This page provides background on RSA networks, OpenRSA,
and the workshop being hosted at the University of Westminster on February 19 2009
In February 2007 Matthew Taylor, the new chief executive of the
RSA, emailed Fellows with a vision
that “the RSA becomes a network for civic innovation, empowering both Fellows and staff to develop new initiatives that promote and deliver progress in society”. On November 22 2007 the RSA hosted an event where some 250 Fellows developed ideas on how to put this vision into practice - reports and videos here.
During 2008 the RSA developed the network online and through face-to-face events.
OpenRSA was started as an online network, with occasional events, by a group of Fellows and others interested in supporting bottom-up development of RSA networks. The “open” tag emphasised people’s interest in ensuring that the civic innovation processes engaged people outside RSA Fellowship, as well as Fellows.
Following discussion online two Fellows, Lizzie Jackson and David Gauntlett, offered to host a half-day event at the University of Westminster to explore further development of RSA networks. RSA staff agreed to participate, in order to provide context and sum up discussions. Invitation and programme here.
RSA sent out the invitations, David Gauntlett and Lizzie Jackson are hosting and facilitating discussion.
To provide an update on RSA networks development (from RSA staff), and explore further development during interactive sessions facilitated by David Gauntlett, who is Professor of Media and Communications at the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster. More here about David’s work.
Since the main focus is the development of network for RSA Fellows,
the 30 invitations are limited to RSA Fellows, staff and NESTA, who funded the development programme.
Anyone is welcome to discuss RSA networks and project development in the online spaces (as above), and those participating in the workshop are encouraged to reflect this discussion on the day. However, the focus of the interactive sessions on the day will be hands-on 3D model building … so direct inputs from outside the workshop are difficult to accommodate.