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The Moral ImaginationThe Art and Soul of Building Peace$
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John Paul Lederach

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174542.001.0001

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On Serendipity

On Serendipity

The Gift of Accidental Sagacity

(p.113) 11 On Serendipity
The Moral Imagination

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This chapter focuses on links between serendipity and real politics. It argues that in the real world, the element that historically assures extinction is unidirectionality and tunnel vision, a single-mindedness of process and response in pursuit of a purpose. Survival requires adaptation to constantly changing environments, finding ways to move sideways while maintaining clarity of purpose. The capacities that create the serendipitous moment, the capacity to give birth to discovery and through discovery to give birth to constructive change are discussed. These include acquiring and building a capacity for peripheral vision, developing creative learning disciplines, and sustaining platforms that are smart flexible.

Keywords:   politics, peripheral vision, creative learning, smart flexible platforms

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