How to plan for serendipity

The club is a very ancient institution, but it is a disaster when whole nations turn into clubs, for these, besides promoting the precious qualities of friendship and loyalty are also hotbeds off sectarianism, intolerance, suspicion, superciliousness and quick to defend an illusion that flatters self-love or group consciousness.*
(Johan Huizinga)

[V]astness is repeated in every system of our lives. If we only care enough to zoom.**
(Seth Godin)

The best way to plan for serendipity is to play the infinite game.

Invite as many as possible to play for as long as possible, and change the rules if some threaten to be excluded or the game is coming to a premature end.

What then happens includes new encounters, sharing of ideas, new ideas being born, new possibilities tried, new people met, new ideas encountered, more ideas clustering, more exploring.

Seth Godin includes the following image in his blog for today. Go on, click on it and keep zooming.

Godin’s words, above, pertain to this incredible universe in which we discover more and more as we zoom in … and also people’s amazing lives.

We cannot plan for serendipity by carefully selecting. As many as possible need to turn up and then see what happens.

Douglas McWilliams documents, or zooms in, on the incredible boost to the London and British economy that has added significantly to every person’s life in the UK through the contribution of immigrants – emigrĂ©s.

We do to know if there is any limit to our zooming. The adventure is in the finding out.

(*From Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens.)
(**From Seth Godin’s blog: Zooming in – the magic of looking more closely.)

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