Politics & Society

Welcome to work in the modern economy, where the climate is cultish and management fads rule. Silicon Valley workplace culture has filtered through to other industries, dehumanising our working practices and putting tech in the driving seat. In a rapidly transforming world where entire industries are collapsing, companies scrabble to reprogramme their workforce to adapt
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In the context of tough accountability measures and tight budgets, schools are having to make difficult decisions about where to focus their money and efforts. All too often, the first things to go are non-teaching staff who provide ‘extras’ like family support, and partnerships with individuals and organisations in the local community and beyond. In
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Unconscious bias operates in subtle ways, but its effects are profound. Behind the racial disparities evident everywhere from the classroom to the courtroom to the boardroom lie implicit assumptions of which we often aren’t even aware. Prejudice forms a distorting lens that is both a cause and an effect of our unequal world, and working
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Elizabeth Day is an award-winning author and journalist, and the host of the hit podcast How to Fail with Elizabeth Day. In her new book, Elizabeth shares honest, uplifting stories of her own experience of failure, as well as insights gleaned from her interviews with people from all walks of life who found that life’s
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Renowned psychotherapist, author and broadcaster, Philippa Perry visits the RSA to give tips for any parent looking to navigate their past, avoid repeating their own parents’ mistakes, and ensure they don’t saddle their children with life-long issues. Watch psychotherapist and author, Philippa Perry in our latest RSA Spotlight – the edits which take you straight
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Cass Sunstein is one of the most influential scholars at work today, exploring fundamental questions of human freedom, agency and progress with insights from the fields of psychology, philosophy, economics and the law. At the RSA, drawing from two new books On Freedom and How Change Happens, Sunstein explores the myriad ways that change can
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What accounts for the divides between east and west, rural and urban, left and right, secular and religious? Award-winning social psychologist Michele Gelfand explains how the clash between ‘tight societies’ (with clearly stated rules and codes of ethics) and ‘loose societies’ (more informal communities with weak or ambiguous norms), drives many of our most polarised
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We’ve heard a lot in recent years about the science of quick-thinking and intuitive choices, but is this method always best? Bestselling author Steven Johnson explains how the science of deliberative decision-making can help us make better long-term choices – both personally and within society. Watch bestselling author, Steven Johnson in our latest RSA Spotlight
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Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves. Discover more RSA animations: http://bit.ly/1FKMHGv. Roman Krznaric is an internationally renowned expert on empathy and author of ‘Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution’. He is a founding faculty member of The School
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Bestselling author Dan Pink shows us how to influence others more effectively; it’s as simple as A-B-C. Whether we’re employees pitching to our bosses, parents and teachers cajoling kids, or politicians presenting new policies, we can all improve the way we persuade others. Voice – Daniel H Pink Animation – Cognitive Media Watch Dan Pink’s
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#RSABeyondGDP Our politicians are hung up on keeping the growth curve rising. But does GDP really tell us all we need to know about a country’s wealth and well-being? In this new RSA Short, Kate Raworth makes a powerful argument to look beyond economic growth alone for a true measure of prosperity and progress. Kate
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The RSA’s Chief Executive Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of the RSA’s strapline ’21st Century Enlightenment’. How might this idea might help us meet the challenges the world faces today, and what role can be played by organisations such as the RSA? The RSA is a charity dedicated to finding innovative, practical solutions to today’s
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Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology & encouraged an open, collaborative & flexible working culture. Discover more RSA animations: http://bit.ly/1FKMHGv. Discover Dave Coplin’s full talk here: https://youtu.be/HUgGo-U2Eig Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rsaeventsofficial/
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Does Brainstorming Work? This is the question psychologists have been baffled by for nearly half a century and we’re still on the path of discovering whether brainstorming is a technique that extracts the best out of people or if it’s a method that suppresses creativity. Journalist and author, Jonah Lehrer, argues that brainstorming produces less
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In this RSA Animate, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving. This was taken from the RSA’s free public events programme. The RSA is a 258 year-old charity devoted to creating social progress and spreading world-changing ideas. For more information about our research, RSA Animates, free events programme and 27,000
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Finding one’s passion and true purpose in life is essential to human flourishing. In this new RSA Shorts video, Sir Ken Robinson argues that education, organisations and communities need to be built on a model of diversity rather than conformity, so that every individual is able to discover and develop their unique talents and abilities.
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Sick of endless ‘re-orgs’, lay-offs and away days? Why do workplaces always go for quick wins and flashy paint jobs over steady, consistent change? Award-winning animator Jocie Juritz brings her trademark wit and creativity to the second animation extracted from Simon Sinek’s acclaimed RSA talk on organisational culture. Voice: Simon Sinek, Global bestselling author and
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Renowned psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo explains how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. This RSA Animate was taken from a lecture given as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. The RSA is an Enlightenment-founded charity, and is dedicated to driving social change and spreading world-changing ideas. Follow the
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Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. Taken from a lecture given by Jeremy Rifkin as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. The RSA is a 258 year-old charity devoted to
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In this new RSA Animate, renowned experimental psychologist Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings. Taken from the RSA’s free public events programme www.thersa.org/events. Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rsaeventsofficial/ Listen to RSA podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/the_rsa See RSA Events behind
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This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. The RSA is a 258 year-old charity devoted to driving social progress and spreading world-changing ideas. Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on
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In this new RSA Animate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. To view the full lecture, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUHxC4wiWk. The RSA is a 258 year-old
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The world is full of noise and those that are the loudest are the ones we tend to follow but what about the quiet ones? Author Susan Cain shines a spotlight on introverts and reveals how over time our society has come to look to extroverts as leaders. Not suggesting that one is better than
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This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. Follow the RSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSAEvents Like the RSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rsaeventsofficial/ Listen to RSA podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/the_rsa See RSA Events behind the scenes: https://instagram.com/rsa_events/ —— This audio has
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What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. Voice: Dr Brené Brown Animation: Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) www.gobblynne.com
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You are probably a bit of a blamer – most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this witty sequel to our most watched RSA Short, inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behaviour.
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Where does anxiety come from? Why are we the way we are? Why do we have intrusive thoughts? Award-winning comedian and broadcaster Robin Ince explores the importance of the exquisite, perplexing, terrifying and hilarious experiences that make us human. Watch comedian and broadcaster, Robin Ince in our latest RSA Spotlight – the edits which take
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Douglas Rushkoff is a leading voice for applying digital media towards social and economic justice. In his new work TEAM HUMAN, he invites us to remake society toward human ends rather than the end of humans. Revealing how the intentional repression of humanity impacts diverse sectors of society, Rushkoff shows how money went from being
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Renowned psychotherapist, author and broadcaster, Philippa Perry visits the RSA to give tips for any parent looking to navigate their past, avoid repeating their own parents’ mistakes, and ensure they don’t saddle their children with life-long issues. Through the combination of case studies, her own experiences as a parent, and therapeutic insight gained from a
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