I cried. Via.
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Many of you may have already seen this, but I hadn’t. I actually teared up, because this video proved that once in awhile, perfect strangers can actually come together as one in the most beautiful way. I mean, passengers actually smiled genuinely at each other, they actually shared an experience that bonded them for two minutes straight.
Music does that. Politics, on the other hand…
To see such expressions of gentle surprise and sheer joy from people is so unusual in these times of extreme polarization. They were utterly enchanted. You could tell, because out came the iPod buds.
And that music, so inspiring, as was the entire video. Why can’t it be like that more often? Rhetorical.
In April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk http://radioklassisk.dk/. All music was performed and recorded in the metro.
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The sound: The Copenhagen Metro is very quiet and the recording you hear is where the train is standing still. That’s why the recording you hear is so clean and crisp – and the sound is actually surprisingly good in the Copenhagen metro.
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There’s nothing more heartening than seeing people come together with a great idea to solve huge problems with effective, creative, simple solutions in a positive way.
If you replace the first two letters of “flash mobs” with a “C” for “cash mobs,” you have the makings of strangers helping strangers by way of social media, big hearts, and the desire to accomplish what elected officials can’t: Inject quick cash into local economies.
Small biz, meet Awesome.
[T]he purpose is serious: to support locally owned businesses with a quick injection of cash.
The trend is part of a larger “buy local” movement that has emerged in response to the rise of big-box national chains that are putting the squeeze on mom and pop stores.
Los Angeles activists, for example, are mobilizing to challenge building permits issued to Wal-Mart. The world’s largest retailer is planning to construct a 33,000-square-foot grocery store in Chinatown that critics worry will hurt small, local merchants.
The way it works is, participants meet up on a specified day, at a specified time, at a specified intersection with at least twenty dollars to spend at local businesses. Nobody knows the name of the business until just prior to the event “to add a sense of adventure to the outing.”
Another added benefit is that the “mobsters” find one-of-a-kind items that they’d never be able to find at big chains or box stores.
Then, after the shopping spree is over, everyone goes to a local bar to hang out, make new friends, socialize, and celebrate. Another major plus is that it’s a twofer, because…
The business owner (and the bar) get a windfall. [...]
[T]he outings also create a sense of community.
What’s not to love?
Ultra cool, I smiled all the way thru. Via Nadia. Of course, I had to add this-
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