Design for Life: unlocking the potential of cities - RSA

Design for Life: unlocking the potential of cities

Fellowship events / Online

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The Coffee House (RSA House) and Online via Zoom

  • Fellowship

The world as it is: fragile, unbalanced, degenerative. The world as it could be: resilient, rebalanced, regenerative. Explore with us how particular perspectives on challenge and change can help build flourishing futures for people, places and the planet. 

In this interactive events series, we share insights from the RSA’s Design for Life mission, including six perspectives we consider core to regenerative change: systemic, imaginative, adaptive, collective, long-time and authentic. How might we invite these perspectives into all our work to transform our economic, social and environmental systems to be more conducive to life? 

We spotlight where these perspectives are being applied within a range of work-in-progress interventions by the RSA, as well as by our Fellows and partners to imagine and pursue better futures. Join us to discuss what we’re doing, what we’re learning, and what shows up in your own changemaking work. 

At this event, Amy Gandon (RSA Head of Policy and Participation) and Tom Stratton (RSA Chief of Staff) will introduce the aims and activities of the RSA-led UK Urban Futures Commission, an ambitious enquiry to unlock the potential of the UK’s cities. In partnership with Core Cities UK and Lloyds Banking Group, the commission will work with cities and citizens to develop a transformative national plan for their future. Amy and Tom will share insights from the first phase of the work, discuss the importance of systemic and authentic perspectives, and preview topics which could be the focus of the Commission’s recommendations.

Guest speaker and RSA Fellow Professor Michael Batty will draw on his background as an urban planner, geographer and spatial data scientist to explore the key characteristics of cities, and how they are evolving, with a view to harnessing cities' future potential.

Presentations from our speakers will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.

These are hybrid events: you can take part in-person or online. Join us on The Steps in The Coffee House – an opportunity to meet others and grab something to eat or drink before, during or after the event. Or connect to The Coffee House online, from wherever you are in the world, via Zoom.

We welcome all changemakers who are interested from different fields and disciplines, within and beyond our RSA Fellowship community.

Taking part

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Taking part in-person

To participate in the event, you will need to register for a ticket so we can make sure we have an up-to-date list of those who plan on attending. This is for capacity purposes.

We encourage all attendees that are sick or showing symptoms of illness to stay home and to cancel your Eventbrite ticket if you are no longer able to join the event.

Taking part online

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.