Can we solve the problems of the future? In a world that some say is rapidly becoming too complex and too fast-paced to manage, problems may arise before we have the ability solve or to deal with them properly. The increasing complexity, pace and unpredictability of our world makes a greater demand on our ingenuity than ever before. In his essay titled “The Ingenuity Gap“, Thomas Homer-Dixon suggests there is a gap that emerges between this demand and our ability to supply the ingenuity required to match it.
The challenges we face converge, intertwine, and often remain largely beyond our understanding. Many suspect that the “experts” don’t really know what’s going on and that as a species we’ve released forces that are neither managed nor manageable. This is the ingenuity gap, the critical gap between our need for ideas to solve complex problems and our actual supply of those ideas.
Poor countries are particularly vulnerable to ingenuity gaps, but our own rich countries are no longer immune, and we’re all caught dangerously between a soaring requirement for ingenuity and an increasingly uncertain supply. As the gap widens, the result can be political disintegration and violent upheaval.
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