Idly drifting betwixt Stanford and Harvard…

#135583249 / gettyimages.com   Imagining the world without the web as an intellectual resource is almost impossible now. All those decades ago, applying for your research and travel grants to gain a foothold aboard ship or achieve landfall in another country, to see and hear academics speak, or to consult texts, is now long a...

Essex at War – the weekend

    We recently published details of the work of Fellows in Essex and their appearance at the Essex at War event at Hylands House. Their project, Chelmsford Remembers, will be part of this exciting day on Sunday, 14th September. (Revisit it here…) Below are programme details for the event in full. Displays, re-enactments and...

Where are the Fellows?

Joanna Massie of The RSA recently created a location ‘heat map’, helping visualise the locations of Fellows in the East of England. Some interesting patterns, some densely populated areas and a few empty landscapes emerged. (Joanna is our Regional Manager in the East of England, and we offer our thanks for her permission to publish...

Crafting the exceptional person…

The RSA have just published a report, Breaking The Mould, which examines the contribution to the SME sector that on-line market places, like Etsy, make to this economic sector. If you haven’t already…discover Etsy on-line here – shop from independent crafts people from around the world.   You can download a copy of the new...

Essex at War

Essex County Council has arranged a weekend of events for Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. On the Sunday between 10.00 and 16.00 there will be enactments and exhibitions at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. There will be a conference on the Sunday focused on the impact...

Winning the Fields Medal

 The author of this article has a daughter, who at sixteen years of age, declared that her life would be over when she was thirty. This is as painful to write now, as a it was to listen to all those years ago. She feels differently now. #168351287 / gettyimages.com   John Charles Fields FRS,...

Supporting children in Cambridge

Cambridge Education Initiative #482150097 / gettyimages.com   A group of Cambridge Fellows is developing an initiative to improve educational outcomes for young people in the City’s deprived areas. Although, overall, Cambridge is one of the UK’s – and the world’s – most successful cities, it has pockets of deprivation and the educational performance of some...

Beginnings and endings – visualised…

‘Each of us narrates our lives as it suits us…’ says Elena Ferrante in her novel Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. it is possible to recognise the great truth in this reflection. We strive to become what it is we want to be, even sometimes presenting a face to the world that we...

Never retiring?

We are living longer, even despite social and economic disparities in society. We are retiring later and some individuals are not seeking to retire at all. A trend to longer, healthier lives means that there is more experience and energy that older people can offer than ever before. (You can see an Office of National...

Is yours a socially productive place?

Today sees the launch of a new RSA report, generously sponsored and in collaboration with British Land – Socially productive places – Learning from what works: lessons from British Land – born out of an earlier RSA conference. Social productivity is the additional social value that can be created through better relationships between citizens, society,...