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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

RSA is "the RAC of civic activism" - Matthew Taylor

Part of the evaluation by NESTA - who funded development of RSA networks - involved video interviews and clips from events, and they've been promising for a while that these would go up online. Their site gives an interview with chief executive Matthew Taylor as a taster.


RSA - A new vision for the RSA from NESTA Connect on Vimeo.

Towards the end of the interview Matthew likens the RSA to a kind if civic RAC, where you might find some experts prepared to help you out with a problem.
One of the ways in which I characterised the RSA ... the model I had at the very beginning ... was I wanted us to be the RAC of civic activism.
When you needed a group of people, people like us, reasonably high powered people from different kind of of backgrounds, quite self confident people, with a set of skills, - and you needed a group of people to come together to solve a problem - ring the RSA.
Wherever they are, they are that kind of people and they have got that kind of network. That is ultimately my aspiration.

You can also hear what Matthew said at an OpenRSA event in October 2007 over here.

RSA - Setting the conditions from NESTA Connect on Vimeo.

On the NESTA vimeo account you can now find more videos, including this interesting explanation from Laura Bunt - who leads on RSA networks development - about how things were planned internally among department. Laura and Laura Billings from the Fellowship department will be giving us an update at the workshop on Thursday.
I'll be taking a camera, and hoping we can get a progress update on video. Written reports are fine, but I think that the videos by Eleanor Ford and Simone Jaeger give a far better idea of the vision and challenges of the past eighteen months.

2 comments:

Tessy Britton said...

The videos are great - thanks for posting them here David. I still think the vision is wonderful!

davidwilcox said...

Thanks Tessy. However, leads me to think, on Matthew's vision - if I'm to be an RSA/RAC call-out person, where's the control centre? Is that what I want to volunteer for? Feels a bit top down. And do I have to pay £140 for it too ...