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Stories of Impact

Stories of new scientific research on human flourishing that translate these basic discoveries into practical tools.

Jan 17, 2023

Have you ever been in a group of people, everyone focused on the same thing — a sports competition or a sermon or a performance — and you’ve had a feeling that you’re being transported or transformed by what you’re experiencing? It’s when you’re been a part of a collective moment of being that is so powerful and so meaningful that you forget about any self-consciousness or shyness or hesitation, and you feel swept up in what might be called celebration or rapture, or joy, or love.

There’s actually a term for those beautiful, resonant, collective experiences — collective effervescence. Today, we’re exploring the collective effervescence of Koolulam, “a social-musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society, centering around mass-singing events.” Featuring Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo, Dr. Shira Gabriel and Koolulam’s co-founders, Or Taicher, Michal Shahaf, and Ben Yaffet

Music for this episode courtesy of Koolulam, featuring One Day and other choral works