From midday The Steps, our mini amphitheatre, is filled with social change conversations.
These conversations provide a weekly opportunity to share inspiring ideas for change, to celebrate a social change project making an impact, or to share learning and expertise on how to make change.
You're welcome to drop in, order some lunch and #JoinTheConversation. Stay all afternoon or just drop in for a while as you enjoy your lunchbreak, 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 30 minutes to engage the audience, gain useful insights or gather collaborators around your project. Please see below for information about upcoming and selected previous conversations, and find some useful speaker notes here.
24 January 2020
- 12.00 - 12.30: Speaker TBC - 12.30 - 13.00: Q & A
- 13.00 - 13.30: ''Let’s All Do Ageing So Much Better : five propositions in support of optimistic (and indeed optimised) longevity for the decades ahead'' led by James Murphy FRSAPerhaps too often, ageing is conceived as either a swell of understandable anxiety (viz, demographic time bomb, troubled dependency ratio, triple-lock pension stress…) or a culture of understandable complaint/rebellion (viz, allegations of quasi-racist discrimination against/exclusion of the grey population). Yet, into the adventure that is 21st century ageing rides a generation more wealthy, healthy, knowledgeable, technologically equipped and choice-rich than any in history. The over-60s across the Western world are now growing old under a science which has never in history existed before. How to manage sanity, wisdom and happiness in the age of much enriched longevity, for now and for the long tomorrow : that is the question.
James Murphy FRSA works in the field of trends analysis and socio-economic futures. For many years, he was Editorial Director of the Future Foundation and, prior to this, an Associate Director of the Henley Centre for Forecasting. Currently, he acts as an Editorial Consultant at the Trajectory Partnership and is acting Head of Insight at the business start-up The Sports Ministry. He blogs on the subject at www.rinklifunstaz.com
31 January 2020
- 12.00 - 12.30: "Creating a Network to Support Independent Grassroots Music" led by Dr Sue Oreszczyn FRSA and Dr Neil March FRSA
This talk hosts a call to action for fellows at the RSA who would like to join in a conversation about how to support grassroots independent artists and their environment. In a recent RSA blog, Sue and Neil wrote that "artists are forming their own networks and collaborating freely across continents through the internet. As a result, more experienced independent artists have taken matters into their own hands by mentoring and supporting the next generation of grassroots artists...We need to think about how we can help grassroots independent musicians, particularly those disadvantaged in some way, and encourage the development of a healthy environment for independent artists.
Dr Sue Oreszczyn FRSA is a Research Fellow at Open University.
Dr Neil March FRSA is the author of The Independent Music Sector and runs music events in South East London.
- 13.00 - 13.30: "What Can We do to Stop the UK Food System from Bankrupting the Health System?" led by Anthony Davidson FRSA
When the UK and EU seem to be following the USA where 40% of food is wasted and the food system is bankrupting the health system, we need change. This talk will present a solution where people are enlightened to make the right food buying choices as well as build sustainable communities around food. Anthony will explain BigBarn's 19 year project to build a definitive, constistently updated and shared Local Food Map as well as their work to add food growing, cooking & nutrition to school curriculum. The solutions provided in this talk are achieveable and easy to implement. This talk is an invitation for RSA fellows to join the Big Barn Community and help build a more sustainable, social and local food industry that serves as an alternative to the unsustainable, anti-social national food industry.
More here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVf96m_O20.
Anthony Davison FRSA is the Founder of BigBarn CIC.
7 Feburary 2020
- 12.00 - 12.30: "Using a Behavioural Science Approach to Tackle Conservation and Environmental Protection" led by Helen Mankin and Eloise Copland
There are many challenges that come with big environmental issues such a climate change, animal trafficking, deforestation and the extinction of wild animals. Yet these challenges share a common theme. At their heart they are people problems - issues caused by human behaviour. Join Behavioural Scientists Helen Mankin and Elle Copland from INFLUENCE AT WORK (UK) as they show how their C.A.R.I.N.G. approach is being use to change behaviours and help tackle arguably the biggest challenge that faces all of us. The damage we are doing to our very own planet.
Helen MankinFRSA is a Behavioural Science Consultant at Influence at Work where she leads international projects applying behavioural insights across many sectors; from conservation to transport. Helen holds an MSc in Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology from University College London and teaches sessions on behavioural science at Columbia Business School.
Eloise CoplandFRSA is Behavioural Science Researcher at Influence at Work and is primarily interested in how psychological theory and research can be applied to achieve positive social change. She received her BA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University and holds an MSc in Behaviour Change from University College London.
- 13.00 - 13.30: "Carving Communities" led by James Bond FRSA
Carving Communities works on the front line of engagement with at risk young people, specialising in dealing with youths who have been known to carry and use knives. The CIC works in partnership with other organisations and practitioners (e.g. schools, youth services, local authorities and community organisations) to develop the potential of the young people they serve and enhance the resources and skills of the adults who work with them. Carving Community has been working in this way with young people and adults for twenty years and has a reputation and track record for high quality interventions which have a positive impact on the lives of hard to reach young people. James will share his expertise in being able to support and redirect young people who are engaged in destructive behaviour.
James Bond FRSA
Carving Community CIC
. You are invited to connect with this community
. James holds a degree in Fine Art, Sculpture from St Martin’s School of Art, London. In 2013 a police study found that one of these projects, at Beacon Heath Arena Park, resulted in a 98% reduction in anti-social crime in the area. Learn more about and connect with James
- 17 January 202o
- “Dark Money for all - a Universal Basic Income (UBI) for democracy” led by Paul Evans FRSA
- "Unlearning our way out of injustice" led by Vanessa Faloye FRSA
- Friday 29 November 2019
Talks led by Natalie Collins FRSA and Karen Ingala-Smith FRSA aim to contribute towards driving social change to eliminate violence against women through their work in their respective fields. Read more on the need for social change to eliminate violence against women in Natalie Collins’s related blog and read Ingala-Smith's work on Femicide Census and Counting Dead Women.
- Friday 25th October 2019
MozFest explored ‘More Responsible Artificial Intelligence’. Dr Yasemin J. Erdin, Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at St Mary's Unversity explored AI philosophy, unavoidable bias and how to avoid it in computation. Silkie Carlo, Director of UK privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, on human rights and AI face recognition. Will Crosthwait, founder of AI business on the requirement for responsible founders for responsible AI. Becca Ricks, Researcher at Mozilla Foundation on building a justice-centred approach to 'trustworthy AI'.
- Friday 6 September 2019
Conversations explored arts for social change projects.
Richard died and he made art about it. Richard Adams FRSA on the relationship between well-being and art, and the links between creativity, emerging technology and future skills. Philip Emery and Robert Morrall FRSAs on the beginnings of the 'Made Visible' project in HMP The Mount, which values prisoners, ex-offenders and unemployed people as artists, challenging the condition of Learned Helplessness and lack of purpose amongst such hard-to-reach groups.
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