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The RSA’s former Chief executive (2006 to 2021), Matthew Taylor, puts a range of experts and thinkers on the spot by asking for one big idea to help build effective bridges to our new future.

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    • 4.8 • 27 Ratings

The RSA’s former Chief executive (2006 to 2021), Matthew Taylor, puts a range of experts and thinkers on the spot by asking for one big idea to help build effective bridges to our new future.

    Why my internet is gone forever

    Why my internet is gone forever

    Journalist Marie Le Conte was born in 1991, the same year the World Wide Web was invented. She claims her generation were the first who properly grew up online, riding the waves of those chaotic and experimental early years of the internet. But when the pandemic hit and we were all forced to log on, she realised that the internet of her youth was gone. She joins Matthew to explain why the death of that early DIY spirit, replaced by a corporate experience driven by the algorithm, is to the detriment of us all.

    • 34 min
    How books become succesful

    How books become succesful

    Just how does a book go from a germ of an idea in one person's head to top of the best-sellers list? How important are the army of proofreaders, indexers, copy editors and publicists in helping an author pen a successful novel? In this episode of Bridges to the Future, Matthew meets with Rebecca Lee, editorial manager at Penguin, to get the inside track on what it takes to achieve publishing glory.

    • 29 min
    The roots of inequality?

    The roots of inequality?

    Which historical currents account for the staggering inequality in the wealth of nations today? Professor Oded Galor, founding thinker behind Unified Growth Theory, takes Matthew on a journey through the economic history of mankind, from the Stone Age to the present day, to reveal the characteristics which set some on the path to prosperity, and left those disadvantaged in ways still echoed today.

    • 38 min
    Bridging the divide between town and country

    Bridging the divide between town and country

    How do we heal the divide that exists between those who hail from the country and those who live in urban areas? Broadcaster, Anna Jones, joins Matthew to make the case that unless we learn to accept and respect our social, cultural and political differences as town and country people, we are never going to solve the chronic problems in our food system and environment.

    • 36 min
    Are we facing a crisis of imagination?

    Are we facing a crisis of imagination?

    Sir Geoff Mulgan, former Director of Policy at 10 Downing Street, believes we are facing a crisis of imagination, both socially and politically. He joins Matthew to outline his vision for reigniting our imagination to improve our democracy, welfare and environment.

    • 37 min
    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. Really?

    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. Really?

    The good old days? They never existed. That's according to the historian, Hannah Rose Woods, in her new book, 'Rule, Nostalgia: A Backwards History of Britain'. From Brexiteers yearning for a lost imperial past to sixteenth-century observers looking back wistfully to a 'Merry England' before the upheavals of the Reformation, Hannah joins Matthew to explain why each age is oddly nostalgic for the previous one.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

ambernelsonis ,

Great podcast

I really appreciate the quality of conversation on this podcast. There are a wide range of guest speakers and the host always asks deep and interesting questions. Many subjects covered and I always learn something new. I basically never miss an episode, it’s just wonderful.

Chris Larry ,

Intellectual meditation

This is a fantastic and fascinating podcast that makes me proud to be an RSA member.

KP North Tahoe ,

Outstanding podcast. Deep and wide reaching conversations.

This morning I drove from my home near Lake Tahoe California down to a small town near Santa Barbara to attend to my parents affairs. (The sadness that is Alzheimer’s disease has flooded both of them and turned their reality upside down).

It’s a 300 mile drive, no better time than to catch up on my podcast list. I’ve been listening to Bridges since your first episode. I have found your interviews to be enlightening, deeply thought provoking and challenging.

Today Episode 98 with Indy Johar was at the top of my playlist. I can’t yet quite describe the impact. Suffice it to say, Mr Johar expressed with words the painful mix of feelings of hope and despair which have been welling up lately as I consider the state of the planet. His idea re: the rapidly expanding gap between current risk and our ability to address it brought an unexpected tear. (I can’t help but contemplate the impact of that gap on my three year old grandson’s life.).

What spurred me to write is an unexpected moment on my drive back home this evening. I chose music for the return. A powerful song “randomly” showed up as the perfect bookend to your powerful interview:

No Longer There

by The Cat Empire (on Spotify and Apple Music)

Thank you for your work and impact. Best to you in whatever is next for you.

Ken Pense
Truckee, California

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