You decide as a individual to make a contribution.
And then about mid day–or perhaps later–you realise that you have been part of an historic event–a “perfect swarm.” For most people, this will be a surprising and gratifying discovery. You realize that thousands of other individuals made a similar commitment at the same time. It feels a bit uncanny.
What is going on? Swarm power, emergence, something larger than ourselves. Here is a fun thing to do: Take a large crowd–perhaps you are giving a speech–and ask them to clap together to an aligned beat. But don’t give them a lead beat. Just ask the crowd to find a beat, by paying attention to their neighbors, and syncing up as they can. I’ve done this dozens of times, and the amazing thing is how fast a group can come together when it wants to.