Chapter 2

Making Room for Serendipity

T.M. Race1 and S. Makri2,    1New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL, United States,    2City University London, London, United Kingdom


Serendipity is strongly linked to creativity and innovation. Many of the same factors that encourage or discourage creativity and innovation encourage or discourage serendipity as well. These factors may be internal, generated primarily by an individual. Or factors may be external, created by something outside of an individual’s control. Making room for serendipity involves learning to manage or manipulate these internal and external factors in ways that cultivate happy accidents. These ways include attitudes, designs, and even personal strategies.


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