The Glory of Failure campaign was originally an RSA Networks project created by Mitchell Sava in 2007. It is now co-chaired by Jonathan Jewell.
RSA Networks is part of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA).
The goal of 'The Glory of Failure' is to change society's attitude to failure, encouraging a more healthy approach to risk taking and removing the taboo around failure.
The idea behind the project came from observation of the differences in culture between the UK and the US in respect of attitudes to entrepreneurship. This quickly expanded to cover societal, organisational and individual experiences of failure. Drafts of the principles and dimensions of failure were tested at a transdisciplinary colloquium held in September 2009 in London and the campaign then divided into a number of work streams. A book (The Failure Files') based on the content of the first Colloquium is currently under development to be published late 2010.
The organising structure behind these work streams is the University of Failure which serves as a vehicle for research, theory into practice, education and training around failure and is home to the repository 'The Library of Failure'. The current themes being considered are failure in the context of organisations, education, individual failures/adverse life events, and a media campaign about getting high profile speakers to talk about their experiences of failure. The media campaign retains the original title of 'The Glory of Failure' while the University organises the other activities associated with the project.
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