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Bridges to the Future - Foundations for Change

Fellowship Event



In this interactive panel discussion and workshop, we investigate how short-term upheaval can be converted to long-term progress to build bridges to a better future.

Social change is often decades in the making, acquired through the gradual and sustained efforts of dedicated advocates. At other times, change sweeps irresistibly across whole systems, transforming practices and policies in a matter of days.

External shocks and crises can pave the way to lasting change, by exposing flaws in the status quo, invoking new patterns of behaviour and necessitating previously unimaginable choices. Yet, our desire for change is often tempered by the understandable need to cling to normal behaviours and processes in times of upheaval. As we live through the Covid19 crisis, it is important to reflect on how social change happens, so that we can resist this impulse and make good on our desire to ‘build back better’.

In this webinar, we will investigate how short-term upheaval can be converted to long-term progress, how social movements can play a unique role in challenging the status quo, and how nuts-and-bolts pragmatism can be combined with visionary idealism to build bridges towards a better future.

Join us for a panel discussion with RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor, environmental lawyer and climate activist Farhana Yaminand other leading change-makers, followed by an interactive workshop on how to make change happen.

This event is a collaboration between RSA Oceania and design and innovation lab Mentally Friendly. Please see below for timing in your region:

  • United Kingdom: 9:30am BST
  • Sydney & Melbourne: 6:30pm AEST
  • New Zealand: 8:30pm NZST

Joining instructions will be sent with your confirmation email once you register. Please direct any questions about this event to RSA Oceania Director, Philipa Duthie at

This event is taking place during a week-long series of Bridges to the Future Conversations, hosted by the RSA and with our communities of changemakers.

At the RSA, we unite people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time and recognise that crisis can be an opportunity for positive change. As we contend with the Covid-19 crisis, we are bringing people together to unlock ideas and innovation in the areas of society that must thrive, now and in the future.

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