The History of the RSA by Jamie Cooke

Jamie Cooke came along to Leith on the 12th of June 2012 to talk a bit about the history of the RSA.  A great guy who is always running around setting something up or making something happen.  On that night he was telling us what he puts his life into, a great history…
Background:  The Royal Society for the encourage of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and peopl’s hopes for a better world.

Royal Society of Arts

In our 250 years of existence, the RSA has brought together some of the world’s greatest thinkers.  With a history rich in intellectual triumph and human endeavour, the RSA has made a broad range of contributions to human progress, some of which surround us every day!

Founded in a coffee shop in Covent Garden in 1754, the RSA has a wealth of notable achievements and Fellows in its 250-year history.  These include RSA Medals, awarded annually to international thought-leaders and innovators.  The Archive preserves historical records relating to the RSA’s activities and administration and makes them available for research.  Find out about how Jamie and others are reviving the RSA tradition of premiums for social innovation…

Jamie Cooke talks about the history of the Royal Society of Arts by Raggeduniversity on Mixcloud


On the evening, Jamie’s talk was followed by the RSA animate – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – all free to view on YouTube and the RSA website….