The Ingenious Project


This project consists of a series of 12 Crowd Wise events, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) through their Ingenious grant scheme.  The aim of the events is to bring engineers and citizens together to reach a shared understanding of how to achieve sustainability in the areas to which engineers can contribute.


The project aims to provide 60 - 100 engineers with practical experience of public engagement activities and to have 400 - 800 members of the public discuss engineering and its impact on our daily lives.


The lead partner is nef (the New Economics Foundation)


There are four partners who are delivering these events:

Action for Involvement, in Sheffield

The British Science Association, in London

The Great Debate, in Newcastle

Mapping for Change, in London


In addition, the Public Engagement Unit at University College London is helping with the recruitment of engineers in London.


If you are an engineer or a member of the public, and are interested in being involved, do get in touch. Contacts for the organisers of the various events are on the Upcoming Events page, or you can contact the project manager, Perry Walker: perry.walker@neweconomics.org



The main theme of the Ingenious Scheme is engineering for sustainability.

Through this initiative, the RAE wishes to:


  1. 1.inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects

  2. 2.stimulate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences

  3. 3.develop engineers’ communication and engagement skills

  4. 4.create debate between engineers and people of all ages to raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering

In this context, the success of engineering projects depends on understanding the intersection of technology with human values and behaviour. Engineers who lack an understanding of the human side are at a disadvantage, as are citizens who lack an understanding of the technology. This scheme brings both parties together in ways that encourage each group to engage deeply and constructively with the other, to the benefit
of both.