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RSA willing to reinvent itself as relevant body

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I write in response to Will Alsop's astute piece on the Royal Society of Arts and its future role (AJ 9.5.02). As he says, there are fantastic opportunities for the RSA, not least to defy the bureaucracy that entangles us and fight for better lives, better environments and more depth and breadth of thinking.

He is right, the field is crowded. The RSA needs to bring a distinctive voice to be heard today above the clamour of think-tanks churning out reports and the vested interest groups vying for notice.

The RSA is in a unique position, through the breadth of its interests and its independence, to take the long view. It has proved able, over the last 248 years, to reinvent itself as a relevant body - it must do so again to emerge fit for the 21st century. We are currently listening to the ideas from our 22,000 fellows and Alsop's contribution is most welcome.

Penny Egan, director, RSA

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