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May is Serendipity

The term ‘serendipity’ was coined in 1754 by the aristocrat Horace Walpole. While reading a Persian fairytale called “The Three Princes of Serendip,” he wrote to a friend to share his realization. “The princes were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”

When you hear stories about serendipity, they have an undertone of delight, pleasure, and sometimes profound transformation. These unforeseen, joyful accidents are often the opportunities we seek and cherish—and above all, they’re moments that we don’t forget.

How might we see, embrace, or cultivate serendipity? In 170 cities throughout 62 countries, we’ll hear about the unplanned moments that led to something new.

The theme was chosen by our Moscow chapter and illustrated by Anton Yermolov.

Some upcoming talks:

  • Bob Lord is a producer, composer, bassist and CEO of PARMA Recordings, the New Hampshire-based audio production house and parent company of the Navona, Ravello, Big Round, MMC, Capstone, and Ansonica Records label imprints. (Portsmouth)
  • Kate Canales is a Research Professor and the Director of Design and Innovation Programs at the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University where she runs SMU’s Master’s degree in Design and Innovation. (Dallas)
  • Jana Pruden is an award-winning feature writer at The Globe and Mail, where she specializes in narrative, longform, and investigative journalism. (Edmonton)
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