“During the past year, the London-based Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (RSA) has burst onto the scene, offering a steady diet of videos created with a TED-like formula. They’re short. They’re animated and visually snappy. And they’re substantive too. But while TED is all about bringing the inspiration, RSA videos tend toward critique. Take the four videos below. Though varied in focus, they all circle around a common theme — the flaws running through our contemporary capitalist system.”

Guest blogger Dan Coleman of OpenCulture has posted a nice compilation of the RSA‘s animated videos on understanding capitalism. Since I am in the middle of listening to a great series by the Teaching Company called Thinking about Capitalism, these videos have been really great in giving me some fascinating perspectives. I love the accompanying animations to these insightful short talks. Great work Royal Society!

Read the rest and watch the videos at Brain Pickings.

You can find more RSA videos here or on their youtube channel along with a lot of other great lectures.

Please enjoy my favorite video in which Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today, and the role that can be played by organizations such as the RSA.