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  1. Can Altruism Be More Effective? - RSA

    Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA

    Peter Singer’s ideas have been disturbing our complacency ever since the appearance of his radical essay on animal rights. He now visits the RSA to discuss a provocative new movement in which his own ideas have played a crucial role: effective altruism.

    Effective altruism is built upon the idea that living a fully ethical life involves doing the "most good you can do." Such a life requires a new and unsentimental view of charitable giving: to be a worthy recipient of our support, an organisation must be able to demonstrate that it will do more good with our money or our time than all the other options open to us.  

    Singer has controversially challenged those who donate to the arts, and to charities focused on helping our fellow citizens, rather than those for whom we can do the most good. Is he right – should we only focus on rationally maximising the good we can do, and will that help us tackle the world’s most pressing problems?

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  2. Designing a World Where People Come First - RSA

    Steve Hilton, CEO, Crowdpac; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA

    Steve Hilton, visiting professor at Stanford University and former senior adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, believes that the frustrations people have with government, politics, their economic circumstances and their daily lives are caused by deep structural problems in the systems that dominate our modern world - systems that are broken because they’ve grown too far from the human scale.

    At the RSA, he shows how change is possible, offering the latest research, compelling stories and case studies from all over the world across industry, politics, education, design and social action to show us what can happen when we make our world more human. A more local, more accountable and more human way of living, he argues, will make us more productive, more fulfilled and ultimately happier.

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  3. The Importance of Character - RSA

    David Brooks, Author and columnist

    Are you more focussed on your value to the marketplace, or on the integrity of your inner life?

    In today’s culture of achievement, the drive for external success and attention is so fierce there’s little time to cultivate inner depth. We’re taught to be assertive, to master skills, to broadcast our brand, to get likes, to get followers. We’ve become a self-preoccupied society; and the noise, the fast and shallow communications, makes it hard to hear the quiet voices that steer us beyond our immediate needs.

    New York Times bestselling author and one of the greatest thinkers of our time, David Brooks visits the RSA to urge us to reevaluate, and to confront the meaning of true fulfilment.

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  4. The Power Of Compassion: Change Yourself And The World - RSA

    Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk and author; Madeleine Bunting, Author and Guardian Columnist

    How can we tackle the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short-term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long-term?

    Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and public thinker whose powerful message has influenced major economists such as Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz and George Soros.  He has taken his simple, yet radical message to Davos and the United Nations, and now visits the RSA to make a robust case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for benefitting society – and ourselves.

    It seems so simple, but why is it so hard to implement this ancient solution to both our personal and global 21st century  predicaments?

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  5. In Search of a Fuller Life - RSA

    Theodore Zeldin, Philosopher; Joe Hallgarten, Director of Creative Learning and Development

    Acclaimed philosopher Theodore Zeldin takes us in search of what a full and flourishing life could be.

    Theodore Zeldin has engaged in a lifetime of philosophical study. He now argues that both the greatest problem and the greatest opportunity of the twenty-first century are to be found in our relationships with others.

    With examples from every corner of human experience - from work, to relationships, to business and politics - Zeldin reveals how our society is full of untapped potential for richer, more creative human interactions. It is only by truly relating to others that we can break out of our stultifying patterns of thought and behaviour, and glimpse the fullness of what it is possible to experience as a human being.

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  6. Towards An Economy That Works For Us - RSA

    David Graeber, Anthropologist and author; Jonathan Schifferes, Senior Researcher, Public Services and Communities, RSA

    An essential critique for our times; an examination of the institutions that rule our lives and a glimpse of the better, freer world we could begin to imagine for ourselves.

    David Graeber is an anthropologist, a leading figure in the Occupy movement, and one of our most original and influential public thinkers.

    He comes to the RSA to address our current age of ‘total bureaucratization’, in which public and private power has gradually fused into a single entity, rife with rules and regulations, whose ultimate purpose is the extraction of wealth in the form of profits. 

    David will consider what it would take, in terms of intellectual clarity, political will and imaginative power – to conceive and build a flourishing and fair future economy, which would maximise the scope for individual and collective creativity, and would be sustainable and just.

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  7. The Age of Disruption - RSA

    Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor, The Economist; Rowan Conway, Director of Research and Innovation

    How should we adapt and change in the face of unprecedented disruption to the world of work?

    It is tempting to dismiss disruption as yet another business fad. But nothing could be more wrong.

    Disruption is driven by a host of forces—from the digital revolution to the rise of Asia to financial innovation—and it is only going to speed up. Disruption is going to grip new industries such as education and healthcare. It is going to shake up hitherto protected guilds such as lawyers and management consultants. It is going to reshape politics as large numbers of people are unsettled by change and barriers to entry into politics fall. These changes are simultaneously utopian and dystopian, confounding both optimists and pessimists and presenting policy makers with extraordinary problems.

    The Economist’s management editor Adrian Wooldridge visits the RSA to examine how disruption will have an impact on the future of economics and work.

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  8. How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction - RSA

    Matthew Crawford, Philosopher and mechanic; Professor Guy Claxton, Emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences, Centre for Real-World Learning, University of Winchester

    With ever-increasing demands on our attention, how do we focus on what’s really important in our lives?

    Matthew Crawford, acclaimed author of The Case for Working with Your Hands, argues that our current crisis of attention, dissatisfaction with ourselves and alienation from other people, is the result of long-held assumptions in Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. 

    In order to flourish, we need to establish meaningful connections with the world, the people around us and the historical moment we live in.  

    What is needed is an ‘ethics of attention for our time’, grounded in a realistic account of the mind and a critical gaze at modern culture.

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