Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts



Founded in a coffee shop in Covent Garden in 1754, the RSA has a wealth of notable achievements and Fellows in its 250-year history.  These include RSA Medals, awarded annually to international thought-leaders and innovators. OurArchive preserves historical records relating to the RSA's activities and administration and makes them available for research.  

For over 250 years the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress.  Their approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting edge research and policy development with practical action.
- We encourage public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on contemporary issues, through our public events programme, RSA Journal and RSA Comment.
- Their projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today.
- Their work is supported by a 27,000 strong Fellowship - achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive social change.
- Their House, the historic home of the RSA, is an environmentally-friendly and flexible space that can cater for a variety of events.

I really like their talks brought to life through RSA Animate.

Another inspiring RSA Animate taken from a speech given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education expert and recipient of the RSA Benjamin Franklin award.

In this short RSA Animate, radical sociologist David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism, towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane.



Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. View the full video of Professor Philip Zimbardo’s talk at the RSA.

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