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Heritage Exchange 2014: Forging the next generation of heritage thinking

A note from Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, addressing the Heritage Exchange 2014 event, in partnership with the RSA, aiming to help collectively consider the way ahead for the next generation of heritage thinking.

The Face of Justice?

Andrew Morley FRSA argues that those advocating restricting the wearing of the veil in court should tread carefully.

Working back to happiness

Pay and benefits are not enough when it comes to employee satisfaction. Alexander Kjerulf FRSA argues that employers also need to make their staff happy.

A Second Renaissance?

The first renaissance was about loss of belief in authority. Today, as faith in our institutions declines, Rolf Jensen and Mika Aaltonen FRSAs argue we need a second.

Mindfulness: not solving difficult problems

There is currently an explosion of interest in mindfulness, crudely put, the paying of attention to the moment. Mark Leonard argues that simple but powerful mindfulness exercises and broader access to training in the workplace could help us harness the power of our demons for good.

Empathy 2.0

The US election was defined as much by candidates’ perceived ability to empathise as economic policy, argues Mark Honigsbaum.

RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.

Governance in society

Mark Thriscutt FRSA suggests emphasising personal responsibility to tackle individual and organisational misbehavior.

RSA Animate – The Divided Brain

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.

Can we teach moral reasoning?

Emma Worley asks whether lessons in morality can be considered within the curriculum review

RSA Animate – Choice

Fusing sociology, psychoanalysis and philosophy, Professor Renata Salecl shows that individual choice is rarely based on a simple rational decision with a predictable outcome.

RSA Animate – Language as a Window into Human Nature

In this RSA Animate, Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings

Darwin, Morality and Human Behaviour

Clem Henricson FRSA examines the question of what part morality plays in our evolution.

Universities of Tolerance

UK’s universities are uniquely placed to increase tolerance in an interconnected world, writes Richard Brown FRSA

Beyond the birth rate

Kamaljeet Gill re-evaluates the perceived objectivity of migrant birth rates to call for renewed debate on racial equality.

RSA Animate – First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

In this short RSA Animate, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving. View the original lecture on RSA Vision. Download a transcript of this video (pdf) Tweet

RSA Animate – Smile or Die

Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking. This animation is inspired by her lecture at the RSA.

Creative Milieux

As the next great wave of capitalist economic development takes hold, cities will once again be great centres of wealth creation, technological advances and artistic innovation, says John Montgomery FRSA

Video: Elizabeth Gould – How experience influences the brain

Benjamin Franklin Medal winner Elizabeth Gould talks to Matthew Taylor about how experience influences the brain

Video: Michael Thompson – How cultural theory can offer a new economic paradigm

Michael Thompson and Matthew Taylor discuss how cultural theory can offer a new economic paradigm.

Video: Steven Pinker – Changing Minds

Professor Steven Pinker talks to Jonathan Carr-West about evolutionary psychology and cognition.