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Harnessing serendipity introduction into topic in miniworkshop, Coworking Europe 2012, Paris
Harnessing serendipity introduction into topic in miniworkshop, Coworking Europe 2012, Paris
Harnessing serendipity introduction into topic in miniworkshop, Coworking Europe 2012, Paris
Harnessing serendipity introduction into topic in miniworkshop, Coworking Europe 2012, Paris
Harnessing serendipity introduction into topic in miniworkshop, Coworking Europe 2012, Paris
Harnessing serendipity introduction into topic in miniworkshop, Coworking Europe 2012, Paris
Harnessing serendipity introduction into topic in miniworkshop, Coworking Europe 2012, Paris
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  • 1. Harnessing Serendipity in coworkingDiscovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thoughtAlbert Szent-GyorgyiGlobal Oasis Network Coworking Europe 9.11.2012, Ilkka Kakko
  • 2. The history of serendipity Persian fairy tale ”The travels and adventures of three princes of Serendip” (Serendip is the ancient name of Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka) Horace Walpole (1717 -) was fascinated by the tale and started to write about ”serendipity” in his widespread correspondence One of the most difficult English words to translate, voted also to TOP 10 in the most beautiful English words The phenomena was further elaborated and studied by Robert K. Merton and various others (et al Royston Roberts)Global Oasis Network Coworking Europe 9.11.2012, Ilkka Kakko
  • 3. Cases throughout the history Columbus, Newton, Archimedes, Watt …… Penicillin, Teflon, Post It, artificial rubber, X-rays, SMS, Viagra, vacination on small box ….. Google, Pixar, 3M, Virgin, MIT Media Lab ….. List of books: Merton, Roberts, Eyre, Jaworski, Taleb, Hagel et al, Hoffman, Lane&Becker….Global Oasis Network Coworking Europe 9.11.2012, Ilkka Kakko
  • 4. Some definitions ”lucky accident” --- too simple, luck overrated ”Finding something valuable while looking for something else” -- better Original Walpole’s definition driven from the Persian fable: ”They (the princes) were always making discoveries, by accidents and by sagacity, of things of value that they were not in quest of” (Brewer’s Dictionaryof Phare and Fable 1977) Ongoing SerenA research project in U.K. defines it in three elements : unexpected event or encounter  insight  value Luis Pasteur: ” Fortune favors a prepared mind”Global Oasis Network Coworking Europe 9.11.2012, Ilkka Kakko
  • 5. Plan, design, harness ……? So far I have found several ways to describe it: ”Planned serendipity” Lane&Becker ”Design for serendipity” Hagel et al ”Maximize serendipity around you” Taleb ”Engineering serendipity” ?? ”Serendipity machine” ”Serendipity Engine” – these both sound way to brutal as coming from the past thinking from the industrial age I use ”Harnessing serendipity” on individual and community level and ”Serendipity management” on institutional and organizational levelGlobal Oasis Network Coworking Europe 9.11.2012, Ilkka Kakko
  • 6. What are we talking about? Attitude, mental state Unexpected events Preparedness Insight Curiosity Supporting elements – environment, facilitation, interaction, diversity Synchronicity Emergence in complex systems …..Global Oasis Network Coworking Europe 9.11.2012, Ilkka Kakko
  • 7. The themes to elaborate 1) Unexpected design (physical, virtual) 2) Unexpected encounters 3) On personal level, serendipitous lifestyleGlobal Oasis Network Coworking Europe 9.11.2012, Ilkka Kakko
  • 8. Thank You! Further information: Oy Karostech Ltd Contact person: Ilkka Kakko E-mail: Ilkka.kakko@globaloasis.fi + 358 50 536 2941 www.respectserendipity.com; www.globaloasis.fi Twitter: Serendipitor In Facebook a great group: Serendipity Management: http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6655331989Global Oasis Network Coworking Europe 9.11.2012, Ilkka Kakko

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