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Fate and Fortune?

This week has thrown up a number of opportunities for me to contemplate fate and fortune. In my synchronous life I have attended a selection event for a national team, engaged in discussions about organisational change, worked with colleagues to explore learning opportunities in open spaces and have contributed to an open tender to write a wiki history of paralympic sport in Australia. My asynchronous life has prompted me to reflect on how I get involved in such events. Last Saturday (19 February) Radio National broadcast a Radiolab program, Fate and Fortune, about life trajectories.  The program explored the genetic links to...

Coincidence, Serendipity and Synchronicity

An item on Radio National's Book Program introduced me to Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz's Australian Encounters. It is a "little book of literary trivia about chance meetings, and some influential ones too, between writers, politicians, artists, singers and activists." Subjects in the book include Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, Donald Bradman and Boris Karloff, Margaret Fulton and Elizabeth David, Michael Hutchence and Kylie Minogue, Nana Mouskouri and Frank Hardy, Martina Navratilova, Winston Churchill, Gandhi, Brian Burke, Henry Kissinger, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Menzies, Helena Rubinstein, and many more according to news of the...

Qu'est-ce que la chance?

Whilst catching up with my Facebook account, by chance, I found a post from a friend that linked me to this video Qu'est-ce que la chance ? on a French comedy site ('Rechercher dans la plus grosse base d’humour de francophonie'). There was no embed code for the video so having tried Vodpod, I used WordPress's Press This to form the link to the video and embed it here. If you go to the link it contains some remarkable visual examples of chance (or fate). I was predisposed to share this by a post in Stephen Downes OLDaily with a link...