Flash Mobs – Part I

The Big Bang Theory Flash Mob showed up today in my Facebook newsfeed. Of course, I had to watch it, I LOVE flash mobs!


Everyone who knows me, knows I am a joiner — I love to participate in group activities and the larger the group, the better! I enjoy the feeling that I am a part of something larger than myself, something that connects people, something that causes a ripple of positive action, something that binds people together, even for a short time.

I would love to be a part of a flash mob — who wouldn’t? It seems like so much fun — for the participants and for the onlookers!

I did a little research and found some examples of great flash mobs.

This first one is from Improv Everywhere, a New York-based “prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places” (their words). This flash mob — Frozen Grand Central — garnered 21.5 million views and features over 200 people freeze for 5 minutes in New York City’s Grand Central Station and then walk away.


This next clip is a tribute to Michael Jackson. Featuring 300 dancers in Stockholm, who got together, practised the routine for 1/2 hour then performed it an hour later.


When I watch these videos, I notice how much fun the participants are having — they beam with happiness as they share a moment with perfect strangers, connecting with them in a purely joyful way. And the audience — from their first tentative, quizzical looks to the sheer happiness that lights up their faces when they start to enjoy the spectacle.

I would love to be a part of a flash mob…or witness one!


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