and movements from around the world, public philosopher Roman Krznaric shows how a shift to long-term thinking can help us create more just, secure and sustainable societies - and set us on a path to becoming the good ancestors that future generations deserve.

 

Register Here: Roman Krznaric on Thinking Long-Term

Linda Scott

Linda Scott

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford

 

Linda Scott on Powering Women's Potential

Tuesday 14th July 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

Women’s economic subordination is a global problem that affects us all. Gender equality, often treated as an afterthought or a luxury only wealthy countries can afford, is essential for stabilising and strengthening our economies, bettering our societies, and liberating women across the world. Economist Linda Scott examines the growing body of evidence that we all do better when women do better.

 

Register Here: Linda Scott on Powering Women's Potential

Clenton Farquharson MBE, Professor Donna Hall CBE

Clenton Farquharson MBE, Professor Donna Hall CBE

 

Reimagining Health and Social Care

Thursday 9th July 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

What are the alliances, practices, tools and behaviours that will best support a united health and care system in the move towards long term change? Can we create a model of public service that is agile and resilient, able to cope with crisis and meet the needs and expectations of today’s citizens? With Professor Donna Hall CBE, Clenton Farquharson MBE, Think Local Act Personal and Matthew Swindells, digital and healthcare adviser.

 

Register Here: Reimagining Health and Social Care

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping

UK High-Level Climate Action Champion, COP26

 

Nigel Topping on Greening the Recovery

Friday 3rd July 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

Nigel Topping is the UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion for the pivotal COP26 climate talks. The Covid-19 crisis may have postponed the summit by a year, but we can now seize the opportunity to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, he argues - if we get the recovery right.

 

Watch Now: Nigel Topping on Greening the Recovery

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

CEO of New America

 

Anne-Marie Slaughter on the Building Blocks of Progress

Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

Injustice and inequality are holding us back from becoming the best society we can be, and we need to make change together, on every level. CEO of New America Anne-Marie Slaughter explores how we can enact values that make us proud.

 

Watch Now: Anne-Marie Slaughter on the Building Blocks of Progress

Anneliese Dodds MP and Martin Sandbu

Anneliese Dodds MP and Martin Sandbu

 

Anneliese Dodds and Martin Sandbu on A Blueprint for Good Work

Wednesday 1st July 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

Can we design recovery measures to address deep-seated issues of economic inequality and insecurity? Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Anneliese Dodds MP and the FT’s Martin Sandbu share policy ideas to improve job quality and increase prosperity for people and places in every part of the UK.

 

Watch Now: Anneliese Dodds and Martin Sandbu on A Blueprint for Good Work

Laura McInerney and Kiran Gill

Laura McInerney and Kiran Gill

 

Placing Schools at the Heart of Community

Tuesday 30th June 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the extent to which schools have been plugging gaps in the care of vulnerable children. Can we develop a new vision and shared responsibility for young people’s education, health and wellbeing - one that places schools at the heart of a much wider community network of support?

With Kiran Gill, The Difference; Laura McInerney, Teacher Tapp; and Kayleigh Wainwright, UK Youth.

Watch Now: Placing Schools at the Heart of Community

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester

 

Andy Burnham on Locally Driven Change

Thursday 25th June 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

As Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham is working to shape the future of the city region, designing services and implementing policies with a central goal of improving people’s health. Leading a transition from crisis to recovery, he describes how devolved and integrated approaches are critical in supporting agility and resilience in health, care and local services.

 

Watch Now: Andy Burnham on Locally Driven Change

Ted Howard

Ted Howard

co-founder and president, Democracy Collaborative

 

Ted Howard on Building Community Wealth and Resilience

Thursday 18th June 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

Ted Howard is co-founder and president of the Democracy Collaborative, and pioneer of the community wealth-building movement. In conversation with the RSA’s Anthony Painter, he shares his vision for a post-pandemic social and economic reconstruction rooted in community transformation.

 

Watch Now: Ted Howard on Building Community Wealth and Resilience

Carl Frey and Laetitia Vitaud

Carl Frey and Laetitia Vitaud

 

Good Work - Now and in the Future

Thursday 11th June 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

The global pandemic crisis has intensified the need for new thinking to address labour market trends such as automation, employment precarity and economic insecurity. Alan Lockey is joined in conversation by future work experts Carl Frey and Laetitia Vitaud to discuss how we make sure the post-pandemic future is one where good work is enjoyed by all.

Watch Now: Good Work - Now and in the Future

John Keane

John Keane

Professor of Politics; University of Sydney

 

John Keane on the Fate of Democracy

Thursday 4th June 2020 at 13:00 (BST)

Governments and states start to look and behave differently in times of crisis. Political theorist John Keane reflects on what our current challenges may reveal about the nature of an anti-democratic trend he observes taking hold across the world, and what it will take to uphold and strengthen the ideals and practices of power-sharing democracy.

Watch Now: John Keane on the Fate of Democracy

Nicole Curato and Sumana Nandi

Nicole Curato and Sumana Nandi

 

Engaging citizens in shaping policies fit for the future

Monday 1st June 2020 at 13:00 (BST)  

How can governments and people work better together in crisis and beyond? Rebecca Willis, Climate Assembly UK; Claire Mellier, Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat; Sumana Nandi, XRANA (XR- Affinity Network of Asia) and Nicole Curato, University of Canberra explore the role of deliberative democracy from Covid-19 to climate emergency.

In partnership with the Digital Global Solutions Summit

Watch Now: Engaging citizens in shaping policies fit for the future

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.

Watch Now: 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

Economists

 

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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