Invisible President: Taking the local social system into one’s own hands. I aim to recondition.

Taking the local social system into one’s own hands.  I aim to recondition.

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The invisible posting was written in bold text:   Help Wanted! A designer for a “new social system.”    What really needs to be placed in the classified ads is assistance for leadership whose work for this state falls short of loving and valued.  Take housing issues for example, where mass media branding of “persons without housing” created “homelessness,” and stigmatization and even psychological problems that could kill those in distress.  The help arrives not before it’s too late, but once one is out on a limb, with no one and nothing and resorting to shelters like the Delonis Shelter in Ann Arbor or being directed to camp grounds outside in the woods.  It is as if our current leadership decided our people just weren’t worth it, or if they could not step to the plate correctly and with financial projections- to exit.  “People without housing” is what needs to be reconditioned after Ann Arbor, particularly hostile directed its citizens to camp grounds outside in the woods when without housing, where many died.  What I aim to recondition is never to say “the homeless person,” but to say the person without housing or having a temporary housing issue.  It’s kind of like the disease branding and how that devastated so many people to be addressed as a disease title like “schizophrenic.”  People should in that case-I aim to recondition-say a person suffering with the illness of schizophrenia and never, never a schizophrenic as if that were his modus operandi complete.  Strange titles lead people to believe that people are fundamentally those things, when actually they are not.

It dawned on me that what we chiefly need first are good designs and to promote those designs and begin to manifest and implement something new and I felt strangely capable by even caring, even as a humanitarian and recognized that our current leadership may not be aware or qualified to grip the problem.  We could use Statisticians.  We could use formula designers and architects to lay a new template.  Should you feel capable to redesign our social system, I welcome your designs.  We need new designs and very often we can figure out what organizations we need and start to chart a course.  It would be great to do research and make a speech to University of Michigan Business School or Eastern Michigan University Certified Non Profit Professionals (CNP) about where our holes are in this community for future graduates to build businesses or organizations around.  There are many ways to start to bridge those gaps and chart a new course but we need to give up accepting the status quo.  There is a proverb, “no bad-better,” meaning not to criticize but to replace with a solution.  Sometimes revolutionaries will build another one next to it.

The solution should be within our ideal minds-for example not the woods, or a warming center, or on the floor, but perhaps an ideal, in an apartment, with a grant or basic human account, or in a hotel or transitional housing, but not what we currently have-woods, warming center, floors and inhumanity.  We need to value ourselves more. We need to make the system we want.  We don’t need the aftermath of once they have closed all the programs and likely reallocated the programs monies and left us with this pitiful social system where everyone feels shame to walk through the door.  We need a social system that is humane, in touch with the needs of our population, includes a “net” for us when we are falling, one for which we can be proud and not experience stigma or shame.  We can place a ban on birthing, until we have established a social system, reconditioned ourselves and have “value to man.”

 

 

Humanitarianism is always good

Humanitarianism is always good

Things that may not register immediately

Become evident later in life

As if there were some life tallying

You can live unknowingly “positive” in people

 

 

 

(Dedicated to Michigan Sports Teams who have continuously supported the community.  Give to your local sports teams foundation who tend to support all the smaller teams)

 

 

 

 

 

You build it, you make it

You build it, you make it

By, Afua Osei-Bonsu

The abstract manufacturer that desires for example “peace” and comes to realize that peace has tangibility, you can build it, and you can make it.  Other things are tandem with peace like humanity becomes also something tangible that you build and make or a community builder-tangible, you build and make it. Even science often concerned with the search for discovery and the study of the natural world at times could use a build/make formula-if it is necessary one does not need to look for it, but to create it fresh.  Caring, you build it, you make it.  Values you build them, you make them.  Quality, you build it, you make it.

 

 

Invisible President: Stop Birthing Babies Until There is Value to Man, a Prior Letter to an Editor

“Stop Birthing Babies

Until There is Value to Man”

 

Dear Editor,

In response to your article in Tuesday February 18ths, 2016  paper, “City’s Homeless Struggle to Cope with Cold,” this reader feels citizens should stop birthing babies until there is value to man.  Washtenaw County needs to place a greater value on its citizens above tents in the winter and beyond shelters as a solution.  I propose the government work on “valuation” of its citizens and provide as a birthright a “Basic Human Package” that includes a financial account and other items such as a dictionary at birth.

There is a need to put into place steps before this kind of dissolution when the people start to spill out into the streets.  The citizens should really start to realize that action is needed even for one person sleeping outdoors but in this county it has become the norm.  When the leaders do not call a state of emergency when their citizens do not have housing or even food sometimes it’s time to impeach.  One answer, which may be one of the only answers, is to value man and offer each citizen a constant prosperity.  Without a base income all citizens are in danger.  Illness is precarious, jobs are precarious, housing is precarious but a “Basic Human Account” should be a constant fixture that stabilizes mankind.

This citizen wishes to responsibly address the media to find the steps before and after.  What needs to be done to execute a base income, perhaps the first of man’s prosperous condition?  This citizen would like to chart from this moment to the moment a Basic Human Package could exist.  I called the Governor one time and emailed his website a day I had no food and was between jobs and got no response.  Washtenaw County and Michigan may be slim on emergency prevention and response, care of citizens and valuation is low.  I called the mayor of Ypsilanti to find out if he had any provision for citizens who may not have food and he gave me the number to our prior Congressman, who never responded.

It is as if Michigan has no real scaffolding of a Social System.  Even the Mayor might redirect your call and the Gov. may not pick up.  I have listened previously to Presidential campaigns and never heard Social System mentioned.  I think it was Eisenhower that feared the streets filling up with homeless and built housing projects and created Social Security and DHS. Is this really what the citizens of Michigan want as their Social System?

The current charitable organizations may be to arbitrarily assisting people and this system however beneficial may not be the real solution.  I plan to run for office maybe 20 years from now but I’ll start right now campaigning for a “Basic Human Package,” that I think would end homeless, increase intelligence, make us more beautiful, healthy and peaceful.

Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Letter to The Editor

 

 

Invisible President: An Analysis of Unpaid Labor in Washtenaw County and Unpaid Labor in General

An Analysis of Unpaid Labor in Washtenaw County and Unpaid Labor in General

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A student wishing to build their resume with volunteer work or humanitarian service may elect as an option, an unpaid position.  Unpaid positions can be extremely valuable for professional development and even status greater than an employee.  What can ultimately happen to a student or anyone signing on to an unpaid position is the assignment to themselves of a zero wage which may elicit disrespect from peers or other paid workers. There is a case where a volunteer at a theater working alongside paid workers was called a “slave,” which is true of a theater in Ann Arbor. In this case the volunteers felt prestige for service work and the employees felt superiority as wage earners.

Some businesses may have the majority of their work force unpaid and be completely reliant on unpaid labor. Even when working unpaid, “thank you’s” may be hard to come by.  People will in fact look down on you when you are working without a wage.  Will you even get a reference from an unpaid position?  Will they even remember your name? Should there be a record of your employment and a reference required? Should references always be required for every position?

In some instances disrespect extends to consultants and employees who use “two voices” for management and unpaid workers. 

Many managers show a “lack of interest in paying” their employees. Payment for some managers is not their priority and barely on their radar.  A paid worker may represent a threat and upset the hierarchy?  The lower you are, the higher they feel, the less you receive, the more sushi for them.

Unpaid labor also becomes cumbersome in discussions of salary history with potential employers who may view them as a low-pay or even an unpaid equivalent.  Unpaid labor is still further cumbersome in the presence of rampant racism and historical slavery.  There is no requirement that an internship, for example be unpaid, the good ones tend to pay.

How do positions come to be unpaid? Unpaid positions may represent a kind of theft.

Just because they didn’t pay, doesn’t mean they still don’t owe. There are several options including:  the department of labor, invoicing, collections agencies or starting your own collections agency, put it on their credit report and give them a rating, harassing phone calls, threatening letters, a lawyer, a blog, government, report to news/press, racism registries with state and local government or your own, setting up your own law firm, arbitration and binding contracts, speaking in legal terms and citing infractions, public letters, out of business strategies, replacing business in your community, researching legal cases on Linux and the internet, keeping a journal, or calling the police to report theft, filing a police report or opening an “Office of Pain and Suffering” that will replace your money.

A brief sampling of Washtenaw County produced a variety of unpaid positions such as internships, docents, board members, student groups, volunteer work, student jobs, independent fundraising, starting your own business, advocacy work, consulting,  film festivals, art festivals, fashion studios, start-ups, non-profits, family businesses, searches on student employment websites and we may also include minimum wage labor as labor that is barely paid or not equivalent.

What generally happens in some cases is one person has paid themself and neglected to pay the rest of the staff, sometimes pursuing interns or volunteers.  Other times in the cases of university faculty and staff, all receive departmental budgets and often neglect to spread their budget across all employees. Unpaid labor presents a “larger piece of the pie” for someone else and perhaps overall savings or profit for the department or company.

Very often it is a failure of management to identify proper funding channels or to value others as they do themselves.  The management may reach as high as the American government that may not have considered the trials of non-profits who fill the variety of holes in the American social system when planning their budgets.  Very seldom will the national or local governments be inclusive of local businesses that serve their communities in their budgets and should.

The downfall of a community with an abundance of unpaid labor is that it indicates something about that community.  It may present evidence of poor leadership, inadequate business skills, racism, and misappropriation of funds and may even be a huge crack in the wall.  Internships may save a company money and may appear to be a win-win situation but other factors may show that accepting a low wage for your work may create devaluation of mankind and in the workplace, presenting long term obstacles.

Some people are too self-centered to be good managers and employees may find that their portion of the payroll exists in managements personal accounts.  Ego, sexism, racism, ignorance may perpetuate a belief in someone’s mind that he/she has a value that others do not hold or a need that others are not worthy.

What should be brought into policy and law is an equivalent wage.  For example it may be necessary if you have been offered a job to tally the various tasks to see if your hourly wage is adequate to cover the amount of responsibility.  Perhaps America has devalued its people and disrupted work by electing a minimum wage, not to fall below as opposed to an equivalent wage to match.  It can be terrifying to receive a minimum wage that is not in keeping with the economy.  After a while, the people start to spill out into the street, when the economies go long term unbalanced.

Possible solutions government needs to take could be a thorough analysis of businesses under their umbrella to see which of those need government support or to possibly pay all wages from the government to stabilize business and society. The Federal Reserve doesn’t represent a small budget but an arbitrary budget that should also match the budgetary needs of  the country-not what is often said by officials that there is not enough in the budget or the budget is running out-a fallacy.

It may be necessary to institute an “Office of Fee Inquiry” that sets wages, prices, rents etc. to create a unilateral approach to employment etc. and balance the economy.  Very often subtle changes, even new landlords upset the local economy and may create social problems.  Long term neglect of employees also creates social problems.  People make economic decisions all the time unmonitored and uncaring of their impact on a community. Where in that chain can be inserted supervision? Someone may move to Ann Arbor from New York, get into rentals and gauge an aggregating increase in rents and destroy the town.

How does money get into the proper hands, how do budgets get properly allocated, how do we start to make this area inhospitable to racism? At universities students can often be added to payroll or placed into a budget somewhere.  The necessary caring doesn’t exist for enough management to show concern for their constituencies lives. Perhaps a gravitation away from hierarchal business strategies can be replaced with social models.  There are many things that could be solutions to the problems created by unpaid labor.

It is strange, it is as if shoes exist for an  unpaid job.  What was it like for example, to work in the south after slavery? Employers who do not pay adequately become stigmatized as well as position histories.

Watch out, for example for poorly planned positions and vacuous position titles which may indicate a workplace where management is ill equipped and uncaring.  Positions such as “intern” or “office assistant,” may represent jobs bearing poor designation  or “unspecified labor” and offered for a lower wage.  Positions should have titles, be well crafted, and with equivalent wage.

We as a people need to reexamine our current business models and address schools of business to plan new strategies. Hierarchal business models are obsolete. We must be entering a new era, where it’s time for caring and time for sharing of wealth.

 

 

An Approach to Art Making #1

An Approach to art making can include diverse formulae. One such formula may root an art work in “research.” A body of research may form the foundation of an art work. A “rich” art work may result from a body of research.  Research may need to employ writing, to develop the art work or art works.  Without writing, it is difficult to have the dialog one needs to be engaged with an art work-before and after the art work. Research may also involve data collection or formal methods employed by scientists in, for example social methods or qualitative methods or quantitative research methods. An artist may also utilize methods in investigative journalism.

A second road may be a formula such as “Quepine (QPN),” Question, Proverb and News. Quepine can be a divine formula for beauty or knowledge or beauty from knowledge. Quepine is a formula that may result in sacred art works and make an artist wise. Quepine can root a subject matter in history by attaching it to news. News is history. Giving a subject history gives it depth and a road to travel on in time.  News has been a theme in art for along time.  News is used in wax print textiles, art, and music of certain cultures, especially African cultures, who may name a baby or feature a notable from the news.  In some of African music, the news may be right in the music. A small rural village, may become reliant on musicians to convey the news to the people via songs.  Also, some art schools, taught “news” as a way of plucking from current events, subjects relevant to the human condition as was done by a student colleague from the Parisian E’cole de Beaux Arts.  Human condition is not exclusive to the news, but it is a worthy method.  Human Condition was taught, perhaps, as a notch from existentialism and existentialism is perhaps “the root of art.”

Why this writer believes that existentialism is “the root of art”  is the relationship to “art” of the word in “Crackiola,”  “are-tea,” or  “our essence” or the “I AM” which was used by many super computers and by the Chinese Manufacturers.  The English language breaks down into codes and root systems.  Secondly, many crucial areas in art are easily organized around existentialism or the “I AM,” such as history, human condition, social, observational, humanitarian and so on.  Drawing, painting, sculpting and photography etc. may all be existential.

-Existentialism

“Planning” may also be something that architects utilize to build houses and could be a word that artists need. This writer was explained how an architect may have a very detailed and specific set of plans to build an exact design precisely and swiftly with all the electrical outlets etc. An artist may make “plans.” An art work based on plans may have an interesting result that is often mechanical or electrical or structural. Computer Aided Drafting may be utilized.

Recently, this writer was asked “what are your goals?” and “how will you design your studio?” right after. It was asked in a sewing class and functioned like an epiphany, the student began to develop this wild list of “sewing goals.”

If one picked up a good newspaper or a selection of newspapers and thought about say for example “world peace” or integrated social elements into ones goals their studio may take a different turn. What if one had an “umbrella” under which they were working from? An artist’s umbrella.

-Goals

– Studio Design

-Umbrella

“Technique” is the fourth road. Technique provides endless possibility. Most art schools provide students with strong technique backgrounds, which always serve an artist.  An artist may choose to  hinge their art work on a technique and be infinite within it.  Technique can be powerful when coupled with for example, “history.” Students of art may also embark on an existential path that explores diverse techniques.

“Studies” are another road that was used in Nikolai Gogol’s book “Diary of a Madman.” Studies can provide a context for future works or larger works or thumbnails or for manifestation.  With studies, one may take it apart in many ways, to ascertain many diverse things. Studies may lead to problem solving or product design or anything in the realm of possibility. Studies may serve government and help people to bridge gaps and jump over fences. In Gogol’s book, “Diary of a Madman,” his main character was engaged in studies and posted an ad in the newspaper to solicit clients for his portraiture.

-Research

-Quepine

-Planning (as in Architecture)

-Technique

-Studies

In the presence of writing an art work can literally fall- “when it falls.” When one is writing a book, for example and illustrating pages, drawings are easily pulled from text.

However, most art works are “site specific.” An artist can search for a locale, build a locale or create a site specific work of art.  Recently an artist went to plan an exhibition and recognized this phenomenon- that in fact an art work is almost always “site specific.” Or an art work can be adapted to a space and remade.

Another intersection I find very meaningful is “custom design,” for the artist and for the designer.  Custom design, commissions and site specific art works, bare a relationship. There is a necessity in art to think about space.

Custom Design may be very relevant to artists who in turn may pursue credentials from multidisciplinary design programs such as “MDP” in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.  Custom design may involve manufacturing, technology or systems design mixed with art works. For example “Church Pop,” may be installed in a house or perhaps a fiber art wall installation or a sound system. An artist may need to be an engineer. An artist’s ability to manifest their ideas has often been incongruent. But the creativity of an artist may place on paper, a vision for an entire city or even in exhibition unveil viable ideas to solve the world’s problems.

-When it falls

-Site Specific

-Custom Design

Or in the Middle East it has been said, to employ “finery techniques,” that “fine art should be fine.”  In the Middle East it is commonplace for a lot of people to reside in palaces, which would further create a desire for finery, or art that is compatible with the local architecture.

At Central Academy of Fine Art in China, they are painting birds and flowers-not exclusively. It was said to me by a Chinese Artist that “birds are always beautiful.” If you choose a beautiful subject, the result is almost always beautiful.

-Finery

Art Relevant Juncture has also to do with relevance itself. It was said to this artist that she has a “relevant” art work. That “the more relevant, perhaps the better the art,” was said by someone from the University of Michigan.

Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

(Excerpt from “Art Relevant Juncture,” by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu based on her research about art.

An Analysis of World Peace

An Analysis of World Peace

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu   2/28/2016

To really dedicate oneself to the pursuit of world peace requires deep inquiry. Perhaps scholarship within a university setting for peace and conflict resolution is warranted to pursue a peace strategy. One woman described thoughts of lakes, shorelines, and forests as an alignment with a peaceful thought-that peace can be born through creative visualization. Or is that another peace? So “lakes” mean peace. You can say lake, then think of a lake and find peace.

When one thinks of peace, on the one hand, has meant to resolve conflict, or calm unrest. There are relevant ways to think of peace that involve the promotion to people, of peaceful lifestyles or offering peaceful thoughts.

Think of a classroom for example. One woman was at a “Bright Futures” encounter at a Romulus High School and was asked “how would you calm an unruly class?” Her response would be to speak in a soft voice and ask the class to meet her there. Isn’t it interesting how voices align? If one person speaks softly to another person, they will meet them at their soft level and in turn speak softly.

However, it goes deeper than that, how to instill peace in youth. I read online that if one speaks harshly or curses that very often a threshold has been crossed that often results in violence. If there is a loud voice present it’s often followed by hitting or intense violence.

Diversity may also impact peace. It has been said, that a lack of diversity in astrological sign can impact cooperation. Too many similar signs or alpha signs can cause friction when power is pursued. When goals or ideas are not answered, power splinters and new groups form. Or perhaps if one is not made the leader they find another formula for leadership by self appointment within their own organization. This is one possible scenario that relates to the creation of many groups associated to “terrorism,” that may just be “groups,” in fact, with ideas and goals that went unanswered.

Some groups currently targeted by the media may be “scarecrows” to divert shrewd and ruthless business people or predators away from wealthy communities. What appears to be bellicosity may be posturing to avoid conflict or deter theft.

If one were to really sit down one day and decide to pursue “world peace” what could become analysis or goals and what kinds of areas would provide training?

One recent interview with a former Nazi unveiled that he loved war and has partaken in both the Holocaust and Slavery and many, many other wars. He said that he pursued some wars for financial gain and due to his love of the” technologies” associated to war. People who war actually really love the by products from war. Some warriors even love the history created by war. Some people really, really like war. Some may be attracted to what they call “reddest.”

We are not just fighting humans who love war; we are fighting their super computers. Is it possible to change or rehabilitate someone who loves war?

There is evidence for what creates peace, and scant evidence for what will really conclude war. We can keep on increasing peace and diminishing wars power to grow. But war has warriors and something has to done about the warriors. It has been said that the chief warrior in the world is brain damaged.