We are surprisingly good at connecting with other humans, even complete strangers.

Richard Renaldi's Touching Strangers.

We need to be in the right environment (such as a known, public, and safe street corner) and have the permission to connect. In this case the artist provided the permission.

Permission can also be determined by the context, without explicitly spelling things out. Think about the office, the Christmas party, and an outside-of-work social gathering.

Better connections temper conflict and ease collaboration. It may even save our lives:

Thanks to Tracey McGrath for the Richard Renaldi link.