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Connecting the dots in a fast-changing world: How the science of serendipity can help us turn uncertainty into meaning, impact – and smart luck

Modern life is full of chance encounters, changing plans, delayed journeys, human errors, and—yes—even pandemics. But what if we could turn such unpredictability into positive outcomes? Dr. Christian Busch has spent a decade exploring how, if acted upon, unexpected moments can enhance our worldview, expand our social circles, and create new opportunities for innovation and impact. In this talk, Christian will share how we can use uncertainty as a pathway to more purpose and success, for companies and individuals alike.


“Wise, exciting, and life-changing.” (Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post)

“Highly recommended!” (Reid Hoffman, co-founder, LinkedIn)

“Offers practical insights for all.” (Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever 2009-2019)


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christian Busch

Dr. Christian Busch, FRSA, is an internationally known expert in the areas of innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and serendipity. He is the director of the CGA Global Economy Programme at New York University (NYU), and also teaches at the London School of Economics (LSE). A cofounder of Leaders on Purpose and the Sandbox Network – and a former director of LSE’s Innovation Lab – he has worked with senior executives and governments around the world. He is member of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Expert Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and on the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 thinkers “most likely to shape the future.”

His work has been featured by outlets such as the Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Guardian, and the BBC. Christian's bestselling book, The Serendipity Mindset (Penguin Random House), has been highlighted as a "wise, exciting, and life-changing book" (Arianna Huffington), and was featured on platforms such as the BBC, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes. He received his PhD from the LSE. He received his PhD from the LSE.


Benefits for the participants

This session will show how we can use uncertainty as a pathway to more purpose, innovation, and success. It will:

  • Frame the context: Uncertainty, transitions, new ways of working (acknowledging current situation, workplace transitions; need for customer centricity).
  • Explore serendipity (unexpected positive outcomes) in the context of COVID-19 and other times of uncertainty.
  • Show how we can use the science of serendipity as a tool for innovation and impact.
  • Harness concrete practices on how to cultivate serendipity for enhanced meaning and success .



40-minute presentation, 20-minute Q&A (including dynamic peer-to-peer sharing).



Information to follow on Eventbrite


More information

The 'serendipity mindset': how to make your own luck



Mon, 13 December 2021, 19:00 – 20:30 CET



Please purchase your ticket on Eventbrite





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