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What is the RSA?

What is the RSA?

We are an enlightenment organisation that has been at the forefront of social change for over 260 years.

We undertake research, develop projects, share new ideas and build networks to fulfil our mission of finding innovative solutions to social challenges. We focus our work where we believe we can have the greatest impact for the most people.

Our key areas of focus

The RSA aims to be the kind of organisation the 21st century needs. Across the country and around the world RSA Fellows and staff are getting together, imagining a better future and developing the practical next steps we need to take. Our belief is simple: it is not hope that leads to action but action that leads to hope. We’d love to tell you more. Get in touch with Olivia, details at the bottom, to discuss your next steps.

Matthew Taylor

Chief Executive, RSA

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Meet other Fellows

Past Fellows have included Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, Marie Curie & Charles Dickens. While many Fellows have achieved recognition for their contribution in a particular field, this it is not the defining criterion for joining the RSA. Our ethos is inclusive. We value all who positively impact society. Today Fellows come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. Read more about them here

Connect online

The Fellowship is full of experts willing to share their skills and experience to help other Fellows with social change initiatives. You can search for other Fellows based on location, skills, interests, and connect using a private online messaging service.

Upload your profile

Upload your profile to allow other Fellows to find and connect with you. Tell them what you're interested in, who you're looking to connect with, why you became a Fellow and how you can help other Fellows.

Leonora Oppenheim

Leonora Oppenheim

Design Storyteller - crafting narratives about culture, community & environment.

London  

Bonnie Chiu

Bonnie Chiu

Passionate about: women's empowerment, scaling ideas to global impact, arts for social change.

London  

Nasiru Taura

Nasiru Taura

Social Entrepreneur & Innovator, Regional Economic Developer, and Writer

Poole  

Most of the RSA’s work can be traced back to one basic thought: that the best way to change society for the better is to help people change it for themselves.

Abena Poku-Awuah

Sustainability Associate

Be inspired by the brightest ideas

Be inspired by the brightest ideas

Through our unique Fellowship network new ideas from the RSA and around the world are made available to you.

Fellows have access to original articles from some of the world’s greatest thinkers in the award-winning RSA Journal and they stay up to date with the latest RSA news, research and projects through regular communications. We also encourage blogs from Fellows which build momentum around new or emerging ideas, or discuss something that's particularly relevant to our work.

Dr Sarah Bennett

Wherever I went the RSA came up in discussions. I soon discovered the many inspiring projects funded through Catalyst and realised that it is a Society that still appears to be succeeding in its mission after nearly 260 years

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Dr Sarah Bennett

Associate Professor in Fine Art - Plymouth University

Help Develop Social Change Projects

Help Develop Social Change Projects

We believe everyone should have the power to turn their ideas into reality

The RSA Catalyst Programme offers small grants and crowdfunding to Fellows who want to develop new projects which tackle a social challenge. Many projects offer opportunities for Fellows to volunteer their skills and get involved. 

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Find a home for enlightened thinking

Find a home for enlightened thinking

RSA House has been the intellectual and social home of some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 260 years.

The House offers a place for Fellows to meet and collaborate whenever they are in London. Come and have a coffee in the Gerard bar, a browse of our library, or find a quiet space to work. 

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We would love you to become part of the RSA Fellowship network

For Clore Leadership Fellows the usual £75 registration fee has been waived along with the annual £168 fee for your first year. Clore Fellows can also take advantage of a fast-track application which means you do not need to submit details of referees. 

For a chat about whether Fellowship is right for you, a cup of coffee and a tour of RSA House, or an application form, get in touch with Olivia. 

Olivia Pyper

Olivia Pyper

Fellowship Development Coordinator