The RSA NW team in partnership with key organisations in the North West host annual events.

Keep Calm Prepare for Change: Annual Conference 2014

Tuesday 18 November, 2pm – 6pm
Manchester Metropolitan University School of Art, Benzie Building, Cavendish Street Manchester, M15 6BR

Theme for this year’s debate: ‘Power to Create’
RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor will give his lecture ‘Power to Create’, which explores new thinking around the empowering and encouraging of people to become active participants in creating the world they want to live in. There will be a response to the lecture by Mike Blackburn, Chair of Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership and Vice President, Strategy & Planning for BT Global Government.

Keeping to the ‘creative’ theme, Manchester School of Architecture and School of Art students will also investigate the idea of designing a sustainable work space or place of work using the circular economy. The final of the RSA North West’s student competition will take place on the day when shortlisted students will present their ideas before a prestigious panel and the audience.

Following this there will be the North West Regions’ Annual Meeting. We hope you can join us.

Please register your attendance here.

Keep Calm 2013

Sustainable planet

Following the success of Keep Calm 2012, the RSA NW team will be hosting another event focusses on changing how we live, work and do business in a more sustainable way.

The specific focus this year is ‘food’.

Keep Calm Prepare for Change

Tuesday 15 October 2013

4pm – 7.15pm

Kanaris Theatre, University of Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Food Glorious Food

The main aim of this years “Keep Calm Prepare for Change” event is to discuss life’s main essential ingredient – food. To feed all the world’s people by 2050, given rising populations and incomes, food production needs to increase by 70%. At the same time land is degrading, water is becoming increasingly scarce and polluted, climate patterns are causing competition for water and land not only amongst humans but also nature.

More recently CEO’s from supermarkets Waitrose and Tesco have admitted that it is the end of cheap food. A latest YouGov poll also indicated that more than 80% of consumers think it is important to buy British produce where possible.

The question is, how will we feed our cities in the future? Is there a need for a more radical change of food production? Food security is becoming more important and more than two centuries after the beginning of the industrial revolution, it seems that city dwellers could become farmers again.

We bring together an expert panel to explore what food growing and food business will look like by 2025 in our cities. Will there be a closer collaboration between communities, food growers, farmers and supermarkets? Cheap food is no longer sustainable therefore how will the cost of food realign itself in an economic and social context.

Why not join us on Tuesday 15 October to find out more? Register:


4pm Registration and networking

4.30pm Introduction: Peter Fell Director of Regional and Economic Affairs UoM

4.35pm Speed seminar and debate

– Pru Leith, Restaurateur, TV cook, broadcaster and cookery writer

– Chris Walsh, Kindling Trust

– Julie Mills, Booths Supermarket

– Professor John Swarbrooke, Manchester Metropolitan University

Chair Mike Blackburn, BT Director and Chair of Greater Manchester LEP

5.40pm Workshops

– Catalyst workshop – find out how you can apply for funding to help you with that vital first step for your project.

– UnLtd – workshop

– Project – Container Farm workshop

6.10pm Keynote Speech: Vikki Heywood, Chairman, RSA

6.50pm Networking & screening of Feeding Cities, by new FRSA Fellow,  Caroline Ward

7.15pm Close

Suggested hashtag for Twitter users: #KeepCalm13Food

For more information please email Lilian Barton at

The Keep Calm initiative is supported by RSA North West, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester and Corridor Manchester.

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