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Building capabilities

Design for Life Building capabilities

Change starts with supporting people to learn and lead. At the heart of our Design for Life mission is the commitment to understand and unlock the confidence, capabilities and connections of children, learners and entrepreneurs of all ages. We want to help them reach their full potential in how they shape a regenerative world.

How are we achieving this?

Capabilities for life

Exploring and cultivating the capabilities required to ensure business aims and practices contribute towards a regenerative economy.

Design for Life Awards

Offering collaborative and inclusive learning experiences for children, learners and entrepreneurs helping them grow the capabilities and ideas needed for a regenerative world.

Playful green planet

Co-creating nature-based learning spaces and activities for 3-11-year-olds in urban areas, using creativity to build strong connections with nature and community.

Attend an event about our capabilities work

  • Design for Life: nurturing life-centric capabilities

    At the House / Fellowship events / Design for Life series

    The Coffee House (RSA House) and Online via Zoom

    This summer, the RSA will work with Fellows to craft a series of life-centric learning journeys rooted in our capabilities to test on the RSA’s Design for Life Awards. Jahnvi Singh (Senior Learning Designer) will share more about our vision for the learning experiences that will bring these capabilities to life.

  • RSA Fellowship Townhall

    Fellowship events


    Join us at our next Fellowship Townhall to hear updates on our Social Connections, Student Design Awards and Pupil Design Awards interventions.

  • Design for Life: Playful Green Planet

    Fellowship events / Design for Life series

    The Coffee House (RSA House) and Online via Zoom

    Playful Green Planet aims to transform how children foster a connection to nature and community through creative outdoor play. Join us to hear about the journey to date, and hear about examples in action from Penny Hay FRSA (Professor of Imagination at Bath Spa University), and Sam Kendall (Education Manager at the Eden Project).

Related capabilities content

  • Student Design Awards 2024: meet the shortlist


    Aoife O'Doherty

    The RSA Student Design Awards 2023 shortlist has been announced. Across nine briefs, 70 students are working to bring positive social change to people, place and planet.

  • Inspired by nature


    Rebecca Ford Alessandra Tombazzi Penny Hay

    Our Playful green planet team summarises a ‘lunch and learn’ at RSA House that focused on how the influence of nature can benefit a child’s development.

  • The slow death of classical music education


    Ray Coyte

    Classical music is becoming a niche activity not helped by the fact that fewer and fewer state school pupils are learning to play orchestral instruments. It’s time to reassess our priorities, argues Ray Coyte.

Explore our other Design for Life areas of focus

  • Growing hubs

    Design for Life works across organisations, communities, industries and regions to create new ways for them to achieve regenerative impact together.

  • Developing infrastructure

    Design for Life develops and influences infrastructure at a system-wide level that people, communities and organisations need to drive regenerative change.

Become an RSA Fellow

The RSA Fellowship is a unique global network of changemakers enabling people, places and the planet to flourish. We invite you to be part of this change.