Submitted by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont
At a conference on the uses of technology for education, I saw a series of fountains built in a park in Barcelona on the site where they had a World Fair a few years ago. These fountains were dry, unless a group of 15-20 people got together to dance around them ? and then the water spouted in rhythm with the dance. Families who came to the park had to stop each other to get a "quorum" for the dance, so that temporary connections between visitors were made, everyone had a great time and the water flowed! I think such spontaneous/ cooperative opportunities, helped by technology, would be ideal for L.A.