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.
Taking our unique design-focused approach to the circular economy, The RSA Great Recovery partnered with recycling and waste company SUEZ to ask the question: ‘How can we design better systems that will increase rates of re-use and reduce the quantity of bulky items reaching landfill and incineration?’
A new report from the RSA Student Design Awards charts the transformation of design education and the design industry from a collection of arts and crafts artisans in the early 20th century to today’s generation of creative and socially-responsive problem solvers.