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Justitch Report

An embroidered impression of  news items on justice and injustice that I collected in December 2014. I started with a rough sketch of the lay-out and free-hand embroidered the report for the next four months.

It was a way to truly pay attention to the news and to stay with the rights and values that are at stake long after the news cycle had moved. It was a practice of bearing witness to the significance of each event for the people involved and for our collective responsibility to pay attention when  justice is at risk, one stitch at a time.

Justitch Report

Justitch Report

The events that I included in the report are:

• The Nigerian girls that have been kidnapped from their boarding school by a terrorist organization. #BringBackourGirls

• The children at their schools from a massacre attack by Taliban fighters in Pakistan.

• A reference to the protests that were sparked by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the activism to call attention to systemic violence and injustice in the interactions between black citizens and police officers.  #BlackLivesMatters

• The reports on enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. #CIA #Torture

• The new dialogue and re-establishing of diplomatic relationships between the United States and Cuba.

• The strain on free speech surrounding the release of the Sony movie “The Interview” after  pressure, attributed to North Korea, on theaters to hold off showing the film.

 

Magna Carta 800 years – embroidery project

The Magna Carta peace treaty has been described as “the greatest constitutional document of all times”. Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third of the text was deleted or substantially rewritten within ten years, and almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British constitution.

Most famously, the 39th clause gave all ‘free men’ the right to justice and a fair trial. Some of Magna Carta’s core principles are echoed in the United States Bill of Rights (1791) and in many other constitutional documents around the world, as well as in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the European Convention on Human Rights (1950).

This year, in 2015, the 800th Anniversary of this visionary document will be celebrated.

Many commemorative projects have been planned. One of them caught my attention, since it seems to be a stellar example of GoodMoodLaw: a large scale embroidery project in which the content of the document will be visualized and through which many people engage with historical legal information. Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art has commissioned British artist Cornelia Parker to produce this major artwork to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.  The first panels look beautiful.

 

This video shows the project as work in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Health – Brown Bag Disclosure Statement

Created for my healing arts practice: a visual version of the mandatory disclosure statement for alternative and complementary health care practitioners in Colorado. The purpose of the Natural Health Consumer Protection Act, Colorado Senate Bill 13-2015,  is to give clients freedom to choose alternative healing modalities to support their health and well-being and provide practitioners a way to share their work and make a living without the need to have a license or formal registration.

 

The law describes which practitioners and practices qualify for the exemption of  a license, and under which conditions. One condition is to provide clients with a written disclosure statement before treatment. The law prescribes the content of the disclosure statement.

Instead of giving my clients the typical ‘medical’ paperwork , I wanted to create something that honors the intention of the law: to be transparent about the nature of the work and the regulatory framework. Instead of just giving them a standard piece of paper, and asking them to sign it at the bottom on the spot marked with a cross, I invite a few minutes of attention and conversation to explain them the statement and the essence of the agreement. Instead of just reducing the signature to a meaningless formality, I want to take my disclosure responsibility seriously and to allow my client to make an informed decision. At that point their signature has real value: awareness and agreement.

Some notes on the design: I chose hand lettering on brown bag paper to emphasize the personal relationship, the organic nature of the services I provide, and to give it a “Whole foods” look-and-feel. When I hand this document to clients and actually go over with them, they look surprised, they like the creative form, they are willing to give the documents a few minutes of attention, and after concluding with a signature we both start the session with a sense of openness and trust. The legal piece of the agreement is not perceived as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to build the relationship.

I created the document as a template, so other practitioners can use it as well by adding their personal information.  A small toolkit will be available soon via this website.

 

SketchVideo – Conscious Contracts

To read or not to read? To sign or not to sign? To empower or to disengage? To envision or to go blind? To win-win or to loose? To engage with the process or to blame the lawyers?

Many business owners will talk about the legal paperwork as something that is beyond their control  ~ a natural force like the weather and the stock prices.
However, the legal aspects of any major business deal can be handled with the same vision and consciousness as all other aspects of conscious or holistic business. It’s a matter of knowing there is an alternative:

1. Watch the video CONSCIOUS CONTRACTS.  

2. Hire a lawyer with an integrative mindset.

3. Add a visual interface for easy interaction and follow up communication in everyday business.

 

I wish you beautiful contracts and successful business transactions!

Illuminated Law – Ketubah inspired legal paintings

Calligraphy and classic illuminations combined with legal documents. I came across this beautiful old-age example of GoodMoodLaw through an exhibition on Ketubah,  illustrated Jewish wedding certificates.  What a great way for people to express how much they care about their agreements!  A contract like this simply can’t be stored in a box. It is an invitation to look at it over and over again, and a friendly reminder of the commitments. What if we would treat our laws and contracts in a similar way?

I played with this idea and painted several formal and informal laws. This one is about one of my favorite laws, from the Open Space Technology principles for meeting facilitation.

 

A shopping bag painting about the Colorado Gift Card Bill ~ Form follows content.

  

A Triptych about the United Nations Resolution on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water – a visual summary of the major provisions of the resolution.

Are you interested in buying the original artwork or a reproduction? Please contact me for more information  – susanne@goodmoodlaw.info/goodmoodlaw.

Goodmoodlawyers

Goodmoodlawyers are

* friends for lawyers with a bad hair day

* friends for people with badmoodlawyers

* mascottes for  everyone engaged in legal matters to bring your best mood to every legal conversation and transaction.

* one-of-a-kind creatures, that I make as a special gift for clients. The first group was a tribe of three. This is the second tribe.

Visual storytelling – Systemic change in legal profession

J. Kim Wright of Cutting Edge Law is leading a growing community and movement of  ‘GoodMoodLawyers’. She is the author of the book Lawyers as Peacemakers.

This spring Kim and I are collaborating on visual storytelling to support her presentations and training about the inspiring theme of Systemic Change in the legal profession. We designed a series of information graphics to highlight the shared values of holistic lawyers, and to give an overview of the many forms and practices in which they transform the legal domain. See and read more ...

This is work in progress, so please keep following this evolution on www.cuttingedgelaw.com.

Visual legal advice

Legal advice has two common forms. The first is a long unreadable memorandum with 80% valuable content and 20% legibility. The second form is a popular column in a magazine with 20% very generic information and 80% of self-promotional value for the lawyer-author.

This article in Metropolis Magazine 09.2010 about copyright protection for design work is a goodmoodlaw exception: On the advice of Counsel.

The article gives a short introduction on five basic categories of copyright protection. Two copyright attorneys then analyzed five design products. The article looks attractive and provides a good basic impression of the legal assessments. One page per design, with an overview of the applicability of each form of legal protection, marked with a plus or a minus sign.

A few years ago, I created a pilot version of a visual legal memorandum for a major financial case. My clients, a team of high end litigation attorneys, thought that the set of information graphics would not be appealing to their clients in the banking industry and would reduce the value and the image of their work. The experiment ended, but the argument survived. I still believe that even top level, highly educated professional clients would welcome legal advice in an accessible format with visual support.  Not in place of the (expensive) complete textual version, but in addition to it.

Smart and busy people need to share legal advice in a nutshell with others who have to act or decide somehow on it. Attorneys can provide inviting visual tools, if they want. Corporate legal counsels can ask for this, if they want. Top level managers can insist on it, if they stop believing that legal information needs to look bad and feel even worse.

A painted privacy policy

One of the small surprises as an expat in the USA was my first doctor’s visit. Almost every detail of the procedure and routine is slightly different. The paperwork however is the BIG difference. The trick is  to sign to agree with a privacy policy that I may or may not actually get in my hand. This ‘acceptance of our privacy policy’ sheet is a standard sheet between all the other sheets of paper on the clipboard, that I have to fill out and sign with a quasi cheerful pen with taped-on toothbrush or paper flower.

Like everyone I just scribble and sign it. But … the big question is:

WHY do they not show any effort to show me a readible, inviting, clear policy. WHY is this not on a wall poster, next to the flu shot posters, wash your hands posters and other Doctors for Dummies messages.

So I crafted a new version.

It is a fabric book with the highlights of the standard policies, stitched on a canvas and painted with acrylics. You can touch it, flip through it, ask the ladies behind the desk (in colorful Pajamas – another cultural uniqueness) for more information. You will get a colorful and quick idea of the do’s and don’ts with your personal medical  information.

And for your peace of mind:  some things in the Dutch health care system are quite funny and unpractical as well.  Bottom line – I love my doctors and their staff. I celebrate the health of my family. It is the packaging of their work that could use a touch up.

The original mixed media artwork is still for sale. Orders for commissioned pieces for medical offices are welcome too.

The reproduction is for sale as a printed ArtZine or an e-book. Buy here.

 

 

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