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In conveRSAtion

This event format brings people together for a discussion on key issues with leading thinkers, providing a space to share ideas, be inspired, connect with others and stay informed. 


In ConveRSAtion events offer something special for Fellows, combining a unique opportunity to discuss a key issue in more depth through conversation and dialogue.

Chris Luffingham FRSA

How does it work?

Face-to-face interviews with an interesting person or expert, combined with an audience willing to listen and contribute. These events need a speaker, an interviewer and a host as its key elements.

Hosted by an RSA Fellow, conveRSAtion events can vary from 1 – 2 hours and be held at lunchtime, during the afternoon or early evenings.

What's the format? 

  • Greet people and encourage networking, outline the event format
  • Interviewer introduces key speaker and starts the conversation for 20-30 mins
  • Q & A for 15 mins
  • Final thoughts from the speaker
  • Close event with networking 

The RSA's work focuses on three key themes: Public Services & Communities; Creative Learning & Development; and Economy, Enterprise & Manufacturing.

Do you want to discuss and tackle issues in your area?  This event makes it easy for people to come together to talk about challenges and explore solutions.

Explore key themes


Step 1: Decide a theme 

What would you like to talk about? Who would you like to listen to and would they be confident being interviewed? What issues are relevant for your community? 

Find inspiration from the RSA's latest thinking.  


Step 2: Finalise your speakers

Get in touch with Fellows to discuss who would make a good interviewee. It doesn’t need to be a celebrity, but it should be someone with knowledge and skills in their field or a person who inspires through their work. Also select your interviewer, you need a good listener and timekeeper, and make sure you have a host to help welcome and encourage networking.    

Step 3: Location

Choose your location and venue. ConveRSAtion events can take place in all sorts of venues – cafes, colleges, libraries, parks, and community centres. Identify a space that will be relatively quiet, welcoming and in a central location.

Step 4: Planning the event

There is plenty of support available to help shape your ideas and your event. Talk to a member of the Local Area team; we have tools and resources available, including suggestions and advice. Make sure that your helpers are fully briefed and understand their roles.

Step 5: Promotion

You have agreed your theme and speakers. When you have confirmed the date/time/venue, let us know and we can create a booking page and promote the event to other RSA Fellows. Invite your colleagues, friends, and neighbours to join in and use social media to raise awareness of your event. For social media, use #FRSA and #conveRSAtions.

Step 6:  Prior to the event

Confirm details with all involved in the delivery of the event. Many venues also welcome an update on the expected number of attendees. The Local Area team will collate an attendee list from the RSA booking page and if required, send materials (Journals, name badges) to you prior to the event - please request with at least one weeks notice. 

Step 7: The event itself

Introduce the event and explain the format. Enjoy the stimulating conversation, meet new people, exchange ideas and share solutions. Keep your event to time, make sure everyone has a voice and talk about the work of the RSA. Perhaps even plan your next steps.  Why not arrange a follow-up event on a different issue.

Step 8: Feedback

Capture feedback from the participants, what did they think of the event and are there any next steps? Please provide details of who attended by returning a copy of the sign-in list. We can support you with sending a follow-up mailing after the event.

Thinking about organising local RSA activity?

Thinking about organising local RSA activity?

Whether you want to run an event or start a new network, there is support available to help shape your ideas and promote your activity.

To suggest an idea for activity in your Area to the team, please contact