Shaping Serendipity: Methods for Maximizing Productive Interactions In-person and Online The Basic Principle — Increase your value. Think of yourself as a multi-faceted gemstone.
Online Encounters: Standing Out Amidst the Noise
- Send out beacons — post blogs, photos, comments, etc.
- Plant signals on websites both in- and out-of-field
- Crowdsource the online marketplace for competitive labor and ideas
- Cultivate weak links as much as strong links
In-person Encounters (EXTERNAL):
- The Art of Conference Crashing — Find nearby conferences on topics outside your professional field and personal interests
- Ask for permission to audit — Get to know the language of your shamans
- Leverage your perspective as an outsider — Don’t follow directions; create a networking schedule instead
- Devote time to workshops
In-person Encounters (INTERNAL):
- Visioneering Exercises — Diversify working groups across departments and areas of expertise
- Allot specific time and space to focused group work
- Make the mandate aspirational — set big goals!
- Incentivize idea-generation and experimentation; create a bonus structure that rewards innovation
Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd
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