Ingenuity - RSA



  • Design

In the face of constrained resources, some people demonstrate ingenuity; they are able to do unexpectedly more for less. How can their capability be enhanced and spread to others?

The RSA aims to understand and enhance human capabilities. In particular, we contend that contemporary society must become more engaged, pro-social and resourceful so that we are better equipped to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. Ingenuity is one form of resourcefulness, and we explore ways in which it could be enhanced.

Our first pamphlet collates academic literature, content from an RSA seminar, and interviews with ingenious people. We draw on these to propose principles and specific methods that could enhance the ingenuity of individuals and teams within government organisations, businesses and communities.


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Jamie Young

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