Over the last year, London Fellows have been busy setting up a range of both local and thematic networks across the region. Both Fellows and non-Fellows of the RSA are welcome to take part and join in discussions. Let us know if you would like to join any of these networks, or get in touch with the network leads using the links below.
If you'd like to join the mailing list for any of the following London-based networks, please let us know by emailing the team at email@example.com.
The Fellow Artists’ Network (FAN), was started to give working artists the opportunity to network, discuss issues important to them and to show their (and others) work. Core members are Andrew Darke, Chair and environmental artist; Mark Power, Secretary and architect; Hazel Chandler, Creative Director and film maker and Philip Emery, Treasurer and musician. The group was founded by Ann Kristin Glenster FRSA.
Artists are often working alone in their studio or at their computer and we wanted to break that isolation and come together. We organised a visit to the Jubiloo at South Bank, designed by Mark Power; an evening of short films; a concert by ex-prisoners who then talked about how music helps them; a guided tour around the Saw Swee Hock student centre and so on. Discussions range from Arts Council funding to ethics and editorial control. We are currently developing the project "What's On Your Walls?" about what people put on their walls and what art means to them. Look out for events advertised on the RSA website and join us - you don't have to be an artist, just interested in the arts and we welcome suggestions for events.
Network Lead: Andrew Darke
Conscious Living Network
The Conscious Living Network engages fellows in “The Power to Create” through a series of thought provoking and interactive workshops, sharing wise and practical tools for daily living. The network aims for fellows to engage more fully in a purposeful, creative, inspired and balanced personal & professional life. Sessions in 2015 included Living on Purpose (from choice), Self Inquiry, Dealing Effectively with Stress, and Gratitude. 2016 sessions are set for Relationships & Communication, Creativity, Wellbeing, Conscious Leadership, Our Impact on Society & Environment, and The Process of Continuous Evolution. The series is facilitated by fellows (Jennifer Wilson, Cesar Gamio, Erika Uffindell, Gina Hayden), with contributions from others in the network. The real value of the network lies in the powerful, transformative conversations and the connection & sense of community.
Network Lead: Jennifer Wilson
Creativity in Public Services Network
The Creativity in Public Services Network exists to encourage and support new ideas and practices in the public services arena. It is a new network that aims to promote the idea of the 'creative practitioner' as an alternative to top-down innovation and to support those using their intellect and imagination to do things differently. The Network includes teachers, social workers and health professionals alongside policymakers, artists and designers. We held three meetings in 2015 and developed opportunities to get involved online through our RSA LinkedIn group. In 2016 we will continue to hear from individuals with interesting stories to tell. We will also provide participatory and practical, problem solving sessions. In addition, we will develop our resources, enhance our capacity to offer support to members, encourage new initiatives and perhaps even start to have an impact on public policy debates. We will publish details in the New Year.
Network Lead: Martin Wheatley
The Greenwich Network draws Fellows from all over south-east London, they don’t have to live or work in Greenwich but they do find the historic town centre a convenient place to visit. We met three times in 2015 for informal networking and sharing of ideas. Topics for discussion and calls to action come from Fellows; an emerging focus for our work in 2016 will be connecting Fellows with local educational establishments including Greenwich University, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Ravensbourne, with a view to offering mentoring and work experience.
Network Lead: Margaret Mythen
Inequality in Education Network
The Inequality in Education Network aims to provide high quality presenters from the education or political worlds and use them to lead discussion on an aspect of the drivers of unequal outcomes in education in England.
Network Lead: John Bayley
International Development Network
With the launch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it is now more than ever that a more connected and coordinated approach to solving the world's biggest challenges is needed. In the true spirit of SDG 17 the International Development Network is about fostering collaboration. Collaboration through discussion, ideation, and practice.
The network is open to anyone with an interest, vested or otherwise, in the development of our global neighbours and communities.
The primary aim is to create a supportive environment for the sharing of ideas, best practice, and outside-the-box thoughts on how best to create sustainable positive impact. The secondary focus is to foster cross-sector relationships and transfers of knowledge.
Network Lead: Adam Boxer
Did you know there are about 1000 Fellows living or working in an Islington postcode? Many are brimming with energy, expertise and ideas, so Islington Network evenings are an opportunity to connect with a wide range of opportunities and skills, and also a chance to think about how Islington can be a better place for the fact that it hosts so many Fellows.
The network meets 4-5 times a year, sometimes with a discussion topic, sometimes focusing on bringing people together. There is an underlying theme of ‘The Islington I see’ in that we encourage people to describe what Islington looks like through their special interest lens, highlighting aspects of interest, concern or opportunity. Members also offer guided walks around parts of Islington they know best.
Network Lead: Valerie Iles
LGBT Creative Cultures Network
Leading cultural change and enriching society around diverse and inclusive LGBT+ issues via lecture series, creative interventions and networking events while reducing stigma and stereotyping of LGBT+ people.
We will aim to work towards conditions for change: working with education, arts, culture, as well as sports bodies and other workplaces (corporate, statutory and public bodies) to enhance engagement of LGBT people and bring LGBT cultural issues to the forefront.
We will aim to work towards creating a resource base of LGBT practitioners for educational, statutory bodies and media for the future use. It is a great opportunity for people who acted as informal ambassadors to work towards ‘Creating LGBT Ambassadorships structures’.
Network Lead: Niranjan Kamatkar
The aim of the Mindfulness Network is to engage, educate and inspire Fellows to practise mindfulness and empower them to mainstream mindfulness in their lives and communities. The Network enables Fellows to access research, practice Mindfulness together and work with a network of practitioners, teachers and Fellows to share practical interventions. An important goal of Mindfulness is to create the conditions for the enlightened thinking and collaborative action needed to address today's most pressing challenges.
Network Lead: Henry Ford
Performing Arts Network
The RSA Performing Arts Network is for the widest range of performing arts professionals in the RSA - working in drama, dance, music, live art, opera, circus, and more. The aim is to consider the current role of the performing arts in the RSA, how we can contribute to there being more, and how we can increase awareness of the many ways in which work in the performing arts sector dovetails with the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action. Meetings of the network have considered such topics as Verbatim Theatre projects, drama in schools, commissioning in the health sector, and community focus and funding. We believe that the performing arts sector is not just about entertainment, it empowers audiences with knowledge and new perceptions, and many practitioners’ work ties in closely with the ambitions of the Power to Create.
Network Lead: Jackie Elliman FRSA and RSA Trustee
Reinventing Work Network
Inspired by Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organisations, The Reinventing Work Network is about distributed leadership, a focus on purpose and an invitation to wholeness at work. They are exploring the developing organisational forms that support these goals (called “teal” by Laloux), learning about what’s being done, and inviting the practical adoption of these approaches by RSA Fellows, their organisations, and the RSA. You might have heard RSA talks by Laloux or by Jos de Blok, whose Dutch home-nursing group Buurtzorg is a standard-bearer for the movement. Buurtzorg is structured so that nurses organise themselves. They have no “managers”, and have cut costs to the health service by 40 per cent, while improving quality of care and employee satisfaction. The Reinventing Work network is a gathering-place for people who are leading their organisations towards “teal”, supporting change as consultants, or seeking to inspire change within their own organisations.
Network Lead: François Moscovici
Street Wisdom is a global social enterprise with a mission to bring inspiration to every street on earth. It’s a technology that allows anyone, anywhere to get unusual inspiration from their everyday surroundings. Led by volunteer facilitators on city streets across the world, free Street Wisdom workshops give participants the skills to access the ‘invisible university’ that’s all around them and find fresh answers to personal or work-related questions – with profound results. Each event lasts three hours and can be set up and managed by anyone with free resources and support available at www.streetwisdom.org. Street Wisdom is growing around the world thanks to the support of the RSA and it's Street Wizard Fellows.
Network Lead: Mark Brown
This network provides an opportunity for Fellows and others who work within, or have an interest in, the sustainability sphere to get together, share ideas and help the RSA take forward its sustainability agenda.
We meet quarterly and take an action-focused approach, aiming to not only provide an opportunity for those from across the diverse sector to meet and network but also to work together to take action on key areas of interest.
If you work in sustainability or have an interest in the field, we'd love to hear from you. Get involved!
Network Lead: Susan Harris
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