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Mercatus Center of George Mason University

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​I designed my home-schooling program with a question: What skills can I learn that would be most needed by the species over the next one hundred years? The art of grounded imagination - a system I developed to scan large numbers of possibilities and then sort through which of the possibilities were doable by me, brought well-being, were fun and had the highest return on investment - and the study of ecology, with an emphasis on "how do we eliminate the mistaken notion of garbage as a cover for our lack of complex ecological thinking" were two answers.

I recently became upset by the fact that during my trips to Thailand I don't see any homelessness and return home to Marin County, where the average income is $157k and see chronic homelessness with no end in sight. This falls under the category of the illusion of garbage as a reflection of a lack of imagination: Thousands of our most valuable resources (human beings) are being turned into liabilities and then dehumanized and buried in an effort to avoid the inadequacies in thinking and loving at all levels of local government and culture. To my great surprise, there does not seem to be a single town in the U.S. who has come up with a best-practice guide to eliminating homelessness in a way that demonstrates conclusively that it is cheaper, saner, more human and healthier to give these individuals a way to contribute and live as a net-benefit to the community. In my interviews with most of the local non-profits and conversations with local governments for an upcoming documentary "Homeless in Marin" it is clear that we are spending more money to create a problem than it would cost to fix it and that this insanity has no signs of abating.

I am interested in participating in creating the first town in the U.S. to officially end the idea of human "garbage" through a multi-layered strategy:
1) Creating my documentary:
a) Sharing my research from around the world about how and why some places don't create homelessness and other places keep creating more of it to the detriment of all.
b) Make this documentary a template, showing how I made it with smart-phones and how individuals in any town can use my footage, add to it, edit online in "We-video" so that local theaters can help bring communities together with data for about $10,000. per documentary after the template is in place.

2) Try all the various things in my County to see what Americans are and are not receptive to mentally and practically. I am giving talks at local churches and starting a feedback loop where I compare the responses of each church, of each local government and rank them in order of intelligence, with "intelligence" being defined as "best result per unit of energy invested."

3) All across America government are spending more money to create homelessness than it costs to prevent it. Homelessness leads to viral patterns in trauma, crime, sexual abuse, disease, shame and fear and even forest-fires. In my county it costs the public $60,000. a year to create and sustain a chronically homeless lifestyle, while it costs less than $12,000. a year to nothing to prevent homelessness. However, the data is counter to U.S. cultural biases of blaming the individual for legal choices to ban tiny houses, ban camping on public land, avoid programs to work for housing in national parks and more than 500 other good ideas.

The problem is not only ignorance, but ignorance about our ignorance. To overcome this we need conclusive data of a kind that is not currently available. When I try and gather data from local government and non-profits, some of whom house the homeless for $300. a night (too expensive so there are not enough beds) they say "we cannot give out confidential information," without giving the individual the right to be seen and known. With so much secrecy in a culture that shames poverty and failure, the ignorance is institutionalized. Yet every time I talk with an individual they have great, cheap, practical ideas that are more intelligent than the government and non-profit programs but are not in public view.

The next issue is fear of the unknown: I and every other person I know has fear of the "crazy, dirty, perverted, violent homeless person" in mythology. It is the default mode when someone is invisible. The reality is the opposite. Every homeless person is an individual. Some are kind and gentle but always late. Some are rude but always on time. Some are hard-working and learn quickly and don't want hand-outs. Some are bitter and angry and have a lot of injustices they want heard before they want to participate. They need to be related to as individuals. And the systems in place are designed to keep them invisible whether they want to be or not. Even HUD, which oversees programs, will not have an interview with me on camera to discuss illegal activities reported by some of our homeless. Every power-structure is more worried about image and funding than they are about truth.

I believe that the solution to these problems: Invisibility, lack of accountability, fear of the unknown and ignorantly spending more money to create homelessness than it would take to eliminate it, are best solved with an app that is developed and refined in one city/county, refined until there is no more homelessness, and then sold/given/shared to every other local government in the western world, beginning by reaching out to concerned students and non-profits with access to the tools to make their own local documentary to show how much money can be saved and unnecessary suffering reduced by adopting the app in their town and shaping local laws with best-practices and tracking savings, health, success and well-being in the community every month.

I formed a non-profit (www.HappinessData.org) so that I could fund these ideas personally without paying taxes to help my community, when I could not get cooperation from a single local non-profit to consider cheaper ideas that might put some of them out of a job but work much better than a model that creates more and more homeless people every year (My county houses about 40 new people a year and then creates 200-400 new homeless people - a net loss measured by results that no venture capitalist or investor would give a penny towards).

An app is capable of gathering the following information for free or for coupons at local healthy-food locations:
* Status of health, including symptoms of infections such as corona virus.
* Skills, ability and willingness to work.
* Biographies - turning people into human beings.
* Video reports of crimes and other abuses of power direct to the citizens.
* Ideas, using a cost-benefit analysis.
* A list of needs and a map of social integration so that people can participate in helping individuals on an individual level contribute their skills and find a home.
* The ability for volunteers to "adopt" a homeless person in groups of seven to ten people per homeless person, sharing "I can give advice on XXX one hour a week..." "I can offer my shower at the pool or gym twice a week between 7-8am..." etc. and eliminate the isolation of the homeless and the sense of overwhelm any one person feels when hearing all of the unmet needs of someone on the street.
* The app can allow homeless to blog/have a voice in the community.
* A list of all existing programs and resources, along with homeless feedback.
* A list of best-practices tested by any town using the app and the results.
* An index and prizes for every town that meets certain criteria from 0-100 so that towns can compete for "most intelligent town in America in turning every member of it's town into a healthy individual who adds cultural and financial wealth."

You can see more about the app idea here: https://homelessinmarin.com/homeless-app. It is on hold because I am the sole donor of www.HappinessData.org and donate $10,000. a year plus my time for implementing these ideas. $30-150,000. is needed as a chunk to start building the app to a point where it can be tested directly by local homeless. It is my belief that once it proves that it saves money, lives and creates vital communities it will be self-funding and ultimately be adopted by every town or superceded by a better app that incorporates what it learns from this one. Either way, ending homelessness in America is an upside that is worth more than $100 billion over time and we need to be making a hundred new million dollar bets that have a chance. I am aware of many dimensions of this project I cannot fit into 1,500 words.



Sincerely,

Dane

Dane E. Rose
Chairman of Board
Happiness Data
Landline: 415. 455. 9161
www.HappinessData.org
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