We are living in an age of anger: from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media. Pankaj Mishra discusses how and why we got to this point.
We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process. Neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin visited the RSA to help us sort the wheat from the digital chaff.
Alex Evans visited the RSA to contend that in this time of global crisis and transition – mass migration, inequality, resource scarcity and climate change – it is only by finding new myths that we will navigate our way to a better future.
Influential economist and New York Times columnist Robert Frank argues that it is vital that we gain a more accurate understanding of the role of chance if we are to create better, fairer economies and societies, and shows how inequality driven by chance can be mitigated by adopting relatively simple policy solutions.
Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy Fredrik Erixon and innovation strategist Björn Weigel argue that declining economic dynamism in Western economies, growing corporate reluctance to contest markets and excessive regulation are limiting our ability to innovate.
As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy Crehan was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to be based on lessons from ‘top-performing’ education systems. She visits the RSA to document some of her journey, weaving together her experiences with research on policy, history, psychology and culture.
Renowned social psychologist Jonathan Haidt uses an optical illusion to demonstrate how our brains are influenced, and how most of us stick unswervingly to one of two persuasive stories about capitalism.
Simon Sinek describes his vision of a fulfilled life, delves in to the types of people who inspire him, and how they make him want to be a better person, as well as reveals how his travelled upbringing has made him the person that he is today.
The vote to leave the EU exposed the poor quality of public debate about complex issues in the UK, and demonstrated the need for a complete rethink of the way we communicate about and engage citizens in economics. Katie Ghose explores how we can improve the quality of public discussion about the economy – and, in doing so, change economics itself for the better.
Renowned ‘Undercover Economist’ Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value: creativity, responsiveness, and resilience, are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.
Historian and author of The Silk Roads Peter Frankopan; academic and cultural critic Sarah Churchwell and political scientist Matthew Goodwin reflect on what has been a turbulent year in national and international political, social and cultural events.