How to See Other People
Infinite Mile Detroit, Feb. 2016.
"Try this experiment: Next time you are out in public, make a concentrated effort to see every person. Keep focusing your attention on each person until your eyes connect. The simple gesture of looking with interest and curiosity often transforms the other’s bearing, triggering a certain lightness and recognition, and transporting a feeling of connection and community. The experiment is easier in a pedestrian-friendly city, where a large amount of time in public is spent outside of an automobile, yet it can as easily be replicated walking through crowds at events, at grocery stores and restaurants, anywhere you encounter strangers from other backgrounds, of other body types, and with different senses of style and class affiliation."