“Serendipitous Encounter”

Chuck Frey’s article (on Howard Rheingold) mentions inviting the “serendipitous encounter.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Something wonderful happens, I think, when we remain open to possibilities, and the PLN model allows for not only one’s initial framework of interests, but the “cultivating” of an evolving one/aesthetic as well.  It seems to me that the successful model is one centered on an individual utilizing it to refine their ability to “maneuver” within various social media, creating more frequent opportunities of “serendipitous encounters.”  I’m reminded here of Czeslaw Milosz’s lines on poetry, from his poem “Ars Poetica?”:

“The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.”




(I love his eyebrows.)

One thought on ““Serendipitous Encounter””

  1. That’s an awesome quote—I will be stealing it for my much maligned house analogy and the domains ;) Your post also make me think about something Vannever Bush wrote in his 1945 “As We May Think” essay about trail blazers and his early imaginings of what would be the web:

    There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record.

    The idea that creating connections like this on the web is very much premised on an open house that is made up of invisible guests. So awesome, thanks for this!

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