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In first grade I got punished for writingtheyfuckedinastoryinmy

little yellow memo pad. I was trying to describe a naive family movie
scene I saw on TV, got sent to the principals office butwassoscaredI
hid in the bathroom instead. Eventually a shrink stated that I was bored
and should attend second grade. After that experience, I stopped my
creative writing attempts for twelve years. Whatever shame or other
complexes my first grade teacher had around sex,mygoalasanartistis
to politely, publicly and profoundly tell her to go fuck herself,
metaphorically. She and other people like her may pause us from
expressing ourselves, but they will never stop us. To make sure they
dont fulfil their vicious goal, the Center for Supportive Bureaucracy is
dedicated to serve and protect your life path and creative experiences
through various official forms, certificates, declarations and Playful
Paperwork documentation. If you are an Individual Peace Officer (Unit
72D or 338L) youre welcome to use any of these
ideas for your work. The ECN ask institutions who
wish to use these tools to contact usfirstinorderto



I came back to writing during my army service. A miracle happened

suddenly I found myself on an isolated army base in the desert, just me
and an Hermes Baby typewriter, alone in the medic room. It was the
beginning of a complicated, passionate and exciting relationship, the
longest one Ive ever had. I wrote experimental prose and fake army
slogan ads which I posted around the base. Some of them created
destructive tension between me and the sergeant. Though Im a
polygamist when it comes totypewriters,itdidntstopmefrombecoming
one of the worlds most popular matchmakers forwritersandtypewriters,
carrying the message that typewriters have souls. Its hard work that
requires a lot of thought, dedication and patience. Not every match leads
to great writing, but Im proud to say that many of the dozensofmatches
Ive made so fardo.Likeanymatchmaker,Icanttellyoumysecrets.But
I will share with you the most important one pay close attention to the



I enjoy writingletters.Asalittlechildmymomhelpedmetowrite
a letter to the Israeli president. I asked him to stop caraccidents.Asa
soldier I wrote to the Major and asked him why we use M16s when
its against the Geneva Convention. Eventually the art school
headmaster refused to receive my letters and Obama hasnt replied to
me, yet. The Center for Supportive Bureaucracy is constantly training
new clerks who provide the desirable service.Someparticipantsagree
is a booklet collection of some of the letters (The collection is
The letters vary a lot in their subjects. I helped a man with a
behavioral disturbance write a letter to his boss, many letters were
written to the dead and some to thosewhowereabouttobeborn.One
of the letters was written after a frustrating day for me I was waiting
in a coffee shopformanyhours forpeopletousemyserviceandIwas
mostlybymyself,questioningmyartisticpath.Iwas aboutto go home
as a woman approached me and asked for my help. She ended the
letter to her old lover who lives in another country sobbing. She
wanted to keep both copies of the letter and was surprised that I was
totally OK with that. Why are you doing that? she asked me. For

This unique report card was issued to me 7 years agoandisthemost
precious document I have. It was 2am, at the end of a semispontaneous
community art festival at Makhne Yehuda"theWestJerusalemmarket.
We were about to close the event andgohomewhentwoguysshowedup
with a big plastic container and invited people to their "office" (anempty
vegetable stand). They had them sit on produce boxes while they issued
them a new end of the year report card. I wasn't quite sure what I was
getting into, but being drunk and excited for the success of the event, I
went along with it. I dont remember how they introduced themselves,
they asked me if there was any school year that was somewhat hard for
me. I thought about it for a few minutes since I had many bad years in
school, many momentsfullofshame,sadness,lowselfesteemandlackof

true friendships. Eventually I decided to share with them my first grade

Soon after sharing my traumatic episode with them I was issued a
Refurbished Report Card, in which I was described as a wonderful kid,
that no one should disturb from developing exactly as he already is. A
lovely and creative child who is perfectjustthewayheis.Besidesgetting
straight A's in all of the classes (both semesters) I was sent into the next
grade freedom, and I wasn't allowed to attend the class of boredom and
fixedness. I was described as a child who fulfills his huge potential and
that can deal with life challenges in the best waypossible.Igotsentearly
to second grade out of love (and not out of my first gradeteacher'sissues
artwork I've everparticipatedinandIcan'toverstatehowitaffectedmeas
a person, a teacher, a parent and an artist. Yes, art can be serious,
expressive and sad and many other things, but it can also, using very
simple tools, make people happy and empowered and explore the
boundaries between "art", "lovingkindness", "therapy" and "humanity".
I'm not even sure if these two guys considered whattheydidasart(thats
a different conversation), but I would never look at my first grade
experience the same way after revisiting it with them. I don't think I still
have my report card from first grade, but this report card will stay in my
heart forever. Our memory is tricky if we tell ourselves a story many
times, we remember it as if it really happened. If I'd tell myself this
alternative story about me as a child, my mind might consider itareality.
For years I was thinking about that work. I told and wrote about it
many times, trying to figure out the magic component of it. One day a
friend invited me to her studio and gave me an old stamp collection as a
gift. As she pulled it out of the shelf she found another box with blank
certificates and said maybe you can find a use for these. Right away I

thought of the two guys at the market, and a few days later I started
with the participant during a short interview in which I ask the questions
about his or hers qualities in life and areas they deserve recognition for.
Once an Empowering Clerk and an eligible witness sign it and seal it, it

Recently Ms. Teafly, head of the Oregon CSB branch and ECN
Secretary of Design developed a unique Refurbished Report Card for the
ECN. In office hours I issued an RRC to a 60 yearsold to shineadifferent
light on his entire K12 school years experience (it was a very emotional
experience for both of us), one to a 90 yearsold (for his third grade
experience) and an eleven yearsold who is a little stressed at schoolissued
himself a Refurbished Report Card. I made sure his descriptions of himself
are accurate and authorized the document. You can download an RRC and

Many Empowering Clerks (ECs)
around the world are answering
the high demand for recognition.
The CSB distributed hundreds of
Empowering Clerk Starter Kits
(ECSK2.0) with presealed blank
certificates and other official
documents.Youcanorderyoursat Certificates are
available in various languagesand
translations and offer new
services. The Center for
Supportive Bureaucracy is now
offering the G786, the EC
training program, and new Local Empowering Clerks Unit (LECU) are
constantly being established. After you show devotion to the healing
bureaucratic process you will receive a Portable Empowering Clerks Office
(PECO) with your own embosser and fountain pen. The CSB is alsooffering
2 types of Forgivers License
for applicants who pass the
Compassion Exam, form
601(c), Pain Deed, OKParent
Award, True Friend Diploma,
Report Cards, Validation
Tickets and many more

OfficialJoyPermit(JP33) isvalid for 6monthsandcanberenewed


TheForgiversLicense is inspired bythelife storyofHolocaustsurvivor

Mrs Eva Mozes Kor who publicly forgave the Nazis. Class A license
gives permission to forgive oneself and others, Class B is for forgiving
othersonly. Class A+ isforpeoplewhodidanextraordinaryworkraising
humanity Compassion Stats. The Compassion Exam application for a
org. One must be eligible to forgive one or

Page 2 of Form 601(c), the Compassion Exam application for a

Forgivers License Class A of a refugee from Sierra Leone who was a


Various Pain Investment opportunities are available, including savings,


Free Play Admission Ticket. Once a child punch or markalltheactivities,he


Recently the ECNCSB UNITED partnered with the Hudson Valley

Wellness Cooperative to offer a variety of new health related documents
such as the Happiness Insurance Card, NonViolence Prescription Form

I believe writing is sacred. I dont know if we used to write better or
worse before the internet andtextingera,butwedefinitelywritedifferentlyin
these forms. As I started to explore creative writing in English, I found
Facebook and the local parenting yahoo group to be my ideal places to
practice and have an audience. Unlike the common understanding that
Facebook is for cats and politics and parents groups are for nanny
these platforms. It seemed to work, and even my grammer got better during
that process. But after awhile, I felt
that all thiseffortwas lostdownthe
feed, and most likely no one will
ever read it again. I guess its
different when something is
printed, maybe our mind or
subconscious see it differently. I
made the FSB (Facebook Statuses
Booklet), a handmade collection of
my writings on social media
platforms which I send exclusively
via snail mail, with stamped FPs
(Facebook Postcards) for easy
Printing my online musings and brief essays gave me a sense of
validation as a writer. I started to experiment in doing the same to other
writers, each time trying to find the right form for the text. Alfassi Books
FCS (File Converting Service) offers writers to take their most precious
written documents and give them a fresh look with new and excitingformats



Official documents issuing events with the Center for Supportive

Bureaucracy withlicensedEmpoweringClerks.Theworkshopcan fitvarious
audiences including schools, Corporate America, Compassionate America,
faith communities and more. You can also invite the CSB to provide office


ASAS46, Adults Special Achievement Stickers. Available in a restricted


The blood bank and Wikipedia are examples of the gift economy.
Unlike the barter and monetary systems, participants dont expect to
receive any money or product for their contributions, but they do it
Both the Center for Supportive Bureaucracy and the Empowering
Clerks Network are basedonthegift economymodel.Ifyoureceiveda
book or a bureaucratic service,youmaychoosetogivesomethingback
by supporting us in creating new work, or choose another cause youd
like to support with time, money or talent (
also choose to take your time before deciding. Almost 2500 booklets
and sketchbooks were made, about twenty thousands official
documents were issued and hundreds of ECSK2.0 (Empowering Clerk
Starter Kit) and ABCP (Alfassi Books Care Package) were mailed.
Many thinkers state that we must experience other types of less
destructive economies. In the process of distributing my art, many
exchanges were made that didnt involve money or that were done in
order to support good causes around the world. I managedtocovermy
costs and develop new works with the generous help of my audience.
So far the Supportive Bureaucracy Operation System (SBOS7) seems
They say America runs on Dunkin Donuts, and thats why its
slightly heavy, dysfunctionalanddestructive.AlfassiBooksCSBruns
on Karma and on your support. You too can become an ECN
ambassador, by helping to spread the word, subscribe to receive

Alfassi is named after 31 Alfassi St. in West Jerusalem. I used to

live in there for five years together with a great community. Together
we shared friendships, Shabbat meals and roof parties in the beautiful
old Bauhaus building. But eventually the building was destroyed in
order build a new condominium. I chose the name Alfassi so it will
express that special community spirit and bring to life artworks that
celebrate old and new dwelling together in creative ways. We would
love to hear from you, via snail mail (60 Anderson St., Beacon, NY
12508) email ( or Facebook (Center for
Supportive Bureaucracy). Learn more, order and donate so we can


Subscribe to Alfassi Books by sending a postcard with your name, snail mail
address and the word YES in any language to:Alfassi Books, 60AndersonSt.,
on the gift economy model you can either support Alfassi Booksor give some of

of services such as the Forgivers License (Class
A&B,) Certificates of Recognition, Pain Deeds,
Refurbished Report Cards, OK Parent Award, Loving
& LiableEntity certification(LLE), Joy Permits,True
Friend Diploma, Typewritten Letters, Certified
Apology Declarations and more. Our devoted staffof
licensed Empowering Clerks is dedicated to making
people around the world feel good through various
official forms, affidavits, documents and artistic

Ori Alon, founder of the Center for

Supportive Bureaucracy is an artist,
writer, teacher and a parent of three.

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