Sometimes you stumble about something in the web and think: “Hell yeah, this is fantastic”. And that was my reaction towards the animations of RSA. The RSA is short for “Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce”. So basically it’s a society for social progress, based in London.
“In the light of new challenges and opportunities for the human race, the RSA seeks to develop and promote new ways of thinking about human fulfilment and social progress. We do this by providing a platform for ideas and debate, a programme of innovative research and development, and through the activities of our 27,000 strong Fellowship. By combining thought leadership, social engagement and powerful forms of collaboration, the RSA can make a vital and unique contribution to civic capacity.” (via thersa.org)
The RSA has several projects which are all pretty impressive. For example the project Opening Minds, where they try to provide young people with a a set of five competencies, including Citizenship, Learning, Managing Information, Managing Situations and Relating to People. Or another project, Design and Society:
“Design & Society argues that design will be fundamental to closing the gap between behaviour and aspiration because of the particular resourcefulness that designers represent. Ready to improvise and prototype, brave in the face of disorder and complexity, holistic and people-centred in their approach to defining problems, designers have a vital role to play today in making society itself more resourceful.” (via thersa.org)
“A famous centre for Enlightenment thinking, the RSA House has been the intellectual and social home of some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 200 years.”
I am honest when I say that I would truely love to work for such an organization. Helping the society to change and to develop by organizing events, platforms and exchange is a life goal of mine.
But the reason for noticing the RSA were their animations I found on the blog of Frank Chimero. And the fact that he founds it through a weblog of a 6th grade class makes me smile. The animations are stunning. They provide a lot of information, visualized in comic style sketches and descriptions, supported with narration. Be sure to watch them all on the RSA youtube channel.