provoke

a library of provocations

A growing library of short videos from the provocation page of our website.

These videos have been chosen from the thousands of videos that are available online, and each has something important to say about how we might think and act differently to make a positive change in our neighbourhoods and communities

In this RSA Short David Graeber suggests a radical rethink of our understanding of the value of work.

At the time of growing public demonstrations around climate inaction by school students and extinction rebellion - this provocation is a TEDx talk in Stockholm by Greta Thunberg - change the rules to save the world. We need to be listening to our young people - through their action we might yet have cause for hope.

A moving and challenging documentary from The Guardian about poverty and shame

Inclusion Starts With I. Something to get you thinking following our February provoke15

A short video by The Elders from #WalkTogether in South Africa in 2018 - calling for global equality and justice.

A podcast from The New Economics Foundation with Gary Younge from the Guardian discussing knife crime, policing, racism and the media.

Are social services broken? Listen to Hilary Cottam, author of Radical Help, talking about how we might redesign the welfare state for the 21st century

Understanding the economy as a living system - part of an important reframing of an economics to meet social need and environmental sustainability from Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics

An RSA animate by Jeremy Rifkin imagining the possibilities of a world built on our true human nature - empathy.

Look Beyond Borders is a brilliant and moving short film from Amnesty International - the power of the most simple human connection.

A short video looking at servant leadership - linked to our June 2018 provoke15 with Nottingham Future Leaders

An RSA short on Curiosity: Exploration and discovery - more on the theme of our Provoke15 on the A-Z of curiosity

Listening is one of the most important leadership skills. This short Presencing Institute video explains the 4 different levels of listening within Theory U

A short video about Bank Job - a wonderfully creative project in Walthamstow to challenge our understanding of debt and campaign with the local community for change.

Devita Davison's 2017 TED talk about how urban agriculture is transforming Detroit. An inspiring story to accompany our June 2018 provoke15 about sustainable food and food poverty

A short video from PBS News Hour about Venice Arts' students involvement in the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001

An RSA Short by Rutger Bregnan, the author of the recently published Utopia for Realists

From the Guardian's Made in Stoke series - the story of a bold attempt to turn around an estate ravaged by years of cuts.

An animation introducing the key concepts in Steven Johnson's fascinating and important book - Where Good Ideas Come From

Restorative justice in Oakland California. A short video produced by Stories Matter Media

Brene Brown's TED talk from 2011 about human connection and vulnerability

Otto Scharmer's TEDx talk from 2016 introducing ideas from Theory U around creating change

Ken Robinson's classic TED talk from 2007 about creating an education system that nurtures creativity

Imagine what a world without prisons would look like - Deanna Van Buren's 2017 TED talk

A short video about the positive deviance approach to support communities to find their own solutions to challenging problems

The Cynefin Framework by Cognitive Edge - see things from new viewpoints, assimilate complex concepts and address real world problems and opportunities