Please contact to invite ECN Director Ori Alon as a guest artist, performer, speaker or workshop facilitator. Ori has led workshops for in schools, workplaces, summer camps, colleges, spiritual communities and conferences.
“Ori’s work is inspired and inspirational”
Ed Woodham, Director, Art in Odd Places Festival
“Ori was an excellent guest speaker in the Art and Social Practice Program at Portland State University. He helped us re-evaluate our notions of compassion and gave us new tools to interact with communities that have different values then us”
Adam Carlin, Director, Greensboro Project Space
“This was my favorite session! So inspired to do some street activism with these magical tools! Didn't want to miss any of this great presentation!”
Participant, Expressive Therapies Summit
"I am still helped every day by my Forgiver's License which I carry in my wallet"
Norman Fischer, Zen master, poet and author, one of the leading Buddhist teachers in the US
“What was terrific about the forms that Ori prepared is that they were funny and accessible and allowed people to get to the essence or purpose of the Jewish High Holidays – Teshuva – without being tripped up by the unwieldy tool of the liturgy”
Rabbi Brent Spodek, Beacon Hebrew Alliance
"I gave a friend of mine, who is a hardworking single mom, an OK Parent Award. After she read it carefully she gave me a big hug of appreciation and said it really meant a lot to her and she thought all parents could benefit from it. Supportive bureaucracy is helping people by reminding them that they are human and deserve to be acknowledged every day"
Daniel Weise, Creative Director, Thundercut
"Ori Alon is one of the most ethically responsible and deeply convincing skeptics since Jon Stewart. His ECN is as if the The Daily Show opened a branch of government."
Jean Marc Superville Sovak, social entrepreneur artist
"I've enjoyed having a tangible item to pull out and give to my clients after a very serious therapy session about their present and past challenges. I love having a resource for people to validate themselves when they feel written off by the world. A certificate, refurbished report card, or even a sticker can also be a nice transitional object and subtle reminder to the individual that it's going to be ok."
K.N., clinical social worker
“I love having a Forgiver’s License in my wallet. Whenever I look at it, it reminds me not to take things personally and to overlook potential insults. It’s my job to forgive others and to forgive myself when I forget to forgive others. That’s what having a Forgiver's License means to me.”
Herb Levine, teacher of Mussar, Jewish ethical mindfulness.
"Alon's White Men Registry helped me develop more compassion and empathy towards white men, which doesn't come naturally to me"
52 years old Latino male, NY
"My high school diploma, driver’s license, passport actually say nothing real about me. Imagine Vincent Van Gogh’s passport or the Rosa Parks driver’s license. You have an opportunity by engaging ECN documents to arrive at a document that comes mighty close to who you really are and in your own eyes to boot.”
Andrew Courtney, activist, Middle East dreamer
Had such a great time with friends of the @opositivefest in Kingston NY this evening! Congratulations on opening a new #EmpoweringClerksNetwork branch! Was so glad to provide you with some basic training. Good luck serving the people of Ulster County with #Playfulpaperwork services!! #Joypermit #centerforsupportivebureaucracy
A photo posted by @supportive_bureaucracy_center on
Ori has presented his work at the RNC & DNC, Clearwater Festival, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Dr. Patch Adams’ Clowntown Healing Fest in Phoenix, AZ, Poughkeepsie Day School, the Harvey School, Eden Village Summer Camp, Art in Odd Places Festival, Mishkan Shalom Synagouge in Philadelphia and many other occasions. So far Ori and dozens of registered and undocumented Empowering Clerks have issued and distributed more than 100,000 official documents.