A flash mob – as defined by our friends at Wikipedia – is “a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, and then quickly disperse.” YouTube and other social media platforms have significantly amplified the power of these not-so-improved improvisations by broadcasting videos of the acts and making them viral for millions of viewers around the world.
As with any buzz worthy trend, many nonprofits and local volunteers have tapped into the viral power of flash mobs to help generate buzz and donations around a cause.
Below, we’ve rounded up the top four flash mobs for social good. Enjoy!
Haiti: Flash Mob America flash mobbers joined together to raise money for the victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. 100% of the donations went to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
End Hunger: Bremer Bank and View NOW in St. Paul, Minnesota teamed up together to fundraise for Feeding America to help end hunger. For every YouTube view, the two organizations made a donation to the cause.
Move the Movement: “The Make Your Move” flash mob event was organized by university students in Syndney, Australia to benefit “Move the Movement,” a charity program developed by the Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) to promote a healthy active lifestyle in the prevention of disease.
Anti-bullying: In honor of International Anti-Bullying Day, two schools came together to create a message about acceptance and challenge others to use social media as a positive tool.