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
Ori Alon is a participatory performance and street artist. He performs and interact with diverse populations on a regular basis, in schools, conferences, workshops and at national events like the Republican and Democrat National Conventions, the Women's March and other events. He is offering various Playful Paperwork services he developed such as Joy Permit, Forgiver's Licence, Apology Declaration, Letter Writing Station, Racism Release Form, Adults Special Achievement stickers, Refurbished Report Cards, Uncle/Aunt Adoption documents, Kids Free-Play Admission Tickets, Pain Deeds, Loving & Liable Entity (LLE) certifications, Happiness Insurance cards, Open Carry permits for musical instruments, True Friend Diploma, OK Parent Award and other official documents.
Alon 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 Synagogue in Philadelphia and many other occasions. So far Ori and dozens of registered and undocumented Empowering Clerks have issued and distributed more than 2000,000 official documents.
In his talk Alon will present his numerous interactive street art projects such as the ECN, the Hidden Fortune Wheel and Alternative Street Signs and his postage stamps comics series featuring Hitler & Stalin and Hendrix & Lincoln.
In the White Men Registry, Alon’s recent work, women and people of color were offered to become allies to white men and give them love and compassion in their daily struggle with greed, guilt, discriminatory tendencies and difficulty in expressing vulnerability. Alon will talk about the polarized, accusatory and extreme responses to the performance and discuss the possibility of making political art that is not within the party line.
Listen to Zoketsu Norman Fischer, one of the leading Buddhist teachers in the US talks about the Empowering Clerks Network.
Like Supportive Bureaucracy and Playful Paperwork? Invite the ECN to offer Compassionate Office Hours at your community!!