Raphie Frank :: business artivist

A Letter to Ashoka.org Re: Ana Crisan & Chris Gardiner

A LETTER FROM SOENKE BEHNSEN TO ASHOKA.ORG

Dear Sir or Madam,

May I kindly draw your attention to this urgent call (see below) I received through one of my contacts in Toronto, Ana Crisan, being member of the international photo community, flickr.com, who herself lived on the streets of Toronto several years ago.

My name is Dr. Soenke Behnsen. As a german physician and psychiatrist who works with homeless people in the city of Cologne, Germany, I know very well about their circumstances of living. As an ashoka supporter since almost two years, I am convinced that ashoka’s strategy is the only to change the world in a creative and sustainable way. Moreover, ashoka network is a powerful community of international solidarity and support for its members.

Maybe you’ve already heard about this forthcoming eviction. Mr. Gardiner created himself a “home” under a bridge in nice toronto, which should be protected and respected.I don’t know if you are in partnership with organizations working with homeless people in Toronto, but I suppose you are.

As an international problem of poverty and social handicap, homelessness is to be handled both in a political and individual way. I think it should help to find a good solution for this citizen of Toronto by drawing public attention on this forthcoming eviction and make it a topic for public discussion. This could be a ‘bottom-up’ strategy for fighting homelessness, showing one-to-one solidarity and finding solutions for people in your neighbourhood, and showing vivid citizen partnership to these individuals, whilst discussing homelessness in a socio-critical way.Thank you very much for any further help on this topic. I admire your ‘volunteer now’ project and wish you all the best.

Sincerely and with best regards,
Dr. Soenke Behnsen
Cologne, Germany
Visual Thinking (website)
Flickrstream

Ashoka
www.ashoka.org/
Their Mission is to Build A Competitive Citizen Sector

July 2, 2006 - Posted by | Business, Economics, Politics

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  1. […] —————————————————————————————————————————— To Mysti2 in London: Why Ana Crisan’s (Spirited_Away) fight against “Homes to Houses” matters… It’s a story, Mysti. It’s a story of hope and redemption and overcoming fear to fight for what you believe. It’s LIFE, Mysti. That’s why you can’t just simplify it. There are a thousand different angles because Ana is a microcosm of the best in us all. Let her down now and I think we let all of ourselves down. Because we are all connected and we are all points of light in a universe otherwise far, far too dark… (more) —————————————————————————————————————————— Why Change Never Happens :: Lack of Conversation… (more) —————————————————————————————————————————— Mayor David Miller & The Dalai Lama A Letter from Dr. Soenke Behnsen of Cologne, Germany, to the Toronto Mayor I have visited your website, and recognized that you met His Holiness the Dalai Lama two years ago. I have had the great honour to meet him, too, as a former representative of the protestant church of cologne, several years ago. I totally agree with his statements, published at his public talk at the SkyDome in Toronto, April 25, 2005, “the power of compassion”, and several times in his countless speeches, he took the view that we have to support any own initiative of poor people to organize themselves… (more) —————————————————————————————————————————— Trickle Up Economics (aka “The One Song”) It’s simple, Ana. Blindingly simple. It’s Economics 101. There is a short supply of heart and spirit in the world and we can create a market for it.; and it all begins with an honest convesation. We can do it just like Enron created a market for electricity in California (ask me, if you don’t understand!). But Enron did it for the wrong reason, GREED, and we do it for the right reason, LOVE. And we all know that greed without spirit amounts to about as much life force as a hole without the doughnut. around it… (more) —————————————————————————————————————————— A Letter From Dr. Soenke Behnsen to Ashoka.org The Ashoka.org Mission is to Build A Competitive Citizen Sector Maybe you’ve already heard about this forthcoming eviction. Mr. Gardiner created himself a “home” under a bridge in nice toronto, which should be protected and respected.I don’t know if you are in partnership with organizations working with homeless people in Toronto, but I suppose you are. As an international problem of poverty and social handicap, homelessness is to be handled both in a political and individual way. I think it should help to find a good solution for this citizen of Toronto by drawing public attention on this forthcoming eviction and make it a topic for public discussion. This could be a ‘bottom-up’ strategy for fighting homelessness… (more) —————————————————————————————————————————— more available here: HELP ME GROUP :: http://www.flickr.com/groups/help_me/ ANA’S PIC :: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73752718@N00/172653646/ ALONE IN A CROWD :: boojummy.blogs.friendster.com/snipehunter/2006/04/alone_i… —————————————————————————————————————————— […]

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