RSA Events


The RSA hosts one of the world’s leading public events programmes, delivering over 100 lectures, talks, screenings and debates a year.

These events provide a platform for our most exciting public thinkers, and encourage intelligent exploration of today’s most urgent social challenges.

Our public programme welcomes speakers from across the world and across disciplines – all united by a belief in the power of ideas to inspire and motivate social change.

All of the audio files are recordings of talks in our public events programme.


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Title: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are

How DNA Makes Us Who We Are

December 11th, 2019

Behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin argues that the DNA revolution has profound implications for parenting and education. If so, how should we respond?… Go to Episode

‘Don’t Forget the Magic’

December 6th, 2019

Mark Major RDI, incoming Master of the RDI Faculty, will give the 2019 Address on the way in which his experience of illuminating public space has helped… Go to Episode

A Social Movement for the Common Good

December 6th, 2019

Changemaker Paul Sinton-Hewitt tells the story of parkrun, the uniquely accessible and social initiative which has opened the possibility of wellbeing… Go to Episode

How Big Tech Betrayed Us

December 2nd, 2019

How did internet companies take over the world? Economic analyst Rana Foroohar explores how we can challenge the power of the tech giants. This event… Go to Episode