RSA: A Look Back at 2017

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"The RSA is without doubt one of the most influential and exciting influences on British public policy. The combination of a stellar public events programme, allied with a brilliant research agenda and a constant willingness to engage with pressing policy questions, means that the RSA is playing a pivotal role in shaping policy making across the political spectrum."

Rohan Silva, Co-Founder of Hubble and Second Home, previous Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister

Expanding our reach

We held 100 events with over 10,000 attendees, 590,000 Youtube subscribers and online views from 143 countries worldwide

We had 14 million views for RSA Shorts and more than 500 million minutes of RSA Animate watch time

Over 3.5 million visits to our website and RSA posts were seen over 10 million times on Facebook and Twitter

More than 1 million podcast plays

10,000 hits in print and broadcast media

We continued to extend the reach of and strengthen our public events programme, all of which are now streamed live on Facebook. Check out RSA Backstage here.

"The RSA is one of the globe's finest platforms for provocative, world-changing ideas. Its public events bring together diverse thinkers with exceptionally bright and lively audiences. And its RSA Animate videos have reshaped how ideas spread online."

Daniel Pink, author of DRIVE

Increasing our Impact

RSA blogs were read 330,000 times

RSA Journal was awarded four ‘awards of excellence’ by the Institute of Internal Communications (IOIC)

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We released 25 major reports covering our three main areas of work:
Creative Learning and Development
Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing 
Public Services and Communities

The RSA's charitable funds were allocated towards the following activities: 11.6% lectures and events; 28.5% Fellowship engagements and 59.9% research and action projects

The RSA’s influential work on artificial intelligence and robotics included the publication of The Age of Automation.

Our Ideal School Exhibition outlined a vision for schooling that focused on educating “the head, hand and the heart” of all our young people.

The New Futures Network supported prison leaders to innovate and create new partners for rehabilitation which has now been taken forward by the Ministry of Justice.

“The combination of a stellar public events programme, allied with a brilliant research agenda, means that the RSA is playing a pivotal role in shaping policy making across the political spectrum."

Rohan Silva, Co-Founder of Hubble and Second Home, previous Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister

CONVENING FOR CHANGE

Our work was supported by 29,000 Fellows from over 100 different countries

260 engagement events were held across the nations and regions

48% of Fellows visited RSA House from outside London

We spent £100,000 to support 19 innovative Fellow-run projects with Catalyst grants

With more local networks developed than ever before we have now expanded our support for collaboration, including RSA Transform, a new programme for Fellow-led ventures and the relaunch of RSA’s crowdfunding offer, bringing in expertise from our new partners Spacehive.

“We are really proud to support the RSA – an organisation that brings together a unique combination of cutting edge action research, local social action and national thought leadership to be a powerful force for change. Through our partnership, we’ve been able to engage with our stakeholders, community and the public at large with an exciting vision of the future of self-employment.”

Nicole Vanderbilt, Vice President, Etsy

Coming in 2018

We have consulted Fellows about a major redevelopment project aimed at expanding networking areas at RSA House through the creation of an enlightenment coffeehouse.

"We are delighted that this investment is going ahead which will provide more informal meeting spaces for Fellows and visitors."
Vikki Heywood, Chairman of the RSA

In 1994 the UK produced 79 per cent of its own vegetables; today this is 55%. Overall, 30 per cent of what we eat comes from the EU, and a further 18 % from the rest of the world