Think about how uninhibited little kids can be. They burst into song in the grocery store, don mommy's curlers to act out a play and dance like crazy whenever a band starts to play. Flash mobs provide grown-ups a ticket to the kind of unbridled joyfulness we experienced as children. But how do you find out about something that's supposed to be a big secret?
First, there are companies, like Flash Mob America, that produce flash mobs for all kinds of causes and corporations. Join their e-mail lists and follow them on social media, and they'll keep you in the loop about their various events.
If you have a pet cause or political candidate, chances are they have initiated flash mobs in the past and may do so again in the future. Sign up for their mailing lists and attend their organizing meetings. You might even want to suggest a flash mob as a great way to raise awareness for your cause.
Arts-related groups, businesses, schools and performance studios are another great way to learn about flash mobs. Lots of flash mobs involve choreographed dancing, so rehearsals often take place at local dance studios. Give your local dance studio or performing arts school a call and ask if they can connect you with flash mob organizers in your town.
The previous three suggestions are pretty obvious ways to find flash mobs, but you'll need to get creative in order to make the move from flash mob novice to flash mob insider. One way to do this is to become buddies online with people who are actually participating in flash mobs. Comment on their YouTube videos, search their blogs and send messages directly to flash mobbers you find on Twitter. Be tenacious and sooner or later, you just may track down the Bill Wasik of your town. Even better, you might learn enough about flash mobs to try your hand at starting one of your own.
Flash-forward to the next page for lots more information on flash mobs and flash mob-related activities.
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