We are concerned and excited about the impact technology is having on society and will continue to have in the coming weeks, decades and centuries.
The RSA US functions as a distributed think/do tank in large part due to the actions of our 1,000 Fellows who lead work across the country on important elements of social change. We are proudly set up on open organizational principles that seek to maximize opportunities for our Fellows to self-organize and define the core activities of the RSA US.
RSA US regional hubs are place-based centers of activity where Fellows get together in-person for meet-ups, learning and sharing opportunities, to forge partnerships, and disseminate resources and information. Current RSA US regional hubs include Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Each regional hub is supported by an Ambassador, who is an RSA US Fellow that has taken on a community organizer role in their local area. Meet the current Ambassadors and the regions they help run below, and feel free to get in touch with them directly.
Aisha Fukuskima is a singer, speaker, educator, and founder of RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip hop project spanning 20 countries, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice. Fukushima is excited to explore questions of how to build more just, vibrant and sustainable cities for the future as RSA's Philadelphia Ambassador.
Hosan’s goal is to weave together people and communities towards shared purpose. Her current passion involves building intelligent technology solutions that systematically strengthen social infrastructure at the intersection of digital media and physical engagement. She has been featured in various press outlets like the Financial Times, Fortune, and Forbes for tackling issues such as race, social cohesion, and empathy.
Hosan Lee is a Fellow and Washington DC Ambassador of RSA. She was selected to serve as the U.S. Representative on the Global Fellowship Council, and is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Kelwin Harris is a senior city planning, outreach and communications professional with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) where he coordinates strategic planning and community engagement for the Chicago region. As Chicago's RSA Ambassador, Kelwin will be engaging local fellows around issues of equity and inclusive growth through discussions and activities that explore ways to activate communities in the Chicago ecosystem that have been historically excluded from connectivity and networks of prosperity.
San Francisco, California
Melissa M. Barker is the Founder & CEO of The Phoenix Project, a social impact startup focused on healing and empowering survivors of gendered violence and assault.
As the San Francisco Ambassador, she is eager to bridge tech and social good in the areas of trauma healing and transformative care.
Nate Wong is the Managing Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, housed at Georgetown University, where he helps manage the experiential hub that serves both as a training ground for students and an incubator for leading-edge, scalable social impact ideas. As a RSA US Fellow, Nate serves as an Ambassador for Washington, D.C., where he is piloting models for inclusive community development and restoring feedback loops between residents and institutions that are intended to serve them.
Pip Mothersill is a designer, researcher and technologist who develops unconventional computational design tools that use serendipity and ambiguity to help us consider ideas in new ways and create radically new questions. As the Boston Ambassador, she is excited to use her research into processes for creative lateral thinking with the academic, design and social change communities to help us reconsider how we approach today’s system-level challenges.
New York City, New York
Rose DeStefano is the Director of Business Initiatives for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development and is responsible for strategic engagement with companies, government agencies, community-based organizations, non-profits and investors to promote a more inclusive and equitable society. As the New York City RSA Ambassador, she will be identifying opportunities to catalyze structural change and create lasting reform for the criminal justice system.
Fellows-Led Thematic Networks
US Fellows-led thematic networks are online communication networks that form around one particular theme or topic of interest. Thematic networks explore, devise, test or pioneer ideas which have the potential to become a powerful source of social change. Each network self-organizes to share resources, promote dialogue, and collaborate across silos, regions, and sectors.
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This network hosts regular conversations where people come together to discuss challenges and opportunities for promoting innovative thinking within the broad field of education.
To see all RSA Thematic Networks, click here. If you would like to start a Thematic Network through the RSA US, contact Emily Chiappinelli at email@example.com.
The RSA US Mentorship Program is a match-making mechanism that connects Fellows with particular needs with Fellows who can help them meet those needs. This program is built to connect Fellows in a deep and substantive way, and promotes the sharing of the knowledge, skills, connections, and experiences that Fellows possess. It runs twice a year; one cycle in the spring, and one cycle in the fall.
A Fellow who has specific requests, needs, or advice they are looking to fill through a relationship with another RSA Fellow. To sign up to participate in this program as a mentee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Fellow who has specific advice, skills, or experience that they would like to offer to directly serve the needs of another RSA Fellow. To list yourself as a Mentor, please fill out your information in this spreadsheet.
Step 2: References
We require applicants to submit details of two people who will be contacted once you have submitted your application to provide a character reference. Your references do not necessarily have to be Fellows of the RSA, but they should be able to corroborate your commitment to social change.
Step 3: Admissions Panel
Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Panel which consists of three Fellows chosen by the Trustee Board to oversee applications to the Fellowship. Depending on the number of applications at the time, a decision will be communicated within 10 working days upon receipt of your application.