Raphie Frank :: business artivist

Re: Usage of “Use”

senseless” courtesy of Dysamoria

[Friend], I’m just going to make one point in response: Human emotional/psychic etc. exchange is as much a fact of life as money exchange and time exchange. We ALL “use” one another. It’s the lie that we don’t that traps us. But it’s a framing issue, [friend] and it’s really a bit negative and disingenuous. Switch out “benefit” for “use” and acknowledge that “benefit” is a reasonable expectation to receive for doing good and you flip it all around.

It’s a trap. Just another one of the many we put ourselves into. It makes it difficult to do the right thing because then the second you receive “benefit” for doing good you are accused of having “used” someone.

We DISINCENTIZE doing the right thing when we should be INCENTIVIZING it…

ALSO, you have to think about it in terms of power dynamics. Those with power need less — they are more independent — and therefore have less incentive to NOTICE or CARE. It’ not bad or good. It’s just the way it is. What I believe we should be doing is creating a culture where it’s okay to ask UP to power, but also okay to say “no” And where those with power give freely to those without with the implicit proviso that if THEY also succeed they’v also got to “pay it forward.”

What I take issue with is the dynamic that actually and reasonably places those with power into a position of equal if not more distrust and suspicion than those with less power. All of this need not be money related, but here is an interesting link on Wikipedia re: class envy…


June 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The New Capitalists: Is it possible to make money and really make a difference?

Goin all NIKE on Ya!    ;))   4 Raphie Frank*

by Joseph Hart, Utne magazine :: May / June 2006 Issue

If you are one of the 8 percent of American consumers who refuse to shop at Wal-Mart for ethical reasons, you might want to pop some valerian tablets before you read on.


Wal-Mart: ethical leader. Wal-Mart: environmental steward. Wal-Mart: socially responsible corporation.

If you didn’t hurl the magazine across the room, consider the following: In 2004 Wal-Mart established a “global ethics office” to enforce 10 principles, including to “never manipulate, misrepresent, abuse, or conceal information” and “never act unethically — even if someone else instructs you to do so.” Employees have access to a confidential hotline to report abuses.

The New Capitalists: Is it possible to make money and really make a difference? more

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Business | Leave a comment


Off-Guard” courtesy of the absurdly talented Mattijn

June 26, 2006 Posted by | Photography, Politics, Storytelling | Leave a comment

Alone In a Crowd

Imaginary girl” by Ana Crisan

To Mysti2 in London: Why Ana Crisan’s (Spirited_Away) fight against “Homes to Houses” matters…

Another song from the collegiate archive…

All alone in a crowd
Under a misty shroud
Like teardrops in my eye
But I never, never can cry

Help me please, help me out
What is it all about?
I need to know right now, right now

I am so confused I know
I need to laugh, I need to cry
I need to cry but I don’t know how

Look at me, look about
All the people yell and shout
But they don’t know why, don’t try
To understand
Help me cry
I need to cry

I am lost, I am found
I am going round and round
But I never make a sound

Go away, no, come to me
Can’t you see, Can’t you please
See that I’m so lonely

Ever feel like that? If so, you’re not alone and you need to know that. This is the world of so, so many out there, and we simply choose not to see or acknowledge it because we our ashamed of our own humanity. We think it weak to need other people. Speaking only for myself, I think the “I don’t need anyone” riff is about the biggest crock of sh*t we’ve got going on this planet.

View Ana Crisan‘s Lonely People pool on Flickr

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Storytelling | 1 Comment


“I Spy” courtesy of Ana Crisan

Do something for Ana because she is afraid and gave me permission on the phone to tell you that. People like her are the reson I write and the reason I fight and the reason I aim to rip a new A**hole the next time somebody tries to tell me people can’t be BETTER. Don’t tell me they can’t when Ana Crisan CAN. She was homeless too and now she is trying to help her friend Chris who authorities are trying to remove from his.

Read the post below… do something, and then LATER…

IMPENDING EVICTION :: Homes To Houses ain’t the way to Clean Up Toronto.

and only after…

Read: Riven Hearts (aka “Why I Write and Why I Fight”)

June 19, 2006 Posted by | Internet, Politics | Leave a comment

URGENT!!! :: HELP ANA HELP CHRIS… [Friendster]

IMPENDING EVICTION :: Homes To Houses ain’t the way to Clean Up Toronto.

CLARIFICATION: Ana does not know exactly when the planned home eviction will take place, but assume it’s soon. Very soon. Ana will be there tomorrow and I hope some Press will be there with her. But I’m going to tell you something. Be gentle with Ana. She is scared and I am trying to help her not be. Screw with her and your screw with me. That’s what I just told her when we spoke on the phone. And believe me, I’m not much fun when I’m mad. I’m a motherfuc*er to behold.

This is Friendster folks. I believe in Ana and Ana believes in Chris…

Please just go to the link above and see what is going on, okay? ill post more here when I get a chance…

ana crisan…
“Please, this is a man that has been living on the
streets for a very long time after a terrible accident. I
met him 8 years ago when I was homeless myself and
living in the same place he is still living now. ..”

And people, PLEASE, don’t start saying nice things about me behind my back. Just DO SOMETHING. Tell SOMEBODY. ANYTHING, but sit there and say “wow, that’s pretty cool. wish I was like that. Okay?


June 19, 2006 Posted by | Internet, Politics | 1 Comment

Drive Thru L.A. :: Pinhole 45 on Flickr

This photo is the work of talented photographer, filmmaker and writer Daryl Furr, my frequent fellow film lighting technician back in the day (i.e. Happiness, Empire) and co-administrator of Flickr’s newest Large Format Pinhole Photography Group Pinhole45, a photo pool, as Daryl puts it “devoted to those crazy enough to use the largest and most expensive film with cameras that don’t even have lenses!”

Take a gander at the group. There are some extremely talented photographers you’ll find there. In the future, Daryl and I will be pleased to highlight some of their work for you here and elsewhere upon the grand old WWW, assuming, of course, that is something that might interest them…

View Daryl’s Furr’s Flickrstream or take a break from the still life and view one or two of his motion graphic videos.

June 15, 2006 Posted by | Photography | 1 Comment

Dollars & Sense :: Why User-Centered Design Matters

Imagine turning on your television to NBC and all you get is snowy fuzz. Better yet, imagine tuning in to NBC, but not only are stripes floating horizontally down the fuzzy screen, but you also have to take discrete, active steps to access the desired program. In essence you have to ask to watch the show you want to watch. But, “golly darn,” you’re thinking, “this is just as hard as trying to get that damn VCR to record back in the old days.”

Eventually, even if it’s a show you really want to see, what’s going to happen is you’re going to get frustrated and turn the channel or even turn the TV off all together and watch a movie, listen to music, go online, or perhaps, even, read a book? A book? This must be serious.

Continue reading

June 14, 2006 Posted by | Business, Design, Internet | Leave a comment

Anthony Bregman: The Business of Passion & The Art of Compromise

You gave a talk a while back entitled The Business of Passion & The Art of Compromise. Now a lot of people have a pretty solid sense when it comes to the idea of compromise as art, but could you flesh out a bit this idea of “the business of passion”?
Well, what we’re doing is… see, it would be a lot easier for any of us to make our living any other way than making movies. But the reason why we’re making movies is because we’re passionate about these stories and we want to see them told. But, ultimately, what we as producers need to do, and its solely with the Producer, because the financers don’t need to get involved with the film, and the filmmakers, the writers and directors, they’re not thinking necessarily – and they probably shouldn’t be – about the economic aspects of the movie.

So, what our job as a Producer is, is to take something that we’re passionate about, a piece of art, a story, and find a financial reason for somebody to put millions of dollars into these stories to see them told. And that applies whether it’s a question of finding the right cast that makes a certain budget work or modulating the story so that it will appeal to a certain segment of the population or bringing budgets down so that we can ignore cast and all that. And these are all business decisions that have to be made in order to make it possible for these stories to be told.

from a Gothamist Interview. Full Interview available on Gothamist or Snipes, Logomancy & So So Psychosis

June 13, 2006 Posted by | Business, Economics, Film, Philosophy | Leave a comment

Dancing With a Ten Year Old Teacher

She told me once beneath the covers as we pretended we were in a cave high up in the mountains about the promise she made herself on her 10th birthday. She remembers it well. There in the vast expanse of that Chelsea loft, just after her friend’s mother berated her for dancing on the Art — oversized minimalistic bubble-ized clear plastic Art that would go to the museum the week following. It was there she said to herself “Don’t ever forget how much you know right now that people don’t know you know. Don’t ever underestimate a kid.” I imagine her smacking her pink tutu with a pout and giving a little “harrumph.”

Another time that same year, summer of 1982, on the roof with her father as the amber sun went down behind the blackened outlines of Empire State Building, she said “Remember this moment and don’t ever forget it. Don’t ever tell your kid she can’t be a dancer.”

She has never forgotten. Her mother thinks it’s because she can’t get past those silly childhood disappointments. I know she remembers them because she never wants to get past them. Because she told herself not to forget. She knew already that the only way to make sense of the world is to know that we must forget how much we actually knew once upon a time. That is what makes her her. I didn’t know her then, but I know that this is what has always made her her. I knew it the moment I met her and the moment I lost her. And I know she’s the same her now as she was then; just a little bit older, a little bit wiser, and a little bit dumber.

May she never grow up in a way that she forgets to see with the eyes of that ten year old. And may she still become the dancer she always imagined. Even if she has to dance in a way she has yet to imagine.

photo “Dress Up!” by Sean Sheridan

June 13, 2006 Posted by | Storytelling | Leave a comment

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