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Driving from one
meeting to another I turned on the radio in time to hear National Public Radio
(npr.org) air a segment about Ghost Bikes. My first thought was that they were
talking about bikes that floated through the air like an imaginary ghost of
children’s stories. But the story wasn’t
that light hearted. Rather it was a
piece about the installation of a bike as a memorial to a New York bicyclist who had
been killed. (http://www.npr.org/2012/08/21/159560603/where-cyclists-once-rode-ghost-bikes-stand-vigil )
What interested me most was that Ghost Bikes (ghostpikes.org) aren’t just located in New
York. These bikes, painted white, locked
to a sign near a crash site, can be found in 180 locations in 26 different
countries. Among the countries - Austria, Denmark, Czech
Republic, Brazil, Ecuador, Turkey, Singapore and New Zealand.
It’s another example of how ideas, that start in one
locale, can spread around the world touching people in multiple places. I wrote before about the June celebration - Fete de la
Musique. Started in Paris in 1982 it now takes place in over 100 countries .
Other music may appear at any time. One day you may discover a piano sitting unguarded
in a public place ready for you. Thanks
to Play Me I’m Yours/Street Pianos (streetpianos.com) and local artists there
have been 600 pianos placed in cities on five continents including Sao Paulo, Belfast, New York and Tilburg.
Going to Perth, Cambridge or Hangzhou in September or October ? You'll find pianos there.
Happy or sad ideas and activities spread around the
world. If you know of something similar send it
in to add our collection. Special things
to look for as we work and travel.
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