RCT – A drop of serendipity

The Social Age Safari  is built on foundations of narrative and connection bringing people together and introducing the opportunity for serendipity.  The session on creativity that I presented on community touched on the way we have used RCTs (Randomised Coffee trials) in the National Health Service to spark innovation, transformational change and co-creation.  The RCT’s have been used as part of our school for health care radicals #SHCR and NHS Change Day .   Here are a few links to information on RCT’s from Horizons NHS/David Gurteen,  Nesta and The Red Cross all organisations have found the approach a simple way to generate innovation.

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RCTs aim to introduce a drop of serendipity into everyday life connecting people who would not have met each other in any other way.   Greg Lindsay talks about how people who can serendipitously bridge gaps were more likely to generate great ideas and progress professionally.   Google and other organisations have looked at how the way buildings and working practices are put together to try and replicate serendipitous opportunities.

The audience at the safari wanted to know more about engineering serendipity as it formed part of co-created learning points developed by two participants Kurt and Kate at the event.  My aim is to add to this learning point  by blogging more evidence as I complete my MSC research on innovation and clinical innovators.  Anecdotal evidence from my own experience, innovators DNA research and from the Aspen Ideas Festival 2014 suggests that innovators need to practice the ancient art of serendipity.

So I have an open invite to you to watch this space as we move towards creating the biggest ever global RCT for the next Fab Change Day  with@RoyLilley.  Sign up details for the RCT are coming soon and you don’t need to be in health or social care to join in.