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Free online talks led by RCA academic faculty featuring notable guest speakers with industry specialism and leading professional practitioners in their field.
“The ways in which we live, work, study and relax have changed in ways that were unthinkable just a few months ago. Governments look to medics, scientists and social scientists to steer us through the pandemic. But if it's true that sciences give us life, but the arts make life worth living, surely now, more than ever, we need the insights that art and design can offer as we look towards life after the pandemic.”Director of Research & Innovation at the RCA
Can design activate a sense of agency towards others?
30 May 2023 | 1–2pm BST
This event brings together Dr Rob Phillips, Senior Tutor in Design Products at the RCA and Anna Meroni, Professor of Design at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano, to discuss ways designers can navigate and trigger societal change for the common good and public interest.
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Digital Transformation and the Future of Healthcare
This event brought together Professor Ashley Hall, RCA and Professor Venere Ferraro, POLI.design, both experts in healthcare and wellbeing, to discuss the role of digitalisation in the healthcare sector using the perspective of the design discipline.
AI — creative tool or existential threat?
This event brought together three renowned figures from the visual arts to investigate the role of artificial intelligence in the production of creative visual work.
with Adrian Shaughnessy, Jessica Helfand and Michael Horsham
Is Creativity missing in Leadership?
This event brought together Adam Kingl in conversation with the RCA’s Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Rama Gheerawo, to discuss new tools and perspectives about creativity and leadership. The conversation was hosted by Ve Dewey who comes from both the creative and business side of work.
Another World is Possible
This event brought together Sir Geoff Mulgan in conversation with RCA’s Head of Service Design Clive Grinyer, to discuss sustainability, social innovation and policy and the role of creativity and design in building imaginative futures.
What is Intelligent Mobility?
This talk brings together Dr Jiayu Wu in conversation with Martin Uhlarik and Rikesh Shah to discuss pioneering innovations incorporating human centred design in automotive, new mobility and public transport systems at scale.
Expand: Stretching The Future By Design
The talk brings together Christian Bason, Danish Design Centre CEO in conversation with two academics who have pioneered social change through design research - Mariana Amatullo, Parsons School of Design and Jeremy Myerson, RCA to discuss about design and the future of social innovation.
Writing for Whom? The Publics of Curating
This discussion brings together Jeremy Millar and Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery, about writing, curating and contemporary art, and the ways in which these practices address different publics. The event was chaired by Dr Rosie Ram.
Contemporary Pasts: Curating Archives and Collections for the Present
This talk brings together Dr Ben Cranfield and Patrick Flores as they consider the potential for contemporary art and curating to offer new ways of engaging with archives. The event was chaired by Dr Rosie Ram.
This talk brings together Lynda Gratton and Jeremy Myerson, they drew on their latest research about the future of work and shared ground-breaking ideas on how to ‘redesign work’ in the hybrid era.
Portfolio as Practice
This talk brings together editor and curator Dr Gerrie van Noord, Gary Clough and Richard Nash where they discuss the importance of art direction, critical writing and content curation in the construction of a portfolio.
Ecologies of Curating
This talk brings together Dr Rosie Ram (Visiting Lecturer in Curating Contemporary Art and Course Leader, Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Theory and Practice at the RCA) and Dr Zoé Whitley (Director of Chisenhale Gallery and graduate of MA V&A/RCA History of Design, 2003). The discussion will explore the ecologies of curating that sustain the production and presentation of contemporary art and design across local, national and international contexts.
Empowering artistic practice in uncertain times
This talk brings together Despina, Marily and Dimitra to discuss strategies of empowering contemporary artistic practice in uncertain times.
with Dr Despina Zacharopoulou, Marily Konstantinopoulou and Dimitra Nikolou
Inclusion = Innovation = Impact?
This talk brings together Ninela and Oli to explore three themes that are central to a world-wide building back better: How can we create products, services and environments that are people-centred, stakeholder-inclusive and change life for the better? What is the role for design in enabling companies to identify and seize opportunities for innovation in an overstretched global economy? How do we ensure that solutions to the challenges of today have long-term sustainability and impact?
This talk brings together Nick, Emma, Inara and Judah to share with you what it takes to create and deliver an innovation strategy, build the capacity inside your organisation as well as how to unleash the creativity and innovations of your customers, business partners and supply chain alike.
Publishing the self
This talk brings together Gary Clough, Richard Nash and renowned graphic designer and publisher Tony Brook to discuss their individual practices and parallels between the progression portfolio and art & design publishing.
Design curricula for climate crisis
This discussion considers the ecological imperative driving change within design curriculum and pedagogy.
The new geographies of innovation
This talk explores enabling conditions for system change, ecological thinking and social infrastructure, the role of designers and how far can we go to fix a cultural disconnection between the man-made world and the biosphere?
Sites of labour: Silicon Valley workplace in counterpoint to home-based work
This conversation explores the implications of the global experiment in home-based work during Covid-19 and ideas relating to 'going to work', 'being at work' and 'leaving work' from the contrasting perspectives of Silicon Valley and the home.
Tackling some of the toughest challenges of our age through design
This talk focuses on the challenges that founders face balancing their impact goals with the harsh realities of building a successful business, from offender rehabilitation, access to sanitation through to climate change.
Open sourcing leadership – a creativity conversation
This discussion is about the emerging area of Creative Leadership, how the three values of Empathy, Clarity and Creativity can affect personal and professional practices.
Designing transformation for the planet
This session explores the opportunities people can collaboratively develop for constructing economies, innovation and generally skills that account for the planet and its natural resources as social assets.
Communities of place
This conversation unpicks ‘Communities of Place’, a sociality cultivating a network of relationships that, after the crisis, could evolve into hybrid communities of place.
Is design really humanity’s best friend?
This talk explores the role designers should play in building a better post-Covid world, how a design museum might bring the creative community together and whether the extravagant claims of liberal institutions to cultural leadership can be justified.
Open innovation for London: why it matters?
This conversation is about the importance of collaborative and inclusive Open Innovation (OI), its impact in London, the role of place in designing OI strategies and the importance of diversity and inclusion in OI.
Exclusion! Why design should be doing more
This session shares strategies for change, stories of challenge, celebrates success and voice aspiration. How can design open its doors and windows to a variety of experiences and cultures… and ensure that they stay open.
With Dori Tunstall, Carole Bilson, Mark Rutledge & Rama Gheerawo
More opportunities to study at the RCA
Human-Centred Design for Intelligent Mobility
Design Thinking & Innovation in Collaboration with the Design Museum
Service Design Masterclass
Art & Design Portfolio Development
Get in touch with Jo Chounta if you'd like to find out more about the IN SESSION: talks