Can futures-thinking help reduce polarisation? - RSA

Can futures-thinking help reduce polarisation?

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The Steps in The Coffee House, RSA House, London, WC2N 6EZ

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Belonging and a shared sense of identity are major forces for good: for our health; for communities - like the Fellowship - to be able to organise around the major issues of our times.

But group conformity can also lead to the development of more extreme positions, and bias and intolerance against ‘other’.

When we feel threatened, both at home and in the world, impulsive and reactive actions towards others can easily spark conflict.

This session looks at what we can do in our everyday lives about the phenomena of conflict and polarisation.

Although we can’t “fix’ them, there is emerging evidence that cognitive flexibility is a buffer: using our most independent thinking can help us understand conflict and find some agency and intent to act.

This is why we invite you to experiment with us during this free session on the Steps and discover how to:

  • Use a collaborative futures-thinking game to generate insightful and provocative ideas
  • Cultivate deep presence, adaptability and curiosity in the face of disagreements
  • Utilise the breadth of similarities and differences in the RSA community to think and act on the edge of possibilities.

This session is valuable for people working around strategy for social impact, place-based development, cross-sector innovation, inclusion and sustainability, as facilitators or leaders.


It will be hosted by Servane Mouazan FRSA, ICF PCC, and Esmee Wilcox, FRSA, APF, sense-makers, futures thinkers and systems change facilitators.

Servane runs Conscious Innovation helping Impact leaders and Investors to navigate conflict and transitions, use imagination and turn insights into action

Esmee runs Socially Adept helping government and business leaders transition strategy in practice towards how we live and work in ‘Net Zero’.

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