Transformative Storytelling

I regularly teach a Transformative Storytelling workshop organized by BeSocialChange at the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City. I wrote this post as a resource for former and prospective students, as well as anybody else interested in the subject matter. You will find an outline of what we cover in the workshop as well as links to resources below.

Transformative Storytelling

Mischievous Movement

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, I taught an experimental movement workshop as part of the Sextantworks Placemaking Lab on Governor’s Island.

Every day in New York City we find ourselves interacting in urban space, on crowded streets and subway trains. Crossing paths with strangers, near collisions, conversations without words. How do we decode the grammar to these kinesthetic conversations? Learn how to inject fun, freedom, and a little bit of mischief into your everyday interactions and gain new insights for designing social experiences. This workshop will draw upon diverse disciplines including experience design, social science, martial arts, and choreography. Come ready to move your body. No dance or martial arts background necessary. All are welcome.

View more documentation from the workshop on Medium.

Mischievous Movement

FOOSSA August 2015 Newsletter

News & Media

“We’re rogues giving to rogues. It’s misfit money for the weird and wonderful.” Lee-Sean recently talked to the New York Times about our work with the Awesome Foundation. We give out $1000 grants every month to awesome projects.

Learning Rwandan: Ten key words for understanding Rwanda today. Lee-Sean reflects on his recent trip back to Rwanda to continue working with UX for Good and the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

David Colby is doing research around “Financial Citizenship” and wealth-building in minority communities. Contact us to learn more and to get involved.

Upcoming Workshops

Join Lee-Sean for his movement workshop, Kinesthetic Conversations in Crowded Spaces, on Governor’s Island NYC this Saturday, August 8. The workshop is part of Sextant Works’ Summer Placemaking Lab and is free and open to the public. Update (8/12/2015): view documentation from the workshop here.

Lee-Sean will be offering his Be Social Change workshop onTransformative Storytelling again on August 24 and September 21 in New York City. Use coupon code Huang25 for 25% off. We also have a limited number of need-based full scholarships available. Please get in touch to learn more.

Building Networks for Good

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Lee-Sean Huang, cofounder & creative director of Foossa and trustee & treasurer of the Awesome Foundation NYC presenting a workshop on Building Networks for Good at the CAPS2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium on July 7th. The slide on the screen features the work of Sextant.Works, an Awesome Foundation grantee.

Inspiration

Clever Buildings Whose Architects Refused to Cut Down Local Trees

Awesome examples of Community-Centered Design, architecture in dialog with the wider ecosystem and community of species

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Cecil the Lion and the American Dentist

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Building Networks for Good

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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on Building Networks for Good at the CAPS2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The slide on the screen features the work of Sextant.Works, an Awesome Foundation grantee.

What happens when people come together to take collective action without needing traditional organisational and institutional structures? What tools and strategies do we need for these “Networks for Good” to thrive? In this workshop, designer, storyteller, and community-builder Lee-Sean Huang (Purpose) will explore these questions by drawing from his own experiences building international networks like UX for Good, The Awesome Foundation, and Wisdom Hackers.

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Investing in Awesome

We’re rogues giving to rogues. It’s misfit money for the weird and wonderful.

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The Awesome Foundation NYC, of which I am a trustee, was recently featured in the New York Times.

The foundation’s 10 New York trustees pool $100 each month and give the $1,000 pot — no strings attached — to the New Yorker who best answers their three questions: Who are you? What’s your awesome idea? How will you use this money?

Learn more and apply for an Awesome Foundation NYC grant here.

If you’re interested in starting a chapter of the Awesome Foundation in your own city, which involves assembling a group of at least ten “trustees” willing to each contribute $100 (or the local equivalent) every month toward the grant, please get in touch at join@awesomefoundation.org.

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