Every Friday from midday on The Steps, our mini-amphitheatre, Fellows are invited to take to the stage to address a challenge, open a conversation or share a project. Take a seat to find out about new and exciting ideas, or to stand up and address the audience.
If you’d like to speak on The Steps it is free to sign up, please just get in touch to find a suitable date. The coffeehouse is open to the public and we’d encourage you to invite guests to hear you talk.
There's no need to book a ticket; if you are in the coffeehouse on a Friday pop by The Steps to discover new ideas and projects from the Fellowship, or find out about upcoming speakers and topics to plan your visit below.
The dates for 2018 are:
Friday 7th December
- To celebrate Rawthmells’ opening, we’re bringing together a series of powerful conversations and sharing the best ideas on some of the challenges we face as a society in the next decade and beyond: an economy that works for everyone; a well-rounded education; and how to tackle inequality. To see the full programme please click here. This Friday, the Conversations will be exploring the issues and ideas relevant to one of our core change aims: public services and communities.
- At 12pm join Becca Antik and Tom Harrison, researchers on our public services and communities team, for a conversation on social isolation. What do you think are the biggest drivers of social isolation and how does it play out for different groups and in different places?
- At 1pm David Hurst FRSA will talk about the need for both an ecological and an engineering model for change and renewal in discussions about public sector change
- At 2pm Judah Armani FRSA, InHouse Records. Judah will be talking about the intersection of design and social impact, and will explore the framework that he used in creating an initiative for change. InHouse Records uses the arts as a pivot to create engaged learning and develop industry accredited transferable skills.
- At 3pm, join Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz FRSA, founder of MenSpeak Men’s groups (http://www.mensgroups.co.uk), in a conversation about how this movement can tackle social issues behind the alarming statistics of isolated, depressed and suicidal men, and to discuss how these groups can be scaled up by training men and women to work within their own communities to combat this worrying national trend.
Friday 14th December
- At 12pm - How can we use social media to catalyse change? Join Carolina Karlstrom FRSA, Associate of Ecoed Life using gaming to raise environmental awareness and inspire to change, to hear her recent experience of discussing social media with a group of Gen Z and how social media can be used for catalysing sustainability. This discussion is aiming to hear your views on how these learnings as well as your experiences and ideas can be used to catalyse change in the world. How is social media and gaming shifting how we create agency and our practice as change agents? And is social media and gaming something that should be encouraged or not, what are the impacts? Can it be effectively used as a power for good?
- At 1pm Amelia Knott FRSA will be talking about the Dignity in Freedom Initiative, a new project to engage businesses in supporting survivors of modern slavery in the UK
The dates for 2019 are:
Friday 11th January
- At 1pm Kate McAlpine FRSA will talk about the mindset that predisposes Tanzanians to take action to protect young people, how this differs from people who would say “Its none of my business” when confronted with a suffering child, and the potential to leverage these individuals in collective action for wider civic improvement.
- At 2pm join Moray MacPhail FRSA who will be talking about a project he is hoping to get off the ground in 2019, the working title of which is “Make and Mend”. He will explore why people are making less, what the effects are and whether this matters (spoiler altert: he thinks it does!)
Friday 18th January
- At 1pm Alister Scott FRSA will explore 6 obstacles to climate action, 6 answers and one huge opportunity. The urgency of climate change is plain to all who are prepared to look. Yet how do we engage people and communities in the challenge of addressing it? Alister will identiy 6 solutions via community energy and will outline the consented Cuckmere Community Solar farm in Sussex where they are trying to pull off a world first - feeding the power from a solar farm into the railway. Alister is also looking for your help to catalyse the project - take a seat on The Steps to join the conversation.
- At 2pm join Bruno Maag FRSA for 'Mind Your Letters'. Bruno will be discussing how typography and the choice of font can affect how accessible a document is. An overview of the history of the letterforms of the Latin alphabet provides background information and an insight into neuroscience explains our reading processes.
Friday 25th January