Nov. 20, 2020

The Serendipity of Social Innovation

The Serendipity of Social Innovation

Christian Busch, Director, NYU Global Economy Program, interviewed by Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. 
In this conversation, they talk about serendipity, the art and science of creating good luck, and how it is intimately related to future trend...


Christian Busch, Director, NYU Global Economy Program, interviewed by Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. 

In this conversation, they talk about serendipity, the art and science of creating good luck, and how it is intimately related to future trends in social innovation. By learning to see the events, people or objects that come to us as opportunities for change and for adjusting course, we have the potential to achieve breakthroughs. 

The takeaway is that serendipity is more than chance and isn’t really magical at all. We can all experience serendipitous encounters, we just have to learn to look out for them, that is, unless we are attuned to such opportunities already. The real question is how to systematize it so that whole populations can benefit from the social innovations that typically ensure. For that, you might have to delve deeper into The Serendipity Mindset. 

After listening to the episode, check out The Serendipity Mindset as well as Christian Busch's online presence:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

Christian Busch

Faculty Director, NYU Global Economy Program & Author

Dr. Christian Busch is Clinical on the faculty of New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, where he directs the Global Economy concentration. He teaches on alternative growth strategies, purpose-driven leadership, impact entrepreneurship, social innovation, social networks, and emerging markets at NYU and at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Christian Busch has served as inaugural Deputy Director at the LSE’s Innovation and Co-Creation Centre, and now is the co-founder of Leaders on Purpose, an organisation convening high-impact leaders. Busch is also a co-founder of the Sandbox Network, a leading community of young innovators active in 20 countries.

He is among Thinkers50’s ‘top 30 management thinkers to watch in 2019’; Diplomatic Courier’s ‘Top 99 Influencers’; The Economist’s ‘Ideas People’; JCI’s ‘Ten Outstanding Persons’; a TEDster; a ‘Key Influencer’ (Siemens); an ‘Institute for the World Economy Global Fellow’; the ‘Davos 50’; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Christian Busch frequently speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), TED, and Financial Times Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and the UN. His presentations and workshops at companies such as Dell and Danone have reached over 1.2 million people.

Christian Busch previously worked in business in Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Germany, and the US, and has served as Senior Advisor at several multinational companies and startups. He holds a PhD (LSE: Networks, entrepreneurship), MSc (LSE: Management), BA (Hagen: Sociology, Psychology) & BBA (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: Business).