Royal College of Art
In June 2010, The Rumi Foundation made a commitment to support a programme of public lectures at the UK’s Royal College of Art.
Under the banner of the Royal College of Art Innovation Night Lectures, the Foundation has been proud to host speakers of the calibre of Chad Hurley, the founder of YouTube; Christopher Bailey, responsible for the transformation of Burberry into a global fashion powerhouse; will.i.am, frontman of the successful pop act The Black Eyed Peas, passionate advocate for technological progress and committed philanthropist; and also Sally Potter OBE, one of the UK’s most highly regarded film directors.
The lecture provides artists and entrepreneurs – each at the pinnacle of their respective sectors – with a forum to talk about both their careers and their commitment to utilising new technologies to not just raise awareness of their own bodies of work, but to also detail how technology can be a force for good for the many charities or projects that each of our speakers are passionately committed to.
Each of the four talks were attended by a mix of 600 guests, comprising RCA students and heads of industry. The lectures have provided the College’s students – recognised as the global rising stars of the creative sector – with a wonderful opportunity to be inspired not just by our speaker on the night, but also business figures, entrepreneurs and activists; all keen to reflect on the degree to which big ideas and new thinking can change the world.
For more information about each of these lectures, please click the following links:
October 2013: Sally Potter OBE
May 2012: will.i.am
June 2011: Christopher Bailey MBE
June 2010: Chad Hurley