The original Virtual Coffee House was conceived in 2007 by six RSA Fellows in Newcastle with a shared enthusiasm for finding ways to better connect Fellows in the region and beyond.
It was an ambitious vision for using video and a range of other tools for connecting Fellows, and also a pilot site using the Ning system.
The VCH vision pre-dated, by a few months, the vision for online RSA Networks announced by Matthew Taylor in 2007. That initiate failed, as did several others that followed. However, in March 2017 a group a volunteer Fellows launched their own Fellows Forum.
In August 2017 RSA announced plans for a major extension of headquarters in John Adam Street, to be called the 21st Century Enlightenment Coffee house.
This physical development, promoted as “an engine room for a global network”, prompted discussion on the Fellows Forum about the need for an online complement to the space at London HQ … and the idea of a Virtual Coffee House was reborn on the virtualcoffeehouse.org blog.