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We are all connected…

Posted: July 10th, 2009 | Author: Patrick Smits | Filed under: Team Performance | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »


We are all defined by what happens around us. On a large “quantum physics” scale we could say that we are all connected with each other. We are all energy. In normal situations, where a lot of strangers are together we tend to not feel this connection. We focus on our own internal self. We do not make contact with what happens around us. And when this last too long we start feeling depressed. But…

Only when something happens around us that synchronizes the energy into a nice frequency we get music. Music gives us the energy to dance. And when we dance together we feel even more energy. And the more this energy synchronizes the happier we start to feel. This energy of being connected with each other widens out to all person in the neighbourhood of this event. It works like a magnet.

In Antwerp Central Station there was a nice experiment of a dance group that set up a public performance. More than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi”, in the Central Station of Antwerp. with just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt! Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23 of march 2009, 08:00 AM. It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of “The Sound of Music”.

Watch for yourself and see what this does with the people coincidently in the neighbourhood of this synchronized event.


Fun, passion and togetherness is what connect us. It is amazing to see how quickly this can be realized with a crowd of people that does not know each other. Just having fun together… And it works.  If you do not believe this works… here is a more recent proof of how passion connects us. The passion for music. 

These are two performances made at Segels Torg and the Central Station (Stockholm). The dance collective Bounce came up with the idea and invited the public to a short choreographed session before hitting the streets.

(Copyright Pierre Wikberg)

Wondering why in this so called financial and economic crisis, companies have a hard time to connect again with the fun, passion and togetherness. The paradox, however is that we all need this. Where are fun, passion and connection gone in some boardrooms?

There is no magic. Neither the money nor the performance appraisals will have the same effect. But only those simple things will make a world of a difference.

One Comment on “We are all connected…”

  1. 1 Ago said at 3:25 pm on July 10th, 2009:


    Excellent post with some very cool examples of the power of concerted effort combined with creativity.

    Making this happen in a corporate environment is unique, but not as hard as it may seem: there are plenty of examples of people getting together and creating something truly wonderful, often under the guidance of experienced people like yourself.

    However, it takes courage to stand up and fight for what you believe in: the right to be different, and break the mould – corporate environments are often not the best grounds to foster such change. By telling people “It’s OK”, we can create an environment where there’s room for inspiration, connectedness and groundbreaking creativity.

    People like you make that happen – congratulations on the blog, enjoy your personal journey while you make it and – most importantly – have fun !


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