Thursday, February 22, 2024





Here is a glimpse into some thoughts I’ve been walking through lately – almost every day.

It’s my deep dive into Engineered Guerrilla Serendipity by Unleashing the Power of Chance Encounters

Serendipity refers to the phenomenon of stumbling upon fortunate discoveries while not actively seeking them. It's the wonderful surprise of finding something valuable or pleasurable when you least expect it. (It’s real - I once found a $10 bill on the sidewalk. I took it straight to the supermarket and bought groceries).

Classic Examples

Scientific breakthroughs: The discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming, the invention of the Post-it Note, or the development of X-rays all these resulted from serendipitous events.

Personal connections: Finding a lifelong friend at a random social gathering or meeting a business partner through a chance encounter at the chamber of commerce.

Creative insights: Experiencing a sudden burst of inspiration for a new project or solution while engaged in an unrelated activity.

Engineered Serendipity is the intentional design of environments or systems to increase the likelihood of sagacious serendipitous encounters. It involves creating the conditions that foster unexpected connections and exploration. Brain storming sessions are most commonly used.

Guerrilla Serendipity means serendipitous encounters evoked through mundane daily activities that don’t cost money.  G=ABC (Guerrilla=Anything But Cash).

Engineered Guerrilla Serendipity (EGS) isn't just a fancy term for stumbling upon a twenty-dollar bill on the sidewalk. It's a deliberate dance with chance: a calculated nudge towards unexpected connections and fortunate collisions of ideas. While the concept holds huge potential, navigating its intricacies requires both strategic finesse and playful spontaneity.

There's no map with a "you are here" dot leading straight to Serendipity.

Encountering serendipity is like a winding path, one that unfolds as you explore, embrace detours, and savor the surprise turns.  Realistically we don't manufacture happy accidents; but we can certainly nudge ourselves in the right direction. We can attract happy accidents. (Sadly we attract some of our unhappiness too).

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Let's delve into EGS, exploring its strengths, potential pitfalls, and how to maximize its serendipitous spark.

Strengths Rekindled With a Fresh Perspective.  Here is some of what I’m talking.

First step is – acquiring the mindset that serendipity is real. Serendipity is a common daily experience that can be engineered consciously to manifest.

Serendipitor is the person who makes serendipitous encounters happen. They have an irrevocable and irrepressible spirit of optimism. 

Innovation Playground.   EGS throws open the doors to unconventional networking arenas. Forget stuffy conferences and expensive seminars. Think rather of impromptu book clubs hosted in quirky cafes, flash mobs erupting in bustling plazas, or thematic scavenger hunts (Geocache), weaving through vibrant cityscapes. These playful maneuvers not only spark connections but also unleash a torrent of creative energy, fostering collaborations among folks that might never have met in sterile, traditional settings.

Embraced Openness.   Step outside the predictable routines of daily life and injecting a dose of EGS, we crack open the gates to chance encounters. This isn't about blind hope; it's about strategically placing ourselves in fertile grounds for serendipity in blind dates. Joining a pottery class not just to learn how to mold clay, but also to connect with fellow artists, swap creative ideas, and perhaps stumble upon an unexpected artistic collaboration.

Democratizing the Unexpected.   EGS levels the playing field, tossing aside the velvet ropes surrounding traditional networking circles. Financial constraints no longer act as insurmountable barriers.  You need is a dash of wit, a sprinkle of resourcefulness, and willingness to step outside your comfort zone. Suddenly, the shy introverted student can find their voice amidst a lively book club discussion, and the cash-strapped artist can connect with potential patrons at a street art exhibition.  Yes. Stepping out of our comfort zone.

Serendipity thrives on a foundation of intentionality. Identify the types of connections you seek, the unique skills you can to share, and knowledge you wish to acquire. Then, craft your EGS maneuvers with these goals in mind. Join a coding club if you seek tech-savvy collaborators, or volunteer at a local animal shelter or zoo if you long for a furry friend and a supportive community. Join an on-line virtual serendipity club.  If there is none, create one on Facebook.

Authenticity is the Guiding Star.   The line between playful nudges and manipulative ploys can be blurry. Always remember, EGS thrives on frank genuine connections and mutual value exchange with friends. I approach my encounters with an open heart and a willingness to give as much as you receive. I share my knowledge, or offer my time, and celebrate the successes of others. In this spirit of authenticity, serendipity flourishes.

Scaling the Serendipity Summit.  EGS is a personal dance with chance, but its potential impact can ripple outwards. Document your EGS exploits, share your stories, and inspire others to embrace the unexpected.

Create online communities or host face to face gatherings where serendipity seekers can connect and share their fortuitous encounters. By scaling EGS beyond individual endeavors, we can cultivate a culture of open-mindedness and chance encounters, one unexpected connection at a time.

The serendipitors’ spirit conquers any shade of pessimism.

Engineered Guerrilla Serendipity is a way of life. It’s a playful rebellion against the predictable routine.  It’s a potent tool for forging meaningful connections and igniting unexpected possibilities.



Why EGS Rocks.

Playground for Innovation. Ditch the boring routines and explore the world of unexpected connections. Imagine brainstorming with fellow artists at a community knitting class. How about a public speaking club?  I was a member of one for 12 years. You won’t believe the number of friends I made there. Worldwide friends. EGS throws open the doors to creativity and collaboration, all without breaking the bank.

Chance Encounters, Mastered. EGS isn't about aimlessly waiting for lady luck to smile. It's about strategically walking in the serendipity path. Love books? Join a quirky book club and swap stories with fellow bibliophiles. Passionate about sustainability? Volunteer at a local community garden and meet eco-warriors like yourself. The possibilities are endless!

Say that again - The enlightened Serendipitor is Member of the Social Serendipity Club

EGS is open to All, Cash Is Not Required.    EGS is the ultimate equalizer. No fancy suits, no hefty price tags required. Just bring your wit, your touch of resourcefulness, and a willingness to embrace the unexpected. Suddenly, the shy bookworm can find their voice in a lively discussion, and the broke artist can connect with potential patrons at a free art exhibition.

Wait.  There's More We Can Do.

Don't Just Throw Spaghetti at the Wall.  Prepare yourself by thinking about what you hope to gain from these encounters. Craving tech connections? Hit up that computers hardware builders club. Volunteer at the local volunteer clinic. (I do). Intentionality is the key to making EGS work its magic.  Go to your local library. Pull out the first book on the top shelf next to the window…. What does it tell you? Write and post a book review on Good Reads.

You got your blog. You publish. Your name is indexed on Google. Now launch a second blog. I syndicate six different blogs on six different platforms.

Be Real, Not Phony.  EGS thrives on genuine connections. Ditch the forced networking smiles and let your inner weirdo show. Share your knowledge, offer your time, and celebrate the wins of others. When we're real, serendipity follows us. 

Still not convinced? Go on a blind date.
Still not convinced? Miriam Farbstein was a divorced mother of three. She went on a blind date in NY. The man she dated happened to own a casino house in Las Vegas. What a serendipitous encounter.  Today she ranks the 42th richest woman in the world. Her name is now Miriam Adelson. There are more like her. Read about them in my other blog post titled Financial Serendipity.

How about Julia Koch. She went on a blind date on January 1991. Today her net worth is estimated at $59 billion.

Serendipity is Magnanimous.  It’s Generous.  Share the gospel of serendipity. Spread it.  Don't hoard your EGS stories like a squirrel with acorns! Share your adventures, document your encounters, post them on your blogs and inspire others to embrace the unexpected. Create online communities, host offline gatherings, and let the serendipity wave roll.

Remember, the most extraordinary and fortunate encounters often happen when you least expect them. Now go forth and embrace the guerrilla serendipity within!

Read that last sentence again.

Share your stories. Here is one of my adventurous flights with a bush pilot running (almost) into the frozen granite wall of Mount McKinley.

The frozen granite wall view from a bush pilot passenger seat.

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*   Serendipity

- It's like finding a hidden gem in a thrift store or bumping into your bestie at a random cafe—those happy surprises that make life feel like a movie montage.

- Imagine this: you're strolling through a park, minding your own business, and BAM! You spot a four-leaf clover.  That's serendipity, baby!

- It's the universe winking at you, saying, "Hey, I've got your back."


*   Engineered Serendipity

Ethan Zuckerman, a director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, defines engineered serendipity as the idea “…that we can help people come across unexpected but helpful connections at a better than random rate. And in some ways, it’s based on trying to reassess this notion of serendipitous as lucky — to think of serendipitous as smart.”

- This is when you get kinda sneaky and generate opportunities for the magical encounters to happen.

- Set up a party for your friends with the goal of sparking unexpected connections and conversations.

- Design a playground for chance encounters, where the unexpected is always welcome and appreciated.

- Never, Never eat alone. Always share your bread.

- Attend public square demonstrations, political rallies, charitable fund raising events, 

- The best of romance – Whahoo.  Think of those dating apps – harmony, match, tinder, grindr  all of them match you based on your love of hiking, poetry, romance, pizza, tacos, sex and  those co-working spaces that bring together entrepreneurs and artists under one roof.

Become a lifelong Student.    Every day is an opportunity to discover something new. Read widely, delve into podcasts on diverse topics, and attend lectures or workshops that pique your interest.


Curiosity is the fuel that propels you towards uncharted territories, where serendipity thrives.

Ask "why" and "how" relentlessly.  Don't settle for surface-level understanding. Question everything, from everyday occurrences to complex ideas. This childlike inquisitiveness can unlock hidden connections and lead you down fascinating rabbit holes, often revealing unexpected treasures.

Collect experiences like souvenirs.   Seek out unique adventures, whether it's attending a local festival, taking a solo trip, or trying a new hobby.

Travel.  Each experience, even if seemingly unrelated, adds a brushstroke to the canvas of your life, creating the potential for serendipitous intersections down the line.

I imagine curiosity as my personal serendipity magnet. The more curious I’m the stronger it gets, pulling unexpected opportunities and connections your way. Here's how:

I’m a knowledge sponge.  I dive into anything that sparks my interest, whether it's a weird science documentary, an AI class, or chatting up a stranger with a cool hat. You never know where hidden gems are waiting to be discovered.


I try to be a social butterfly.   Curiosity makes me more approachable, like a human "talk to me" sign. I strike up conversations with strangers, explore online communities, and attend events.

Mark Victor Hansen published - Ask  that book is, as usual for him - a bestseller….   Curiosity is basically a million unanswered questions. Ask them all! You'll see things from new angles, spot hidden connections, and uncover possibilities you never even thought of.

I don't ignore the "hmm...”   Life throws curveballs, sometimes disguised as coincidences. When something catches your eye, even if it seems random, pay attention! It might lead to an amazing discovery or a life-changing connection.

I trust my gut feeling. Sometimes curiosity whispers things that seem illogical. But hey, who needs logic when you can have awesome adventures? Follow your hunches and see where they take you – you might surprise yourself!

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Remember, serendipity is all about being open to the unexpected. So crank up your curiosity, put on your explorer hat, and get ready for some amazing surprises!

Serendipity shows up in all places and all amounts, at all times. Earlier last month I was waiting to board a flight to ORD.  The regional jet was oversold and overweight. The captain required two volunteers to give up their seats. Do that in return for compensation from United.  I volunteered cause I’d sometime to spare. I bought this ticket by using my frequent flyer miles (gratuity by JP Morgan Chase credit card). The bottom line; the next day I arrived to Chicago on a free ride and was paid for it $1000.  I can use it for a first class free flight to LVNV. If I want…

I Know and I Practice the Power of Connections

I recommend that you be connector, not just a collector.

Actively build bridges between people you know. Introduce colleagues with shared interests, connect friends from different social circles, or simply spark conversations between strangers. You never know what connections might blossom, leading to unforeseen collaborations, opportunities, or even friendships.

Practice the art of "weak ties".  Don't underestimate the power of casual acquaintances. Sometimes, serendipity strikes through unexpected encounters with people you might not consider close friends. Be open to conversations with the barista, the person next to you on the bus, or the vendor at the market. You might be surprised by the insights and connections that emerge from these seemingly fleeting interactions.

Never Eat Alone. Never.  Always offer to share your bread with another.

Join communities that ignite you.   Surround yourself with folks who share and augment your passions, whether it's a book club, a volunteer organization, or an online forum. These communities act as fertile ground for cross-pollination of ideas, fostering serendipitous collaborations and discoveries that wouldn't have happened in isolation.

Cultivate the Serendipity Mindset

Befriend chance encounters.

Never. Never dismiss social coincidences as mere luck.  Figure out this question: does the random encounter mean something to you? What does it mean?

Pay attention to recurring themes, seemingly unplanned meetings; or unusual incidents. They might be nudges from the universe, pointing you towards unexplored paths or hidden opportunities.

Celebrate imperfection.   Let go of the need for rigid planning and control. Embrace the messiness of life, the unexpected detours, and the unplanned moments. Often, the most serendipitous discoveries happen when we surrender to the flow and allow ourselves to be surprised.

Keep a Serendipity Journal.       Huh?

Jot down interesting encounters, ideas, or observations throughout your day. Reviewing these entries later can reveal hidden patterns, connections, or serendipitous threads you might have missed initially. It's like creating a treasure map of your own unique journey, highlighting the unexpected gems that life throws your way.

Serendipity is an ongoing adventure, not a destination.

Get used to that!

As you cultivate curiosity, embrace human connections, and adopt a serendipity  mindset, you'll find that the map unfolds itself, revealing delightful surprises and guiding you towards a life filled with wonder and unexpected joy. So, put on your explorer's hat, embrace the unknown, and get ready to be surprised by the magic of serendipity!

The Common Denominator of everything said from the top down to this line – We sell ourselves wherever we are. We are always on sale to the world.

Bottom One Liners to Take Home

- Hug the unexpected moments, because they lead to things amazing.

- It’s cool to create little chaos in your life and watch what happens.

- After all, life's a lot more fun when you make room for surprises.

- Serendipity is an ongoing adventure, not a destination.

Mitad El Mundo. Quito Ecuador.

Do you know what are the Lender Combinations?

Join me next time for Serendipity Adventures on one of my six blogs.

Read my book The Master Attractor.


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Saturday, February 10, 2024

The Power of Self-Expression


The Power of Self-Expression:

A Path to Healing and Creative Flourishment


Photo via Pexels


Author: Claudia Cruz

 In a world that often demands conformity, finding avenues to express oneself authentically can be not just liberating, but also profoundly healing. Self-expression, the act of conveying one's thoughts, feelings, and identities, serves as a vital bridge between the inner self and the external world. Its benefits are manifold, ranging from reducing stress and anxiety to fostering creativity and enhancing self-confidence.


This article hosted by Dr. Mandy Lender delves into the transformative power of self-expression, illuminating how it can boost healing, elevate mood, and catalyze the creative process. Additionally, it explores the burgeoning realm of digital creativity as a modern conduit for self-expression, spotlighting the role of videos, photography, and blogging in the digital landscape.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety

At its core, self-expression provides a cathartic release, allowing individuals to externalize emotions that, if bottled up, could lead to increased stress and anxiety. Engaging in creative activities like painting, writing, or playing music offers a therapeutic outlet, enabling one to process and make sense of their emotions. This form of expression can act as a stress reliever, offering a sense of peace and tranquility in the midst of life's tumult.

Building Self-confidence

Self-expression is inherently linked to self-discovery. As individuals explore different modes of expression, they often encounter aspects of themselves previously unexplored or unacknowledged. This journey of discovery fosters a deeper self-awareness and, consequently, better self-confidence. The act of sharing one's creations with the world, despite fear of judgment, reinforces a sense of self-worth and resilience.

A Mood-Booster

The act of creating something, be it a piece of art, a piece of music, or a written work, can be immensely satisfying. The sense of accomplishment that comes from bringing something new into existence can elevate one's mood and instill a sense of joy and pride. Moreover, engaging in creative endeavors that one is passionate about can lead to a state of flow, where time seems to stand still, and one's worries fade away, further enhancing emotional well-being.

Enhancing Problem-solving Skills

Exploring self-expression encourages lateral thinking and the ability to view problems from multiple perspectives. Whether it's crafting a narrative, composing a song, or designing a piece of art, the creative process necessitates problem-solving. This practice of creative thinking spills over into other areas of life, enhancing one's ability to navigate challenges with innovative solutions.

Encouraging Mindfulness

Self-expression demands presence, drawing one's attention to the here and now. Whether it's through painting, writing, or performing, the act of expressing oneself fully engages the mind and body, encouraging a state of mindfulness. This present-centered awareness fosters a deeper connection with oneself and one's surroundings, promoting a sense of peace and contentment.

Fostering the Creative Process

At its heart, self-expression is the fuel of the creative process. It allows for the exploration of ideas, emotions, and visions that can be transformed into creative works. This exploration is not confined to traditional arts; it encompasses a wide range of activities that reflect individual uniqueness and innovation.

The Rise of Digital Creativity

In the digital age, self-expression has embraced the innovation and versatility of platforms like Adobe Express, transforming the way we engage with digital creativity. Adobe Express, a beacon for digital creators, offers a suite of tools and features that make it simpler and more accessible than ever to express one's creative side. With Adobe Express, creating engaging videos, capturing stunning photographs, and crafting compelling blog posts become seamless endeavors. Below are a few creative ways to enhance your self-expression with the help of Adobe Express:


Creating videos, whether they are vlogs, tutorials, or artistic films, becomes an even more dynamic way to convey stories, share knowledge, and express emotions with Adobe Express Video Maker. This tool simplifies the video creation process, allowing users to combine visual and auditory elements effortlessly.


Photography's ability to capture moments, emotions, and perspectives is enhanced with Adobe Express Photo Editor. This tool allows for a deeper visual exploration of one's environment, offering advanced editing features to refine and enhance images.


Writing compelling blog posts is made more engaging with Adobe Express Blog Creator. This tool offers a sophisticated platform for articulating thoughts, sharing experiences, and connecting with like-minded individuals. It enriches the blogging experience by providing beautiful design templates and interactive features, fostering a space for reflection, discussion, and the exchange of ideas.


The journey of self-expression is a deeply personal and universally relevant endeavor. It is a pathway to healing, a catalyst for creativity, and a means of connecting with others. In the digital age, the opportunities for self-expression are boundless, offering new mediums and platforms for sharing our unique voices. Embracing self-expression, in all its forms, promises not only personal growth and healing but also the enrichment of the collective human experience.

Caludia Cruz is a writer, content creator and digital graphic designer.

Tags: #Claudia Cruz #AdobeExpress #creativeprocess #self-expression #blogging #mindfulness #self-confidence 

Saturday, December 2, 2023



Richard Cooke is Tired of Winning 
- Book Review

One of the blessings of my life is having librarian research assistant. He’s a result-getter. He digs up books on loan from libraries in places that are not on Rand McNally maps. But his real knack is having gotten used to sense what may interest me.

In short Chuck knows what piques my interest. So, I returned after twelve days away and there I find, on my credenza the title “Tired of Winning” by Richard Cooke. Serendipity? Maybe.

Published by Black Inc. Books., (Melbourne, Australia. 2019) written  by the Australian author Richard Cooke, who is considered an expert on American culture and politics.

Cooke is an Aussie journo who's been in the game for over two decades. He's penned articles for some of the country's biggest newspapers and regularly pops up on the telly. Cooke's got a knack for breaking down Aussie and American politics, and his writing is as clear as a sunny day. He's a big believer in independent journalism and has scooped up a stack of awards for his work.  Before I was about to hand the book back I looked inside to see who is it that is tired of winning?

One essay – titled Energy Exchange, Cooke describes the summer of 1968 in Chicago. He quotes an array of journalistic print reports of what has happened. Sometimes in details… Second hand, maybe, third hand… Most reporters or all passed by now.

The gist – if you’re interested – is followed here:

Things got pretty intense in Chicago in the summer of 1968. Thousands of anti-war protesters showed up during the Democratic National Convention to make their voices heard against the Vietnam War. Things took a bad turn when the protests turned violent, and police clashed with the demonstrators. The whole thing was caught on TV, and it really shook up the country.

The violence hurt the Democratic Party, and it's thought to have played a role in Richard Nixon winning the 1968 presidential election. When I arrived in Chicago in 1976 no one remembered the summer of 1968. After the winter of 1977 a new mayor (Michael Bilandic) was in office and four years later Jane Byrne was elected becoming the first woman mayor in Chicago. She cleared the way to the next woman mayor – Carol Mosley Browne - a trail blazer - who went on later to be the first Black woman U.S. Senator from Illinois.

But  Richard Cooke is not interested in gender studies or minority studies in America.

Having done with Richard Nixon, the villain Republican, Cooke brings us to a real time villain – Donald Trump.

2017 to date is a never-ending gift that keeps giving to political journalists and the publishing houses.  The journos write, the publishers print, hard-bound books produced, and there they sell.

Never mind that Trump’s presidency was marked by four years of peace on earth. No inflation in the US.  A vaccine was produced in warped speed.  Putin didn’t dare invade Ukraine again. 

Yet the White House theatrics season was on, and still provides nutritious manna from heaven to political journos. Bob Woodward and Simon & Schuster and them-else keep on releasing political journalism fiction books.

Here Cooke re-litigates the Russian Collusion by Trump & sons. (“A Conspiracy”). Never mind that the Mueller Report evaporated into a black hole in a parallel universe. Mueller who?

Well, it’s evident that Cooke is a visiting Trump hater.

Michiko Kakutani was The New York Times famed book reviewer.   A 2017 article by The New York Times titled "38 Years on Books: The Essential Michiko Kakutani Reader" stated that she "wrote more than 4,000 book reviews" during her tenure at the newspaper. Another source - "Michiko Kakutani: The Power of Criticism" by Jennifer Schuessler, suggests that she penned "an estimated 10,000" reviews.
Richard Cooke has something against Kakutani in this essay -  “Truth Kicks the Bucket”.
You see, journalists make a living from minding other peoples’ business.  When they stop reporting facts and report their opinions about other peoples’ behaviors and beliefs, they’re gossipers for hire.

Classic example The Guardian - is a Marxist leaning British paper - described Carlos Lozada’s from the Washington Post book as, “…analyses 150 often trashy books about someone who is not known to have read a single book and hired stooges to write the 20 self-puffing volumes published in his name.”

Tired of Winning is one more volume in my “Trumpian Bibliotheca”.

MAGA - Richard Cooke - regardless of your splendid cognitive convolutions in print – is still America the great!

I remain grateful to Chuck Gillen III. He who provides me with reads and write fare of esoteric books.

Now the Tired of Winning book goes back to the public library.


Mandy Lender during summer time

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023


Michael Crichton was an author and filmmaker known for his science fiction, techno-thriller, and medical fiction novels.  He attended Harvard University, where he studied anthropology, zoology and medicine.  He was a gifted writer who combined scientific accuracy with suspenseful storytelling. Crichton’s intellectual powers left a scholarly legacy for intelligent people. Below are some of his curated musings articulated originally by others.


What really interests me is whether God has any choice in the creation of the world.

 ~ Albert Einstein

Deep in the chaotic regime, slight changes in structure almost always cause vast changes in behavior. Complex controllable behavior seems precluded.

 ~ Stuart Kaufman

Sequelae are inherently unpredictable.

 ~ Ian Malcolm (Crichton)

The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.

  ~ Steve Weinberg

The word “cause” is an altar to an unknown god.

 ~ William James

What is not possible is not to choose.

 ~ Jean Paul Sartre


Tuesday, June 27, 2023




Showing the fine line between Guerrilla and Engineered serendipity mindsets.

Serendipity is a rally of independent events which have come together seemingly by chance to bring a surprisingly good or wonderful outcome. We should live in the mindset that serendipity is always with us, here and now. We can plan for serendipity and we can be prepared for serendipity when it comes our way.


Engineered Serendipity is the intentional creation of opportunities for people to meet and interact in unplanned ways. The goal is to spark new ideas, launch collaborations, and create innovations.

The idea of engineered serendipity is based on the observation that chance encounters can be a powerful source of creativity and innovation. When people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives come together, they spark new ideas and solutions that would not have been possible otherwise.

There is evidence to support this claim. For example, a study by the Harvard Business School found that scientists who attended the same conference were more likely to learn from each other and collaborate effectively when they had common interests. However, the study also found that scientists who were from the same field were less likely to cite each other's work. This suggests that there is a sweet spot for engineered serendipity, where people have enough in common to be able to connect and collaborate and create, but not so much in common that they become competitive.

There are numerous known ways to engineer serendipity. Some common methods include:

* Designing spaces that encourage random encounters. This involves creating open and inviting spaces with plenty of seating, or configuring furniture that encourages people to interact.

* Organizing events and social activities that bring people together from different backgrounds and disciplines. Such as conferences, workshops, or social meetups or public rallies or explicit brain storming sessions.

* Using technology to connect people who might not otherwise meet. This involve using social media, online forums, virtual meetings, or matchmaking services.

The key to engineered serendipity is to create opportunities for people to connect with each other in unexpected ways. Social diversity is a catalytic element. When people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives come together, they often spark new ideas and create innovations.

Here are past examples of how engineered serendipity was used to achieve productive outcomes:

* Google's “20%” time policy encourages employees to spend 20% of their work time on projects that are not directly related to their job duties. This policy has led to the development of many new products and services, including Gmail, Google Maps, and AdSense.

Google engineers were encouraged to take "walkabouts" around the company's campus. This gives them the chance to meet people they might not otherwise meet and to discuss new ideas.

* The XPrize is a competition that offers large rewards for solving difficult problems. The XPrize has helped to accelerate the development of new technologies, such as the SpaceShipOne suborbital spacecraft and the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race.

* The TED Conference is an annual event that brings together speakers from diverse fields to share their ideas. TED Conferences have helped to spread new ideas and innovations around the world. This has led to many unexpected collaborations and innovations.

* The website “” allow people to find and join groups based on their interests. This has helped to connect people who might not otherwise have met and to spark new ideas.


Engineered serendipity was well described by the work of John Hagel et al. from Delloite Touche (2010) - how small moves, smartly made can set big things in motion.

 Engineered serendipity is a powerful tool that is used to achieve productive outcomes. By creating opportunities for people to connect with each other in unexpected ways, we can spark new ideas, collaborations, and innovations.


Guerrilla Serendipity is a term used to describe the unexpected and delightful encounters that happen when people at large go around and about in their open communities. The term "guerrilla" is used to accentuate the spontaneous, random and no cost nature of these encounters.

The term "guerrilla" refers to the use of unconventional tactics to achieve a goal. In the context of guerrilla serendipity, these tactics include the use of social media, crowdsourcing, and other forms of social communication to spread information and ideas.

Guerrilla Serendipity refers also to the unexpected discovery of new knowledge or insights that challenge the status quo.

The point is that where and when guerrilla is deployed there is no involvement of money.

Guerrilla=ABC.    Guerrilla is Anything But Cash.

Guerrilla Serendipity has the potential to have an impact on the way we think about knowledge and acquisition of power. By challenging the traditional social gatekeepers, guerrilla serendipity helps to create a more open and democratic society.

Guerrilla Serendipity was term was coined by Claudio Paolucci to describe the use of new technologies that spread alternative and non-institutionally certified interpretations of reality. It is a form of "semiological guerrilla warfare" that challenges the traditional relationship between knowledge and power.

Here are examples of practical benefits of guerrilla serendipity:

* The use of social media to spread information about protests and demonstrations.

* The use of crowdsourcing, (OPM) to fund and produce independent media enterprises. Examples are Medium and Substack.

* The build free social networks to share information and ideas.

* The use of free or almost free community resources such as computer labs, public libraries, volunteers, NGOs, public schools, disposed recyclable materials, public bulletin boards, civic clubs (low cost membership), Internet cafes, your cellphones, participating talk shows on TV and radio, writing letters to editors, book reviews, advertising on public service radio and TV.

Guerrilla Serendipity is not without its risks. It can be used to spread misinformation and disinformation. It can also be used to target individuals or groups with harassment or abuse.

However, the potential benefits of guerrilla serendipity outweigh the risks. By challenging the traditional relationship between knowledge and power, guerrilla serendipity helps to create a more open and democratic society.

Guerrilla serendipity is productive in the social life as well as in the liberal arts:

* Using free social media to connect with people who have different interests and perspectives. This can help you discover new information and ideas that you would not have otherwise found.

* Following hashtags for keywords (#), address (@) and acronyms on social media to stay up-to-date on trending topics. This tool helps finding new and interesting content that you might not have otherwise seen.

* Using online tools such as chat-generative AI to produce random recommendations, helps finding new services, new music, movies, books, and other content that you might enjoy.

Experimenting with various ways of using digital technologies in the liberal arts.

·       A musician who uses social media to connect with fans and other musicians, and who then collaborates with them on new contents.

·       A writer who uses online tools to generate random prompts, and then writes short stories based on those prompts.

·       A photographer who experiments with different ways of using their camera, and who then takes unexpected and beautiful photos.

All of the examples above help users to find new and unexpected ways to interact with the world around us. 

Guerrilla Serendipity is a powerful mind set and skills set for learning, for evoking creativity, and stimulating personal growth. By intentionally creating opportunities for serendipity, you open yourself up to new experiences and possibilities.

In finality, Guerrilla Serendipity is creative, playful and low to no cost manifold resources. It can help you to find new friends, useful information, life experiences, recommendations, and connections that you would not have otherwise found.

If you are looking for new ways to learn and grow – assume the mindset of and go experiment with the guerrilla serendipity.




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Tuesday, May 2, 2023


Serendipitous opportunities happen to anyone, at any time.

Here are some examples of serendipitous opportunities:

* Meeting a soul-mate

* Finding a dream job

* Traveling to an exotic destination

* Winning the lottery

* Getting a promotion at work

* Starting a new business

* Writing and publishing a book

* Making a humanitarian difference in the world

These are just a few examples, and there are many other serendipitous possibilities out there. The important thing is to keep an open mindset and be open to them and be willing to take risks. If you keep your eyes open and your heart open, you never know what might happen.

Serendipitous encounters come as an avalanche. They hit everyone, at any time. Be prepared for them and to be willing to take advantage of them when they come your way.

Here are some skillset tips for encountering serendipitous events:

* Be open to new experiences.

* Search to meet new people.

* Travel to new places.

* Try new things.

* Be willing to take risks.

* Be patient.

* Believe in yourself.


Serendipitous lead-ins occur to everyone, at any time and everywhere.

Be prepared for them and to be willing to take advantage of them when they come your way.


Serendipity can lead to personal growth by providing unexpected and positive opportunities for learning and development. Serendipitous events can help individuals to discover new interests, passions, and talents that they may not have otherwise explored. For example, a chance encounter with a stranger could lead to a new job opportunity or a new friendship that opens up new possibilities for personal growth. Serendipity can also help individuals to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills by presenting them with unexpected challenges and opportunities. By embracing serendipity and being open to new experiences, individuals can expand their horizons and develop new skills and perspectives that can lead to personal growth and fulfillment. In summary, serendipity can lead to personal growth by providing unexpected and positive opportunities for learning, development, and self-discovery.

Serendipity is a term used to describe the occurrence of fortunate events or happy accidents that lead to unexpected discoveries, insights or opportunities. The word was first coined by writer and politician Horace Walpole in 1754, after the Persian fairy tale "The Three Princes of Serendip," whose heroes were always making discoveries by accident.


Serendipitous events can happen in various aspects of life, from scientific discovery and artistic inspiration to personal relationships and career advancement. They often occur when one is open-minded, curious and willing to take risks, as well as when one has knowledge and experience in a particular field. Some famous examples include Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin through observing mold growth, or the creation of Post-It Notes by scientists trying to develop a strong adhesive.

In modern times, technology has played an increasing role in facilitating serendipity through algorithms designed to recommend content based on user preferences or location, which can lead to surprising connections and discoveries online. However, some argue that relying too heavily on algorithms and data-driven decision-making may reduce opportunities for serendipity and creative problem-solving.

The Three Princes of Serendip 

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