Making sense of a changing world … some of the great RSA videos you must watch

April 10, 2017

The RSA Animate series was conceived as an innovative, accessible and unique way of illustrating and sharing the world-changing ideas from the RSA’s free public events programme. With millions of views and thousands of comments, fans and subscribers, RSA Animates have revolutionised the field of knowledge visualisation whilst spreading the most important ideas of our time.

RSA Animates are created in collaboration with Cognitive. Andrew Park, the illustrator behind the series  discusses their appeal and success in his blog ‘Talk to the Hand’.

Firstly, Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today.

Ever wondered why kids say they’re bored at school, or why they stop trying when the work gets harder? Educationalist Carol Dweck explains how the wrong kind of praise actually harms young people. This short video is essential viewing for everyone, from teachers and education workers to relatives and friends , and will totally revolutionise the way you interact with children.

Are we really as altruistic as we might like to think? Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s case for re-evaluating the evidence.

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem – and could it also be part of the solution? Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture.

Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

We explore how brain and behaviour research is increasingly being incorporated into political and policy debate.

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. View Dan Pink’s full talk here.

Manuel Lima explores the power of network visualisation to navigate our complex modern world. The senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world.

‘Economics is for everyone’, argues legendary economist Ha-Joon Chang in our latest mind-blowing RSA Animate. This is the video economists don’t want you to see! Chang explains why every single person can and should get their head around basic economics. He pulls back the curtain on the often mystifying language of derivatives and quantitative easing, and explains how easily economic myths and assumptions become gospel.

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