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Serendipity (n.): The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way


We have all heard the saying “when one door closes, another opens”—even in failure we can find novel success. Failure is all right because of serendipity. In any given venture, one could intend for a particular outcome, completely fail, but discover something new and groundbreaking on a much larger scale in the process. There is a certain pleasure to be found in coming across the unexpected and making unanticipated new discoveries.

The power of serendipity is synergy. The synergy of ideas and points of view drives the unearthing of new and undiscovered ideas. These fortunate happenstances have forged innovation for centuries, and will continue to do so for years to come. Diverse collaboration and interaction between colleagues allows for greater learning and innovative development. It is clear, then, that only in our activity and interaction with the world around us can we find serendipity.

German philosopher Martin Heidegger proposed the idea of “dasein”, or “there-being”—the idea of practical existence. He argued that an action of being makes humanity unique in comparison to objects. “Things” such as a hammer or a glass of water, Heidegger said, were simply for handiness, as they are only objectively present for practical uses. In contrast, humans are pragmatic beings, as we are defined by our possibilities and our existence. Our ability to make use of the handy resources at our disposal to learn and achieve our own individual goals is what makes us truly human for Heidegger. It is this existence and ability to actively engage with our surroundings that makes the world worthwhile.

Therefore, Heidegger would agree with me when I say that serendipity is part of the most basic definition of humanity. Our ability to engage with the world to learn collaboratively and excel individually not only makes us human but also creates serendipitous instances. A simple openness to the ideas that surround our every day lives will allow our present generation to forge new paths and pioneer new ventures. Treehouse’s coworking community will establish this exact environment in Dublin to further the advances of domestic and international entrepreneurs.

Serendipity will emerge from the synergy of diverse ideas within this space.