RSA Other Events
Take forward new ideas and critical thinking to a local area by organising a bespoke event to bring RSA Fellows together. Whilst the subject will focus on the RSA’s key themes, the format can be unique. When targeting a larger audience, we encourage a longer planning time, a team of people to help deliver the activity and holding events in partnership with organisations who reflect the RSA’s values.
Our event would never have happened without the RSA, which has provided encouragement at all levels. The opportunities to meet Fellows in Leicester were essential in forming the small team who’s steady application led to the TEDxLeicester event – our sincere thanks to them.
Previous Fellow-led Events
- Power to Create - RSA conference, Nottingham
- Angus Millar Lecture - RSA lecture, Scotland
- Will the West Midlands be a better place when HS2 arrives? - RSA discussion, Birmingham
- The Business of Heritage - RSA symposium, Brighton
How does it work?
Elements of RSA events must be involved: the opportunity to network, learning and discussion, and highlighting RSA work. Timings can vary, consider weekends as well as lunchtimes, afternoons or early evenings. Your event would require a host and if relevant, a facilitator.
RSA EVENTS IN 8 SIMPLE STEPS:
Step 1: Inspiration
Explore ideas, potential formats and themes, communicate these amongst Fellows and gather a like-minded team to plan and deliver activity. Start brainstorming what type event you would like to hold; ideally one which highlights key RSA themes that the group are passionate about.
Step 2: Discussion
Discuss ideas, budgets and dates with Fellowship Councillors and your RSA Area Manager in order to get feedback and insight into how this event could fit into the local activities calendar. Explore potential partnerships with organisations. Agree roles for the Fellows involved and identify your speakers and hosts.
Step 3: Location
Choose your location and venue. These events are designed to have a large audience so choosing somewhere with space to accommodate is vital. Having the relevant technology and support at the venue is also important; we strongly advise testing logistics prior to the event.
Step 4: Planning the event
There is plenty of support available to help shape your ideas and your event. Once you have decided on the event format, date, time and venue, it's recommended you develop an event and communications plan. Make sure that your collaborators are fully briefed and understand their roles.
Step 5: Promotion
Once 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 (#FRSA) to raise awareness of your event.
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
Ensure you have hosts to welcome participants and capture attendance. Introduce and outline the format, 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 or arrange a follow-up event on a different topic.
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.