21st century citizenship the RSA way

Instilling a concept of 21st century citizenship in the public mind is where we should be headed says Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA… the latest in my series of interviews with leading people in social innovation for Pioneers Post 


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2 responses to “21st century citizenship the RSA way

  1. I note that Matthew Taylor feels models such as the Work Programme end up promoting, “skimming and parking, skimming the easiest clients and parking the hardest clients” with the result being, “there’s not much innovation taking place.”

    It reflected the last paragraph of the article I introduced yesterday about changing capitalism:

    “Hallman concludes that social business and social enterprise must be done by working backwards, from the problem: identify the worst social conditions in any given location, then analyze why the problem(s) exist. This method will always reveal all factors and barriers. Only then can the problem be understood, and then possibly fixed. But, he notes, barriers are often found in various organizations who are supposed to be trying to fix the problem, but have vested interests in direct conflict with achieving actual solutions.”

    I was invited to join the RSA a few years ago on the basis of what I’d related about microenterprise development in Russia which I hadn’t been involved in personally and declined on that basis.

    I also had doubts as to whether there was any real interest this was yet another forum with a membership revenue model. How many of these can a business using profit for social purpose join with diluting their mission?

    There is however some interesting content at times in the RSA Animate productions. One of the most recent was on the subject of ‘Outrospection’ which seems to share the same roots as our social business model in the influence of humanist psychology.



  2. As you know David, the focus of our own work has been an alternative tp capitalism for the benefit of people and by 2009 others began to refer to a people-centered form of economics.

    One was Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, the President of the United Nations General Assembly offered this in a speech:

    “The anti-values of greed, individualism and exclusion should be replaced by solidarity, common good and inclusion. The objective of our economic and social activity should not be the limitless, endless, mindless accumulation of wealth in a profit-centred economy but rather a people-centred economy that guarantees human needs, human rights, and human security, as well as conserves life on earth. These should be universal values that underpin our ethical and moral responsibility.”

    We’ll be hearing it again, next month whern Geof Mulgan calls for supporting the bees rather than the locusts:


    It prompts an obvious question. Perhaps the gorilla in the corner. Why haven’t they been doing this already, for those walking rather than talking it?


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