wales actions video
I just uploaded a video of some of the actions, and some installation shots, from the Ghana Think Tank in Wales.
1. A large number of people have no concept of social interaction with
other passing strangers. They look through you, or worse at you like
you're something they've trodden in, with disgust and bitter
2. There are too many empty shops on every street.
3. To many Liberals allowing immigrants to live and spunch of hard
working people kick them out.
4. The psychiatric system in Wales neglects its patients. The hospital
feels like a prison ‐ nobody ever invites patients to talk.
5. There seems to be a perception that older people are a burden to
6. The pavements are very uneven which makes walking in high heels
1. The solution could be seminars on the subject ‘human relations’. You can use slogans like ‘ smile is not so hard thing to do’ or ‘its not so hard to be polite , giving flyers to people always with smile. You can also do short public performance related with the subject at the main squares .
2. Give the shops to the students who have creative and innovative ideas and who can make some own products and put them in the shops. Products should be interesting for the people and attract them, their attention. They can also try find more interesting way to sell them and make some money from which they can pay the (symbolic) rent.
3. Put the immigrants and domestic workers in the same working conditions. Find a same job for both immigrant and domestic workers, giving them the same things to do, the same salary, if its possible arrange that they spend most of the free time together
4. You can do several things here ; educate employees explaining to them the importance of conversation with patients with psychological disability, send psychiatrists who will try to find solutions for the problems or try to form a group( s) who will go once a week in the hospital(s) and talk with patients giving them small presents every time just to cheer them out.
5. Make public debate in which young people will give the flayers to all with the inscription 'I am old and you will be too'. Tell the people that they shouldn’t think only about the present but also about future. How will they react if they are in the same situation and other people think they are burden to society.
6.Put the sign on the payments like’ do not wear high heels on this pavement’ or make one side of the pavement (very even) in straight line which can be used by persons( women) with a high heels.
Solving the problems of Wales
"Sazmanab Project" think-tank
1. To solve the communication problem of the Welsh, we came up with a couple of solutions. The main issue all these resolutions point to is that we should find the basic common interests between people. This will be act as a strong foundation for all the resolutions we have to offer.
- We thought that the main reason why people are unable to communicate is their fear of being so much different from others. This led us to the idea of designing and making T-shirts all carrying the owners' smiling portraits. Imagine you're walking down the street, seeing a serious neighbor passing you by everyday. Everytime you see him/her you think to yourself "How on earth would I ever communicate with this frowny ol' face?" Now the next day, you see the same person wearing a T-shirt with his/her smiling face on it. This image will make it a lot easier for you to imagine the person in a casual easy mood. You'll definitely feel a lot more comfortable breaking the ice with him/her.
- As the second resolution, we thought of a little social game in which a small sign –a wristband or a small piece of body language- in one passenger invokes a certain social interaction in the other passenger. This could be a smile, a simple "Hi!" or such.
2. To encourage people to fill up the empty shops, we thought of the following solutions:
- Adding a little bonus feature to that certain shop. Imagine a shop selling clothes, which offers a unique little refreshment on the side. This will be like the old saying "Come for the clothes, stay for the lemonade".
- We also came up with a discount system that does not necessarily rely on purchase, but it relies on frequent visits of citizens. The system works like this: we create a chain of shops each offering a discount card on each visit. If you collect cards from Shop A, B, and C, you will get a discount in Shop D.
3. The question was very vague, so we could not offer any solutions.
4. The basic concept for the solutions in this section is to encourage the patients to express their inner thoughts. So we thought of:
- Putting up a blackboard in the hallway of the hospital which functions as a message board. On this board all the patients and staff can write what they want weather it's their present status or a sentence they like. Other patients and the staff will possibly reply to what the former person has written and then this will turn into a dialogue between the patients and the patients. The nurses will face the thoughts of their patients and possibly respond to them. This type of communication could also be made virtually through Twitter.
- A group of artists can talk to the patients about different matters whether public or personal and then create a piece of art using the views of different patients mixed with their owns. The art form (whatever the media is) can be presented to the staff and other patients and possibly out of the hospital.
5. What connects people with the elderly is to understand that they were once young and did what the young generation do or maybe worse. So we could invite a group of elderly to write their memories of the past , focusing on their sexual memories. We call it "Funny Dirty Memories" and this could be shared with others through the internet and on a web log.
- We could create a red carpet path at some pavements with a "High Heels Only" sign at it in intervals.
- We could also put up some "No High Heels Passing" signs at very uneven pavements.
Anita Esfandiari, Bijan Moosavi, Makan Ashkwari, Mani Nilchiani, Sohrab M. Kashani and Tara Fatehi Irani from Tehran, Iran.
Photo documentation of the project was done by Poolad Javaher Haghighi.
Sazmanab Project / September 2009