Towards the end of a tumultuous 2020, I was invited to join the RSA - Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Not only was it a huge compliment, but I felt buoyed by the fact that this longstanding institute, whose members have included US founder Benjamin Franklin, wanted me to help them create a better world through social change.
After a gruelling eight months of having to restart my business after lockdown devastated my income and triggered a decline in my health, I was reassured that I'd chosen the right path.
At first I had to decline the request, as my limited business budget had been ploughed into pivoting. So when the RSA offered me a bursary, I gratefully snapped up the offer!
What is the RSA?
For 260 years the RSA has been committed to a future that works for everyone. A future where we can all participate in its creation.
Founded in 1754 with a meeting at Rawthmell's coffeehouse in London's Covent Garden, the RSA's other members have included Charles Dickens, Karl Marx and Adam Smith.
A hub for inventions, ideas and artworks at first, the RSA has since instigated the UK's first public exams, Britain's famous 'blue plaques' scheme and a national woodlands planting scheme back in the 1700s.
At the moment, the RSA is working on range of exciting projects. To name a few...
Research for the Universal Basic Income.
Supporting younger creative talent in creating a circular fashion.
Helping society make longstanding systemic changes.
Find out more here.
I'm excited about being part of a thriving, forward-thinking, global community of RSA fellows. In fact, I'm just one of 30,000!
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