Manifesto

Ingenuity means amalgam, mixing. What is at stake in ingenuity is the dynamic convergence of different elements, the mixing of which is never definitive or static, and is mostly achieved temporarily, giving rise to changeable and poorly foreshadowed forms. These forms are the most suitable for complex systems - they are therefore the most suitable forms for our present.
When it comes to ingenuity, the key issue is the integration of distinct approaches and different, sometimes divergent visions: in order to achieve ingenious behaviour it is necessary to place this heterogeneity of approach at the service of a composite view.

Through the development of ingenuity, culture evolves in a direction that allows species to overcome the rigidity of bilateral symmetry (suitable for simple or complicated contexts) to access the plasticity of axial symmetry, suitable for complex contexts - just as happens in the brain: two hemispheres, each of which presides over a distinct sphere, which incessantly generate horizontal integrations that compensate the original verticality and enhance its specificity, in order to obtain a higher order result, which would not be obtainable if the two chambers that in principle give shape to the bicameral mind remained separate.

The ingenuity index measures the degree of integration between intelligence and creativity. An organization that is less balanced in exploiting the two elements (intelligence and creativity) is less ingenuous than an organization that is perhaps more intelligent or more creative but, precisely, less amalgamated.

Thanks to the practical application of this index, it is better understood that ingenuity is better suited to deal with complex problems that require complementary approaches. Intelligence alone offers effective answers when it comes to governing complicated systems, while when it comes to inhabiting complexity it is necessary to call into question ingenuity (in simple systems habits and standards prevail; in chaotic areas the most effective tool is the most extreme creativity, when escape is not possible).

Intelligence also presents elements of creativity, and vice versa. The two approaches are not unequivocally separated and this basic ambiguity (amalgamation in perpetual reconfiguration) represents an advantage for human performance in all complex situations, where the ability to adapt, the readiness to improvise and the willingness to adapt are just as many advantages.

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