Found this while browsing some Transhumanist forums. Apparently the group the RSA is:
Since 1954, the Renaissance Society of America has been the leading organization in the Americas for the interdisciplinary study of the period 1300-1650. The RSA brings together scholars from many backgrounds in a wide variety of fields.
Here is a youtube video of one of their speeches I just got finished watching placing emphasis on the development of human empathy and how it's presence or lack there of affects progress.