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Balcony Concert

Let spring shine, spread joy: Balcony Concerts to prevent doors closed & cabin fever singing in solidarity out of windows amid isolation.

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As in Italy people were singing in solidarity out of their windows amid coronavirus isolation, it is a great opportunity to set up an event calendar for neighbors to share their art, music and feelings. After spring is showing its face, we need to learn to challenge social distancing in a new way with new habits. Inspired by “living room” concerts, we should open our windows, get on the balconies, embrace spring and face closed doors and cabin fever with joy, happiness and new inspirations together.

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Do not let fear of the coronavirus pandemic keep you from one of the simplest joys in life:

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Hi Rozsa Simon welcome to the challenge. I like that your idea helps us "reflect deeply about what makes us happy, what drives our motivation, how to solve problems within a given situation". I wonder your thoughts on how we might go beyond houses with balconies to reach a wider population. Check out Group Workouts Games that keep us prepared: Resilience Games and I'm curious if there are any synergies

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Thank you so much for your feedback @Isaac Jumba and sharing your thoughts with me. Exactly, it does not need to be limited to balconies (especially because not everyone has one) But if we could just open our windows and look outside, listen to outside, just observe what is in front of us - maybe we could use this to re-connect with the present: our neighbors, our places, our homes...
Thank you also for sharing me the other contributions. Super interesting and yes, I also agree that we need to learn to deal with this abnormal situation. And this includes to be prepared and to be resilient. There are great examples of online classes and even if it is just a friends call - we take ownership in this situation and I like that development! Please check out TIN CAN COMMUNICATION - we should talk, but how? Strategic, mindful, reflective cards and practices for communication and kindness which is another idea of mine and goes deeper into what is actually affecting our motivations, our moods, what makes us happy and our entire way of communication. I would like to hear your thoughts?

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Hi Rozsa Simon Thank you for the reply. It has provided more context on your idea. I like using this opportunity to really reconnect with others. Checking out your other idea

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... and I actually experienced it first hand! :) In my street people with balcony "stepped out" and other people "followed" by opening their windows! Love it!

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