Ilkka Kakko – Harnessing Serendipity (Day 1)


The audience not only appreciated the inspiring presentation, but enjoyed to be involved in the Walk+Talk outdoor exercise to give serendipity a space to happen while being in contact with the rich natural environment around the venue.

Adhoc recording from the talk (to see the slides during the video viewing please use the link above for download!)

Serendipity – What is it?

Are you new to the discourse about serendipity? Then have a first contact consulting the wikipedia entry:

Serendipity means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful without looking for it. The word has been voted one of the ten English words hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company. …

We are honored to have Ilkka Kakko, Joensuu, Finland  attending the CastleCamp! His session and description:
“Harnessing Serendipity” (English session – maybe we have live translation)

Serendipity – a mysterious word but having clearly an emergence at the contemporary society.

The magical Persian folk tale “The Travels and Adventures of Three Princes of Serendip “ has fascinated the conscious minds already for a couple a centuries. The famous sociologist Richard Merton gave the faces for serendipity describing the phenomena in great way in his book and there are various great innovations and inventions , where serendipity has been the key factor in the creation process. 

How can we as a community harness serendipity, how can we help us to be more serendipitous, what kind of benefits you will get while having an attitude “Expect the unexpected”.? Like the famous author Nassim Nicholas Talib put it in his book “Black Swan” – “…the purpose of your life is to maximize serendipity around you” . Really exciting, isn’t it!

Ilkka Kakko has been researching serendipity for years and has been able to open up the mysterious dim around it. He describes himself as “the explorer of his own life”. In this mini workshop he will share some of his experiences and then we collectively try to elaborate in teams the ways to understand the phenomena and maybe find a kind of set of mind and also ways of working – which will help us to harness serendipity in our lives in the future.

More about Ilkka Kakko, Joensuu, Finland

UPDATED 2012-04-30, 2012-05-04 (image)

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