During my past holidays I decided to finish some pending innovation readings and at some point in time realized that all of them where using a common word….. Serendipity.
I already was aware of it’s meaning like The power of unexpected collaboration/happenings, but for some reason, decided to research a bit more what was behind it and here you have some interesting findings:
Serendipity and Innovation
With the rise of open innovation culture, Serendipity has been taken as one of the most inspiring words to lead innovation conversations. We can find lots of Serendipity examples in recent and old innovation times and in all cases they finally lead to the conclusion that being open and flexible is the best way to reach pleasant results.
It was setup by P&G at XXI century beggining when their financial results started to fall… After few years, external contributions are participating in 50% of corporate products and initiatives. One of the best examples of promoted Serendipity.
Those sticky products are always taken as examples of serendipity because of their randomness and later global influence.
HTTP technology originally used for basic communicaton and documentary purposes suddenly took an unexpected turn. A world-wide community started to build stacked communication platforms and features above it and now has become the most important way to connect people and ideas. Not sure if someone has tried to measure Internet “Serendipity factor” contribution but it’s ability to keep a never ending 24/7 loop of “likes”, “+1″, “follows”, “share” is definitely changing our society.
Do you have any interesting Serendipity history to share ??? Do not hesitate to leave it in comments section below.