RSA Breakfast Club is a weekly opportunity to meet other Fellows and start the day with a purposeful conversation.
Grab a coffee and some breakfast to fuel an informal conversation around the Fellowship table. Every week we discuss a different question that contains the energy for social change. Come along if you are curious and don't worry about being an expert - the more diverse the voices present, the more constructive and interesting the coversation is!
How it works: the host will introduce the topic in a maximum of ten minutes and set out the question(s) for discussion, before facilitating a conversation around the table. After breakfast each member of the group will be invited to commit to take action to develop the conversation and make positive change where they can, within their spheres of influence.
If there is a question you'd like to bring or a conversation you are itching to start, please get in touch with Alice, Rawthmells Events and Programme Manager, with a short description of your topic as well as some dates that work for you.
Location: Dr Cross Room, Rawthmells Coffeehouse, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZ
Upcoming Breakfast Club conversations:
Wednesday 17th July
- How might we lead with our whole self by integrating the masculine and feminine? In today’s climate the words male, female, masculine and feminine are frequently met with resistance and confusion. Join Thom Dennis FRSA and Jessica Ball for a collaborative inquiry into the complexity of gender stereotypes and innate human qualities that influence both our wellbeing and leadership abilities. Thom and Jessica believe that in coming to recognise the qualities of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ energy beyond gender, we are able to explore how an increased understanding of healthy expressions of these energies, and an embodied sense of how to best apply them to professional and personal life, will allow us to act and respond with our whole selves, from a place of serenity.
Wednesday 24th July
- Join Angus Jenkinson FRSA to discuss ‘The Unseeing Dilemma: Curiosity’s extraordinary provocateur’. Author China Mieville dreamt up an extraordinary conceit for his 2009 detective novel, The City & the City. He unfolds a pair of interlocked cities in the same space whose ancient history has led to differing cultures obviously revealed in language, clothing styles, architecture, and behaviours. But it is taboo for any inhabitant of either city to see or hear or in any way notice anything from the other city. They learn to unsee, to unhear. Because the alternative is frightful. Angus proposes that every one of us learns from childhood and through life to unsee, to unhear. Do you recognise this in your own life? In what ways are we collectively unseeing, unhearing? And what are the consequences? What do we need to learn to see, and how? Join this conversation over breakfast to be self- and socially-curious and to ask the question: could our personal problems, and societies troubles, be caused by unseeing?
Wednesday 31st July
- Do we need a global politics? With the advances in technology over the past forty years, humanity should be on track towards a golden age of prosperity with equality of opportunity for all. Instead, we have a world where poverty and unemployment continues to rise and social unrest and extreme politics is becoming the norm. Can we tackle this issue through the current nation state model, or do we need a new global politics? There are various ideas being discussed, and movements being created, for how a global politics can look - from one world government to a world parliament to a true United Nations. Could one of these work better than what we have now? Or do we need to find different new ideas for a global politics not thought of or discovered yet? Social entrepreneur David Barker FRSA, founder of Techcentre - The Social Innovation Agency (www.techcentre.com), has been exploring these questions over the last few years and will share his insights with the breakfast club for discussion, debate and to co-design new ideas to move forward with together.
Please note that there are no events in Rawthmells throughout August. If you'd like to host an RSA Breakfast Club, please get in touch via email@example.com.
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