Events, or specifically lectures, are probably the resource for which the RSA is best known. Whether it is the incredible collection of world leading speakers we have at John Adam Street; the innovative Animate series; or the range of events that take place outside London, as a Society we put together some incredible lectures.
This week I attended the RSA’s lecture at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where the future of the city was discussed. The following day, I…Continue
Added by Jamie Cooke on August 26, 2011 at 15:15 — No Comments
I was lucky enough last night to attend a wonderful example of optimism in action, namely a Scottish BBQ. We all know that the likelihood of the rain staying off is virtually nil, particularly during ‘summer’, and yet 30 Fellows and interested others braved the torrential downpour (and it was quite a sight!) to gather for the inaugural RSA Scotland Midsummer’s BBQ.
Despite the inevitable weather, it was a great evening, an eclectic mixture of individuals sharing very good food…
Added by Jamie Cooke on June 22, 2011 at 11:12 — No Comments
Monday was a busy day in Edinburgh, with two RSA events taking place in the city. Firstly, the Media, Creative Industries, Culture and Heritage network (MCICH) had an event exploring Economic, the Internet and Society at the Faculty of Advocates; followed by an evening seminar to explore Public Service Reform in Scotland, which I had initiated with Ann Packard, a Scottish Fellow. Matthew Taylor was up for both events, chairing the first and speaking at the second.
They were both…
Added by Jamie Cooke on June 16, 2011 at 13:38 — No Comments
Well, we certainly picked an auspicious day for the event. On Saturday a group of Fellows from Scotland and North East England gathered together at the beautiful Paxton House near Berwick-upon-Tweed (designed by the same architects as the RSA House in London) for a day of philosophy. More specifically, it was a day of David Hume, the Scottish philosopher (the most important to write in English in history according to A.J. Ayer) and…Continue
Added by Jamie Cooke on May 24, 2011 at 10:27 — No Comments
It’s funny, my day yesterday started very badly and yet ended on a complete high. Problems with my Blackberry had left me realising how dependent I had become on the darn thing – I normally despise its ability to control my life, however being without it has left me with the inescapable truth that my working life becomes much harder without it.
Despite this challenge (and a few others which leapt up to confront me), I managed to have a couple of incredibly positive connections which…Continue
Added by Jamie Cooke on May 13, 2011 at 9:29 — No Comments
Last week marked my first anniversary in post. Funnily enough, I didn’t even realise at the time, partly because it has felt like a lot longer (all in a good way, I promise!). I think it is one of the realities of both the job and the wider RSA that time can be a very precious and limited resource, meaning that months slip by before you’ve realised.
It does seem a good time to stop and reflect, to take stock of where the year has taken me and what lies ahead. The role of a…Continue
Added by Jamie Cooke on March 31, 2011 at 11:10 — No Comments