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01Setting Up Home20170816

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

In the first of a new series, twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems. This week - how do we improve access to affordable housing?
Using policy planning techniques used by governments around the world, three teams are given free reign to think the unthinkable. They then present their ideas to two judges, who'll interrogate them and pick the best. Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew of Uscreates

Team One:

Oliver Sweet - runs an ethnographic research department at Ipsos MORI.

Margot Lombaert - creative director of Margot Lombaert Studio, an independent graphic design practice.

Ethan Howard - RSA award winner.

Jack Minchella - research and design associate at the Innovation Unit and the founder of the urban research collective In-Between Economies based in Denmark.

Team two:

Solveiga Pakštaitė - industrial designer specialising in user-centred design.

Gemma Hitchens - Account Director at Signal Noise, which specialises in data visualisation and analysis.

Jag Singh - tech entrepreneur and former political strategist.

Hashi Mohammed - barrister at No5 Chambers.

Team three:

Helen Steer - educator and maker who runs Do It Kits, a start-up that helps teachers use technology.

Zahra Davidson - designer with a background spanning service design, social innovation and visual communication.

Piero Zagami - information designer and consultant in graphic design and data visualization.

Tobias Revell - artist and lecturer in Critical and Digital Design.

Producer: Wesley Stephenson.

In the first of a new series, twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems. This week - how do we improve access to affordable housing?
Using policy planning techniques used by governments around the world, three teams are given free reign to think the unthinkable. They then present their ideas to two judges, who'll interrogate them and pick the best. Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew of Uscreates

Team One:

Oliver Sweet - runs an ethnographic research department at Ipsos MORI.

Margot Lombaert - creative director of Margot Lombaert Studio, an independent graphic design practice.

Ethan Howard - RSA award winner.

Jack Minchella - research and design associate at the Innovation Unit and the founder of the urban research collective In-Between Economies based in Denmark.

Team Two:

Solveiga Pakštaitė - industrial designer specialising in user-centred design.

Gemma Hitchens - Account Director at Signal Noise, which specialises in data visualisation and analysis.

Jag Singh - tech entrepreneur and former political strategist.

Hashi Mohamed - barrister at No5 Chambers.

Team Three:

Helen Steer - educator and maker who runs Do It Kits, a start-up that helps teachers use technology.

Zahra Davidson - designer with a background spanning service design, social innovation and visual communication.

Piero Zagami - information designer and consultant in graphic design and data visualization.

Tobias Revell - artist and lecturer in Critical and Digital Design.

Producer: Wesley Stephenson.

02Childhood Obesity20170823

The teams have just one day to find solutions to the problem of childhood obesity.

Can you take twelve bright young people and get them to solve a complex policy problem in just one day? It may sound ambitious but using techniques being used increasingly by governments around the world, our teams are going to do just that. The day is introduced by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA and the teams will be led through the process by Cat Drew a director at design consultancy Uscreates.

In this episode the teams are going to be tackling childhood obesity and at the end they will have to pitch their ideas to our judges: Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, and David Willets former Cabinet minister and now Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation.

Who will impress and who will fall short?

Team One:

Jag Singh - tech entrepreneur and former political strategist.

Miriam Redi - social dynamics research scientist at Bell Labs Cambridge.

Margot Lombaert - creative director of Margot Lombaert Studio, an independent graphic design practice.

Solveiga Pakštaitė - industrial designer specialising in user-centred design.

Team two:

Emily Goldhill - strategist and research leader at creative youth network Livity.

Gemma Hitchens - Account Director at Signal Noise, which specialises in data visualisation and analysis.

Jasmine Robinson - RSA-award winning designer.

Dr Rebecca Roache - Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Team three:

Amanda Gore - Co-Director of The Liminal Space, a creative engagement consultancy.

Helen Steer - educator and maker who runs Do It Kits, a start-up that helps teachers use technology.

Matt Tinsley - Senior Economist with consultancy firm Oxford Economics.

Steve Wilson - chef, sociologist and entrepreneur.

03Reducing Reoffending20170830

The teams are given just one day to find ways to stop criminals reoffending.

'The Fix' brings together twelve of the country's bright young minds and gives them just one day to solve an intractable problem. This week we have asked our teams to come up with ways to stop criminals re-offending when they leave prison. The day is introduced by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA and the teams will be led through the day by Cat Drew, Director at design consultancy Uscreates. Can the teams do enough to impress our judges, Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund and David Willetts, former minister and Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation, or will they fall short?

Team One:

Thomas Wastling - recent winner of the RSA Student Design Awards.

Oliver Sweet - runs an ethnographic research department at Ipsos MORI.

Miriam Redi - social dynamics research scientist Bell Labs Cambridge.

Naho Matsuda - artist and designer.

Team Two:

Gemma Hitchens - account director at Signal Noise, which specialises in making sense of an increasingly complex world through data visualisation and analysis.

Laurence Grinyer - service designer at Parliament.

Thibault Guenat - marketing at Uscreates

Team Three:

Sarah Douglas - Co-director of The Liminal Space, a creative engagement consultancy.

Vasant Chari - project lead at the Policy Lab. Policy Lab is bringing new policy techniques to departments across the civil service.

Bola Adegbulu - co-founder and CEO of Predina Technologies. The company models how vehicles interact with their environments to quantify risk.

Zahra Davidson - designer with a background spanning service design, social innovation and visual communication.

'The Fix' brings together twelve of the country's bright young minds and gives them just one day to solve an intractable problem. This week we have asked our teams to come up with ways to stop criminals re-offending when they leave prison. The day is introduced by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA and the teams will be led through the day by Cat Drew, Director at design consultancy Uscreates. Can the teams do enough to impress our judges, Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund and David Willetts, former minister and Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation, or will they fall short?

Team One:

Thomas Wastling - recent winner of the RSA Student Design Awards.

Oliver Sweet - runs an ethnographic research department at Ipsos MORI.

Miriam Redi - social dynamics research scientist Bell Labs Cambridge.

Naho Matsuda - artist and designer.

Team Two:

Gemma Hitchens - account director at Signal Noise, which specialises in making sense of an increasingly complex world through data visualisation and analysis.

Laurence Grinyer - service designer at Parliament.

Thibault Guenat - marketing at Uscreates

Team Three:

Sarah Douglas - Co-director of The Liminal Space, a creative engagement consultancy.

Vasant Chari - project lead at the Policy Lab. Policy Lab is bringing new policy techniques to departments across the civil service.

Bola Adegbulu - co-founder and CEO of Predina Technologies. The company models how vehicles interact with their environments to quantify risk.

Zahra Davidson - Co-founder and Director of Enrol Yourself, a social enterprise building a new model for lifelong learning.

04 LASTDrinking Less20170906

Will the teams impress the judges with their ideas to get people to reduce their drinking?

Our three teams have just one day to come up with ideas to help people cut down the amount they drink. Will they impress our judges? Matthew Taylor from the RSA and Cat Drew of design agency Uscreates, lead the teams through a day of policy design. The government and health authorities have tried for years to get people to drink less but the numbers binge drinking or drinking more than the recommended amount is still high. Can our teams of bright young minds find some innovative solutions to present to Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund and former cabinet minister and Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation, David Willetts.

Our three teams have just one day to come up with ideas to help people cut down the amount they drink. Will they impress our judges? Matthew Taylor from the RSA and Cat Drew of design agency Uscreates, lead the teams through a day of policy design. The government and health authorities have tried for years to get people to drink less but the numbers binge drinking or drinking more than the recommended amount is still high. Can our teams of bright young minds find some innovative solutions to present to Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund and former cabinet minister and Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation, David Willetts.

Team One:

Amanda Gore - co-director of The Liminal Space, a creative engagement consultancy.
Matt Tinsley - senior economist with consultancy firm Oxford Economics.
Naho Matsuda - artist and designer.
Cara O'Sullivan - an inventor who specialises in design for social impact and has worked with organisations across Peru and Africa to develop locally-manufactured wheelchairs and walking aids.

Team Two:

Hashi Mohamed - barrister at No5 Chambers.
Nate Tkacz - associate professor at Warwick University investigating the political, economic and organisational dimensions of technology
Emily Goldhill - strategist and research leader at creative youth network Livity.
George Ridgway - artist based in Glasgow

Team Three:

Un Jeong Ko - service designer at Innovation Unit a social enterprise focussed on solutions to complex social challenges
Roscoe Williamson - Head of Sonic Branding at music agency MassiveMusic
George Scott-Welsh - Pub owner and businessman
Anna Williams - freelance consultant and PhD student at Goldsmiths University London.

02Growing up Digital2018090520180908 (R4)

The teams have just one day to help young people better manage their digital lives.

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

This week: how to better protect young people from the harmful effects of social media?

Follow ten of the country's brightest minds as they gather in the library of Bartley Green school, in Birmingham. They have just one day to come up with a solution that will convince a panel of judges - and the students of the school.

Who will impress and who will fall short?

Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew from Uscreates.

Team One:
- Rebecca Ford - head of design programme, RSA
- Tobias Revell - Artist and designer
- Sam Howey Nunn - Director of Free Ice Cream
- Marialuisa Ferro - Social media blogger for UScreates
- Luke Newbold - Founder of Lens Change and Studio You London
- Asha, pupil at Bartley Green school

Team two:
- Lil Adair - Design consultant, USCreates
- Vasant Chari - Senior Policy Adviser, Policy Lab
- Molly Thompson - Community manager, Silicon Canal
- Megan Highcock - YouthSight, Research and Marketing
- Hamda Mohamed - Young leader, Uprising youth leadership
- Maisy, pupil at Bartley Green school

Expert witnesses:
- Victoria Goodyear - Pedagogical researcher into digital technologies, University of Birmingham
- Alan Earl - Online safety consultant

Series producer: Estelle Doyle and Producer: Jordan Dunbar.
Editor: Penny Murphy.

02Growing up Digital20180905

The teams have just one day to help young people better manage their digital lives.

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

This week: how to better protect young people from the harmful effects of social media?

Follow ten of the country's brightest minds as they gather in the library of Bartley Green school, in Birmingham. They have just one day to come up with a solution that will convince a panel of judges - and the students of the school.

Who will impress and who will fall short?

Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew from Uscreates.

Team One:
- Rebecca Ford - head of design programme, RSA
- Tobias Revell - Artist and designer
- Sam Howey Nunn - Director of Free Ice Cream
- Marialuisa Ferro - Social media blogger for UScreates
- Luke Newbold - Founder of Lens Change and Studio You London
- Asha, pupil at Bartley Green school

Team two:
- Lil Adair - Design consultant, USCreates
- Vasant Chari - Senior Policy Adviser, Policy Lab
- Molly Thompson - Community manager, Silicon Canal
- Megan Highcock - Youth Sight Research and Marketing
- Hamda Mohamed - Young leader, Uprising youth leadership
- Maisy, pupil at Bartley Green school

Expert witnesses:
- Victoria Goodyear - Pedagogical researcher into digital technologies, University of Birmingham
- Alan Earl - Online safety consultant

Series producer: Estelle Doyle and Producer: Jordan Dunbar.
Editor: Penny Murphy.

02Junior Doctors: Low Morale and Burnout2018091220180915 (R4)

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

Junior doctors are the backbone of the NHS, including its emergency services. But more and more of them are now leaving the profession, due to low morale and burnout.

Can our two teams find a solution? Follow them as they gather in St Thomas Hospital in London where they have just one day to come up with a fix that will convince a panel of judges - including the hospital's medical director.

But with such a tricky problem, can they succeed?

Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew from Uscreates.

Team One:
- Rebecca Ford - head of design programme, RSA
- Abi Freeman - Organisational psychologist, Brink
- Alma Berliner - IPSOS Mori
- Sanjan Sabherwal - Policy expert, Policy Lab

Team two:
- Lil Adair - Design consultant, USCreates
- Cathy Runciman - Atlas of the Future
- Oliver Sweet - IPSOS Mori
- Jennie Mcshannon - Organisational consultant, Tavistock Consulting
- Saskia Revell - National Investigator at Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

Expert witnesses:
- Roland Walker - Consultant surgeon
- Professor Dame Jane Dacre - Head of the Royal College of Physicians
- Azra Zyada - Junior doctor and independent researcher
- Celia Glass - Professor of Management Science, Cass Business School

Judges:
- Simon Steddon - Medical Director, Guy's and St Thomas' Trust
- Will Owen - Chief Registrar, Guy's and St Thomas' Trust
- Patrick Reyburn - Engagement manager, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Series producer: Estelle Doyle and Producer: Jordan Dunbar.
Editor: Penny Murphy.

02Junior Doctors: Low Morale and Burnout20180912

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

Junior doctors are the backbone of the NHS, including its emergency services. But more and more of them are now leaving the profession, due to low morale and burnout.

Can our two teams find a solution? Follow them as they gather in St Thomas Hospital in London where they have just one day to come up with a fix that will convince a panel of judges - including the hospital's medical director.

But with such a tricky problem, can they succeed?

Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew from Uscreates.

Team One:
- Rebecca Ford - head of design programme, RSA
- Abi Freeman - Organisational psychologist, Brink
- Alma Berliner - IPSOS Mori
- Sanjan Sabherwal - Policy expert, Policy Lab

Team two:
- Lil Adair - Design consultant, USCreates
- Cathy Runciman - Atlas of the Future
- Oliver Sweet - IPSOS Mori
- Jennie Mcshannon - Organisational consultant, Tavistock Consulting
- Saskia Revell - National Investigator at Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

Expert witnesses:
- Roland Walker - Consultant surgeon
- Professor Dame Jane Dacre - Head of the Royal College of Physicians
- Azra Zyada - Junior doctor and independent researcher
- Celia Glass - Professor of Management Science, Cass Business School

Judges:
- Simon Steddon - Medical Director, Guy's and St Thomas' Trust
- Will Owen - Chief Registrar, Guy's and St Thomas' Trust
- Patrick Reyburn - Engagement manager, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Series producer: Estelle Doyle and Producer: Jordan Dunbar.
Editor: Penny Murphy.

02Junior Doctors: Low Morale And Burnout2018091220180915 (R4)

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

Junior doctors are the backbone of the NHS, including its emergency services. But more and more of them are now leaving the profession, due to low morale and burnout.

Can our two teams find a solution? Follow them as they gather in St Thomas Hospital in London where they have just one day to come up with a fix that will convince a panel of judges - including the hospital's medical director.

But with such a tricky problem, can they succeed?

Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew from Uscreates.

Team One:
- Rebecca Ford - head of design programme, RSA
- Abi Freeman - Organisational psychologist, Brink
- Alma Berliner - IPSOS Mori
- Sanjan Sabherwal - Policy expert, Policy Lab

Team two:
- Lil Adair - Design consultant, USCreates
- Cathy Runciman - Atlas of the Future
- Oliver Sweet - IPSOS Mori
- Jennie Mcshannon - Organisational consultant, Tavistock Consulting
- Saskia Revell - National Investigator at Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

Expert witnesses:
- Roland Walker - Consultant surgeon
- Professor Dame Jane Dacre - Head of the Royal College of Physicians
- Azra Zyada - Junior doctor and independent researcher
- Celia Glass - Professor of Management Science, Cass Business School

Judges:
- Simon Steddon - Medical Director, Guy's and St Thomas' Trust
- Will Owen - Chief Registrar, Guy's and St Thomas' Trust
- Patrick Reyburn - Engagement manager, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Series producer: Estelle Doyle and Producer: Jordan Dunbar.
Editor: Penny Murphy.

02Old and Lonely in the Countryside2018082920180901 (R4)

Solving the devastating problems of rural isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly.

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

This week; Rural isolation amongst the elderly is a growing problem across the UK with forecasts putting over 50% of the rural population over 65 by 2030.

How can we prevent this huge group of people being cut off and experiencing the devastating effects of loneliness?

Follow ten of the country's brightest minds as they gather in the Royal Oak pub, Tetbury. They have just one day to come up with a solution that will convince a panel of local judges - and the locals of the town.

Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew from Uscreates.

Team One-
Rebecca Ford - RSA
Paul Randall - Rainbow Zebra Furniture
Georgina Osman - Tetbury Council Tourism Manager
Immy Robinson- Shift Design
Aidan Rumble - Design Consultant

Team Two-
Lil Adair - US Creates
Sue Fellows - Police Community Support Officer
Rich Gundry - Wonderland Communications
Nigel Burton- I-Adapt
Rebecca Wilson - Jolly Nice Farm Shop
Emma Parnell - Snook Design

Expert Witnesses-
Robert Sharp - Tetbury Resident
Natalie Turner - Centre For Aging Better

Judges-
Lisa Hepworth - Social Prescriber, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
Penny Williams - Manager, St Marys Day Centre
Julia Hasler - Chair, Tetbury Goods Shed

Producers-
Jordan Dunbar
Estelle Doyle

Editor-
Penny Murphy.

02Old and Lonely in the Countryside20180829

Solving the devastating problems of rural isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly.

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

This week; Rural isolation amongst the elderly is a growing problem across the UK with forecasts putting over 50% of the rural population over 65 by 2030.

How can we prevent this huge group of people being cut off and experiencing the devastating effects of loneliness?

Follow ten of the country's brightest minds as they gather in the Royal Oak pub, Tetbury. They have just one day to come up with a solution that will convince a panel of local judges - and the locals of the town.

Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew from Uscreates.

Team One-
Rebecca Ford - RSA
Paul Randall - Rainbow Zebra Furniture
Georgina Osman - Tetbury Council Tourism Manager
Immy Robinson- Shift Design
Aidan Rumble - Design Consultant

Team Two-
Lil Adair - US Creates
Sue Fellows - Police Community Support Officer
Rich Gundry - Wonderland Communications
Nigel Burton- I-Adapt
Rebecca Wilson - Jolly Nice Farm Shop
Emma Parnell - Snook Design

Expert Witnesses-
Robert Sharp - Tetbury Resident
Natalie Turner - Centre For Aging Better

Judges-
Lisa Hepworth - Social Prescriber, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
Penny Williams - Manager, St Marys Day Centre
Julia Hasler - Chair, Tetbury Goods Shed

Producers-
Jordan Dunbar
Estelle Doyle

Editor-
Penny Murphy.

02Old And Lonely In The Countryside2018082920180901 (R4)

Solving the devastating problems of rural isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly.

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

This week; Rural isolation amongst the elderly is a growing problem across the UK with forecasts putting over 50% of the rural population over 65 by 2030.

How can we prevent this huge group of people being cut off and experiencing the devastating effects of loneliness?

Follow ten of the country's brightest minds as they gather in the Royal Oak pub, Tetbury. They have just one day to come up with a solution that will convince a panel of local judges - and the locals of the town.

Presented by Matthew Taylor and facilitated by Cat Drew from Uscreates.

Team One-
Rebecca Ford - RSA
Paul Randall - Rainbow Zebra Furniture
Georgina Osman - Tetbury Council Tourism Manager
Immy Robinson- Shift Design
Aidan Rumble - Design Consultant

Team Two-
Lil Adair - US Creates
Sue Fellows - Police Community Support Officer
Rich Gundry - Wonderland Communications
Nigel Burton- I-Adapt
Rebecca Wilson - Jolly Nice Farm Shop
Emma Parnell - Snook Design

Expert Witnesses-
Robert Sharp - Tetbury Resident
Natalie Turner - Centre For Aging Better

Judges-
Lisa Hepworth - Social Prescriber, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
Penny Williams - Manager, St Marys Day Centre
Julia Hasler - Chair, Tetbury Goods Shed

Producers-
Jordan Dunbar
Estelle Doyle

Editor-
Penny Murphy.