As part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival, the RSA will explore the idea of an 'enlightened city', where small creative initiatives are nurtured, empowering citizens to be at the forefront of social change. Fellows and non-Fellows are invited to join in the discussion and share their own thoughts and ideas.
Is Chelmsford a city in character or in name only? Is it adapting to changes in the way we work, travel, act locally, the sharing economy, how we care for each other and the environment? Or is it stuck in a rut – car-dominated, culture-lite, consumerist? Are house builders and businesses anticipating the future to be fit for 2050? How can we all contribute to the vitality of our neighbourhoods and the city?
Enlightened city-making: RSA key areas for change
Creativity is at the heart of innovation, enterprise and good places to live. But we are increasingly expected to be resourceful, imaginative & self-reliant to shape our communities, with the help of amazing digital tools. The RSA says everyone has the power to create and to play a role in enlightened, active communities. We will look at the power to create the city, through three sessions based on the RSA areas for change.
Creative Learning and Development
Public Services and Communities
Economy, Enterprise & Manufacturing
This event is open to all Fellows, whether based in the Chelmsford area or further afield, as the discussions and points raised will be relevant for all.
City Transformations Walk
Following the discussion, there will also be a City Transformations Walk, exploring the changing areas in Chelmsford. What does new development tell us about the way Chelmsford is changing to adapt for the future? Join citizens, urban practitioners and academics on this tour to explore what current design means for future life in England's newest city. Organised by Changing Chelmsford, the Academy of Urbanism and Anglia Ruskin University.
When booking for the discussion, please let us know if you would like to also join in the walk from 3pm - 5.30pm.
If you have any questions, please contact Roger Etop: Roger.Estop@chelmsford.gov.uk
Location: Chelmsford Cathedral, 53 New St, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1TY