The Motomethod is a Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver. What differ the shops from ordinary bike shops is that it’s allow the customer to take part in the repairs or modification of their bikes, which gives them the opportunity to learn how their bike work, as well as making them understand that new isn’t always best; maintaining and modifying what you have can sometimes be just as good, if not better.
Don Tapscott is author of 15 books about aspects of how digital is shaping the fundament of civilization. The talk provides a good insight into how a more open network is providing collaboration, transparency, sharing and empowerment to voices that normally wouldn’t have the chance to express their opinions, and how this support democracy and innovation.
The Geek Manifesto: Why science matters from The RSA on Vimeo.
Mark Henderson, one of Britain's leading science communicators, argues that science needs to have a more dominant place in society. He presents the shocking fact that out of the 650 MP's in Parliament, only one comes from a science background. With little knowledge of the scientific method, many MP's are blind to the fact that science can positively contribute to policy. In this RSA presentation, Henderson urges his fellow geeks to become more involved; lobbying in their communities and making an actual difference. ...
Alia Mahmoud, NYU graduate of International Business and Economic Development, sought to understand business’ business in peacemaking. After the Tunisian revolution she relocated there to spearhead a nonprofit initiative for job creation. In her TED talk, she speaks of the need for an entrepreneurial revolution in Tunisia to integrate the masses of unemployed youth back into society. Mahmoud acknowledges that to inspire change there must be a reworking of the education, banking, and private sectors.
Muqeem Khan is a visual-effects guru known for his work on the films Armageddon, Flubber and George of the Jungle. He teaches 2D and 3D animation classes at Northwestern University in Qatar. The video exhibits his views on future scenarios that we may have to face as a result in the change of technology.
Aged 16 and 14 respectively, Boushra and Line are homeschooling enthusiasts. Largely self-taught, they collectively speak Arabic, English, Chinese, German, Italian and French. They speak of their lives such as the limitations of their age and what they've started to do overcome some of them.
Philosopher and Sociologist Alexander Bard explains how the sudden increase in the use of the internet has drastically changed our way of acting and thinking, in effect designing us as much as we design these internet services.
Bill Drayton, the world’s best-known social entrepreneur and founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public visits the RSA to discuss the key skills that every person must learn and practice in order to succeed and contribute meaningfully in a world defined by rapid change.The old paradigm of growing up was mastering society’s knowledge and rules. In a static society, that was adequate, but it is not any longer. In a world defined by escalating change, today’s young people have to have the skills to be able to contribute to change if they are going to be real players 10 or 15 years...
Our society rewards the extrovert, the assertive, the charismatic and the vocal. But as many as one third of us are introverts. For years, this entire section of the population has been told that the very foundation of their personality is a character flaw. As a result, the introvert has become the eternal underdog, and most of us are taught to repress, not nurture, our introverted tendencies. Why do we place so much value on volume? And what if we’ve been wrong all along? Susan Cain, author of a ground-breaking new book: 'Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking',...
Philosopher Alain de Botton argues that despite the falsity of supernatural claims of religion, they still have very important things to teach the secular world. Rather than mocking or deriding religions, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from them - because they're packed with good ideas on how to live and arrange our societies. De Botton proposes that we should look to the religious tradition for insights into how to build a sense of community, make our relationships last, get more out of art, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, and much more.