There is something wrong with a situation in which some 95% of innovations never find an application. This is the case for academic research, in which the vast majority of inventions end up getting shelved, says Dan Perez, PhD student and CEO of the internet start-up Marblar.com.
About 107 trillion e-mails were sent in 2010, and 3.1 billion e-mail accounts were active worldwide as of last year. And if you aren't ignoring most of them, you are frantically trying to empty your mailbox. Nick Bilton has a better idea: Stop using e-mail.
Serendipity is supposed to be a happy accident so trying to orchestrate it is a bit of an oxymoron. But you or an entire organization can create an environment where serendipity and luck are likely to occur, where you will notice it, and where you can effectively take advantage of it.