Deep-dive conversations on 21st century challenges: Think, connect, explore - RSA

Deep-dive conversations on 21st century challenges: think, connect, explore

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Welcome to our 2022 unique series of events hosted by the RSA Fellow-led Coaching Network.

This is for RSA Fellows and non-Fellows working towards positive societal transformation. You’ll feel at home if you are grappling with sustainability, reinvention of work, power, diversity and inclusion, compassionate leadership and other related themes.

The conversations are at the intersection of RSA strategic themes, emerging current events, and the practical action you are taking in the world.

The themes will remain responsive to current events, and each event in the series will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6-7.30pm. See upcoming sessions below:

 6 December: Speed Coaching

Would you like to access game-changing insights into your social impact projects, or improve your influence in work conversations?

Join us for a lively session of ‘speed-coaching’ to explore how lightbulb moments happen, and generate a few for yourself. Lightbulb or “a-ha” moments that propel you forward can happen in a flash during a brief conversation, when something is said that flips a switch for you to see something differently.

Bring any topic, from increasing your impact to managing key relationships, from the ‘big’ issues to the seemingly small. Whatever snags us takes up time and energy, so why not resolve it if you can? This is a chance to see something new for yourself and also experiment with how to help others find their own "a-ha's" to sticky issues.

The sessions are open to anyone working in the social impact arena (i.e. aligned with the RSA mission of societal change), whether a coach or not, we do not ‘pair’ you with coaches, we want to create a generative space to practise coaching skills so that you can experience them for yourself. We previously ran this event in-person and now we are bringing it to the virtual forum in what we hope will be a fun, dynamic and embodied experience and enable you to interact with a range of diverse perspectives.

Our approach and what makes these events different:

We use a coaching approach which means that we explore how we relate to the themes and topics above, rather than staying with the ideas and concepts we hold about them.

By exploring your lived experience you will gain new insights and perspectives on these topics and a greater awareness of how you yourself relate to them. This will assist you in developing your unique approach to leadership, and increase the positive impact of what you are doing in the world.

These events are about a deeply experiential, individual exploration that generates fresh thinking for ourselves as well as the collective. The experiential element, especially in very small groups, can feel unfamiliar at first, but the feedback we get is outstanding.

Connecting with others is also an important part of our event design, supporting your exploration of the theme, and also creating an opportunity to make or deepen connections.

We welcome a diversity of perspectives on the event themes as well as the exploratory approach itself, and, during the discussion, we encourage you to contribute your own experience, expertise and presence.

If this resonates with you, join us to co-create this safe and stimulating space to explore the multiple facets of highly relevant themes.

How it works:

The sessions are participatory - in large and small groups. They embrace the intellectual, the felt and the intuitive, focussing on present moment insight and integration.

After a brief context-setting introduction, you will be invited to break into pairs or small groups to facilitate deeper exploration and reflection. This also gives you an opportunity to meet, get to know, and connect with other Fellows and like-minded individuals.

You will be challenged, through a series of structured questions to explore, reflect, and consider something new about a topic. You are invited to consider novel perspectives and different points of view that may challenge your own and discover what emerges (or not).

Previous events in this series:

  • 6 Sept: Accountability: Exploring personal Impact and Taking Responsibility
  • 1 November: Money, Meaning and Social Change

Taking part in Online Events 

For our interactive online events, the RSA uses the platform Zoom. It may be necessary to follow a short set-up process. To understand how Zoom uses your data, please read their Privacy Policy in advance. 

Zoom call joining details will be sent out via email in advance of the event. 

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments to support your participation, please let the team know by emailing: [email protected]. 

We sometimes record our online RSA Fellowship events for learning purposes, publicity and/or public viewing. By attending this event, you accept that you may appear in RSA videos or images as an attendee of this event.