Serendipity happens in life and business

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The slides from a talk I gave at Switch Conference, April 2011, Oporto: http://www.switchconf.com/

The slides from a talk I gave at Switch Conference, April 2011, Oporto: http://www.switchconf.com/

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  • Hi all! The video of this talk is now online: http://vimeo.com/28325939

    Hope you enjoy it.

    Regards, Ana
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  • Ana, the serendipity was in finding each other :) The way you found the presentation was what I like to call content curation :)
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  • Loved it! Both content and design.
    Nothing serendipitous about me finding this slide presentation, though ;-p
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  • Thank you so much Cordelia! :)
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  • Ana, this is a beautiful presentation full of wisdom. Thanks a lot for sharing it. Can’t wait to see the video!
    Talking about Serendipity: I just realized I need to update my job title in facebook :-)
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  • 1. S... happens in life and businesses... and it should!
    Ana Silva
    aka @AnaDataGirl
  • 2. Once upon a time...
    @leebryant
  • 3. #switchconf»
    »
    »
    Ricardo
    Kushtrim»
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    Christian
    »
    @ananeves
  • 4. Common elements?
  • 5. Twitter
    network effects
    events
    people
  • 6. one concept
  • 7. serendipity
  • 8.
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  • 11. Serendipity - Jason Torgerson
    http://fineartamerica.com/featured/serendipity-jason-torgerson.html
  • 12. One of the most popular words in the English language
    One of the hardest to translate
  • 13. ser.en.dip.i.ty(n)
    ≠ luck or fate
    “elevate randomness into an art form”
    “Look for something, find something else…”
    Lawrence Block
  • 14. serendipity and the web?
  • 15. on the web, every link & every page of search results can lead to … serendipitous discoveries
  • 16. http://www.mindmapart.com/stumbleupon-traffic-mind-map-adam-sicinski/
  • 17. “Serendipity powers the social web. It’s why every website has a “share this” link...”
    Derek Powazek
    #HashtagsDriveSerendipity
    #NetworkDrivesSerendipity
  • 18. serendipity and business?
  • 19. serendipity engines for customers
    http://sixdegrees.hu/last.fm/images/lastfm_4096_graph_black_labels.png
  • 20. serendipity & innovation
    “it has always been present in discovery”
  • 21. serendipity & innovation
    Post-it notes: a serendipitous invention?
  • 22. serendipity & innovation
    Connecting people to people & to ideas
  • 23. serendipity means social
    create opportunities for serendipitous conversations
    stimulating connections person to person
  • 24. serendipity means social
    designing for serendipity
  • 25. serendipity means social
    designing for serendipity
  • 26. serendipity means social
    software
    discovering internal talent/ expertise/ ideas
    stimulating network effects
    bridging weak ties
    enhancing serendipity
  • 27. “Connections among people are made based on active collaboration but also by searching for people and ideas and byserendipity”
    Doug Solomon - CTO IDEO
    http://www.managementexchange.com/story/tube-ideo-builds-collaboration-system-inspires-through-passion
  • 28. serendipity and you?
  • 29. serendipity: it happens!
  • 30. serendipity: make it happen
  • 31. “If I had to describe SXSW, or ‘spring break for geeks’ in only one word, it would be ‘serendipitous’.”
    Wendy Tan-White
    Image credit Luca Sartoni
    “The highlight of SXSW was the great people you met in those seemingly “accidental moments”.”
    Sean Wood
  • 32. serendipity: make it happen
    gathertherightpeople»diversity
    don't dwell on making history »enjoy
    keep the agenda loose & social »conversations
    establishconsistency»frequency
    keepitridiculous»fun!
    ScottMcDowell
  • 33. Embrace change, embrace serendipity
    @AnaDataGirl
    www.artlifework.com