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“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.”

Dr Emma Wakelin Director of Research & Innovation at the RCA

Upcoming talks

New IN SESSION talks coming soon...

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Past talks

This discussion considers the ecological imperative driving change within design curriculum and pedagogy.

With Harriet Harriss & Delfina Fantini van Ditmar


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? 

With John Thakara & Jeremy Myerson


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.

With Frances Holliss & Claudia Dutson


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.

With Judah Armani & Nadia Danhash


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.

With Christopher Patnoe & Rama Gheerawo


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.

With Henk Ovink & Laura Ferrarello


This conversation unpicks ‘Communities of Place’, a sociality cultivating a network of relationships that, after the crisis, could evolve into hybrid communities of place.

With Ezio Manzini & Rob Phillips


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.

With Tim Marlow & Jeremy Myerson


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.

With Laura Citron, Theo Blackwell & Nick de Leon


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


Contact us

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Jo Chounta Executive Education Coordinator