Every Friday from midday at The Steps, our mini amphitheatre, is filled with social change conversations.
You're welcome to drop in, order some lunch and #jointheconversation. Talks are programmed on the hour from midday according to demand so come for one or stay all afternoon, it's up to you.
If you've got something to share - a challenge, an idea, some learnings - please get in touch with a short description, the date you'd like to speak and the format of your talk. You've got up to 50 minutes to engage the audience, gain useful insights or gather collaborators around your roject. Please see below for information about upcoming conversations, who else is speaking and available dates, and find some useful speaker notes here.
Upcoming conversations in 2019 are:
Friday 22nd March
Systems Change Chats: Tackling complex and uncertain problems with systems thinking
- Desire to effect real change in situations of social, economic, cultural and environmental complexity has seen seen recent growth in the number of people thinking and acting systemically. In this two-hour special edition of Friday Conversations hosted by The RSA, hear from speakers working on intractable challenges about what taking a systems thinking approach means in practice, and how it is helping people across different sectors explore future possibilities by shifting the way they view what’s around them.
In a slight departure from the usual format, each practitioner will lead a 30 min session, followed by a 30 min group discussion. The three speakers are designers, public sector entrepreneurs and change agents working on diverse projects of social and economic complexity and urgency.
- 12:00 Pairing systems thinking and human centred design: Kate Goodwin, Experience Design & Strategy Lead at strategic design consultancy Paper Giant will describe how systems thinking is being applied within a human centred design project to drive systemic change and improve justice outcomes for people with cognitive impairment, acquired brain injury (ABI) and dual disability who come into contact with the criminal justice system in Victoria, Australia.
- 12:30 How to be a Public Entrepreneur: Rowan Conway, Director of Innovation & Development at The RSA will make the case for the public entrepreneur, applying the RSA’s model of change “think like a system, act like an entrepreneur” to the challenges of innovation in government. What does it mean to be a public entrepreneur? What cultures, mindsets and competencies are needed to act entrepreneurially? What is required to shift public sector cultures and overcome immunity to innovation? This session will explore the forces that are driving the need for a new type of government actor and the ways to foster a culture that supports appropriate risk and innovation.
- 13:00 The Future of Sustainability: Daniel Ford and George Harding-Rolls, strategists at Forum for the Future, will give an overview of the dynamic shifts shaping the landscape of sustainability and explore how action for sustainability should be rooted in a systems approach, ultimately targeting the structures and mindsets that govern the way the world works.
- 13:30 Practitioners in dialogue
Friday 29th March
- At 1pm, join artist Dr Julia Lockheart FRSA and psychologist Professor Mark Blagrove FBPS to discuss “Can imagination, empathy and mutual understanding between people be enhanced by the public sharing and discussion of dreams, and the display and discussion of artworks capturing these dreams?” Dr Lockheart and Professor Blagrove collaborate in the art science project http://DreamsID.com in which members of the public share and discuss recent or intriguing dreams, and have the dreams captured in an artwork produced and visible to the audience during the discussion. The aim is to encourage conversations with family, friends and peers about the dream and the waking life circumstances of the dreamer, thus inspiring self-disclosure and mutual understanding. Attendees will be invited to explore whether this process might promote imagination and empathy in society, and asked to speculate about places, cohorts and situations where this art science collaboration might be beneficial.
Friday 5th April
- At 12pm Pip Mothersill will discuss her research at the MIT Media Lab exploring the seeming paradox of integrating serendipity into the computational tools we use in our creative process. Today’s digital technologies are increasingly leading us down ‘algorithmic rabbit holes’. These computational tools often value efficiency over serendipity, leading to a dangerous ‘averaging effect’ in the information we are then presented with. This is particularly alarming when we consider how we are increasingly relying on these tools in our creative process. In the early idea generation phases of the design process, embracing chance intrusions, seeming irrelevance and ambiguity can lead to considering concepts in different ways and provoke new ideas; qualities that are not often integrated into our current digital tools. In this Conversation, Pip will talk about the background to this research and also guide participants through a disruptive creative thinking exercise that uses some of her newly developed digital ideation tools to reimagine radically new ideas and approaches to some of the key RSA themes.
Friday 12th April
- At 1pm, join Liz Sayce OBE FRSA (and former CEO of Disability Rights UK) and Jane Hatton FCIPD FRSA, author of “A Dozen Brilliant Reasons to Employ Disabled People”, to discuss ‘The Future of Work: Opportunities for Disabled People and Employers.’ Work is changing and as AI and robotics develop, some jobs will disappear, and others will simply change. Trends towards more intense work, and less job security seem set to continue. At the same time Government has plans for another million disabled people to be in work by 2027. Some future trends offer opportunities; new technologies could boost inclusive employment; more flexible working patterns could enable people with health conditions to work where previously they have been shut out of the labour market. However, it won’t happen by itself. This is an opportunity to discuss who needs to do what – government, employers, skills providers, technology companies – to make the new worlds of work inclusive.
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