40,000 Singing Norwegians

Thursday 40,000 (that’s right, 40,000) Norwegians showed up to sing in the square near the courtroom where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for murdering 77 people last year. Breivik cited the song, a Norwegian version of a song by Pete Seeger, as a (to his mind) dangerous sign of Norway’s increasing multi-culturalism.

The two women who called for the singing, Christine Bar and Lili Hjonnevag, used social media to invite people join in the song. The first day there were 4,000 people. The second day, ten times that number showed up.

Why do you think so many Norwegians came out on a rainy afternoon to sing, wave roses, and be together?
What is the effect of being a part of such an experience, both for the individuals participating, those of us observing, and on the nation as a whole?
What song would you like 40,000 of your fellow citizens to sing? Where would be sing it? And why?

Here is a link to the video:

About Barbara McAfee

Barbara is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformational power of sound. Her book, Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) was a #1 Amazon bestseller in Business Communication. The book is based on her 25 years as a voice coach, supporting people from many professions in learning how to access the full power and expression of the voice in service to their work and relationships. Barbara’s musical keynotes blend practical content, sophisticated humor, and thought-provoking questions on topics including voice, leadership, and engagement. She was “the band” for Margaret Wheatley’s Women’s Leadership Revival Tour, which visited 15 North American cities. She also appears with authors Parker Palmer and Peter Block. Barbara has produced seven CD's of mostly original music and is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer hospice choir in the Twin Cities. She lives across the street from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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