ML169: Anton Howes on The Innovator's Mindset, Writing to Learn and How The RSA Changed a Nation
Anton Howes is a historian in residence at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (RSA), and a visiting lecturer at King's College London. He is also author of the book Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation.
Imagine for a moment, an organisation dedicated to improving anything and everything. This group would try to improve life in every way from how people work, to how they’re educated and even how they remember their own history.
It turns out that this organisation has existed in Britain since the mid-eighteenth century, when the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, known today as the RSA, was founded in a coffee house.
Anton’s book, which is the main subject of our conversation, documents the creation and development of the RSA, drawing vital lessons from its successes and failures for anyone and everyone who wants to improve their lives and the world around them.
In this episode we discuss:
This was a great conversation that will give you some great ideas for how you can innovate more in your life, in your organisation and even for society as a whole. If you’re creatively inclined, I think you’ll also enjoy Anton’s discussion of his own creative process as well.
- Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation by Anton Howes
- Is Innovation in Human Nature? by Anton Howes
- An Illustrated Tour of the Great Exhibition of 1851
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