#FoossaFinds – 10 September 2014

Foossa Finds is on jury duty this week, so just two announcements:

  1. Join Be Social Change for Design Thyself on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:30pm w/ Lee-Sean Huang, Co-founder and Creative Director at Foossa. Are you interested in learning about design principles to affect change in the world? Why not start with yourself? #DesignThyself brings design thinking and design doing to a personal level. Learn how to use design as a tool for changing your own creative habits and behavior.
  2. How is modern society and technology changing our experiences of intimacy?

    It is with great pleasure that I ask you to join us on Sept. 19th (from 7 to 9 pm) in New York City for a lovely little salon to debut the musings of an emergent community of thinkers, the Wisdom Hackers. In an effort to bring more raw and unformed narratives to the world – so that we might better witness not just the output of thought, but it’s beta process – our little group of Seekers will share some of what they’ve been wrestling with and engage you in discussion around some big questions.

    SEPT 19th – 7 to 9 PM
    THE MAKESHIFT SOCIETY
    55 HOPE STREET (WILLIAMSBURG)
    BROOKLYN, NY 11211
    RSVP: alexa.clay@gmail.com

Invitation

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Wisdom Hackers launching October 6

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wisdom Hackers: An Incubator for Philosophers to Launch Oct. 6th

The 6th of October 2014 sees the launch of an exciting series of philosophical dispatches from young, edgy thinkers from major cities across the globe – Berlin, London, Mexico City, Nairobi, New York, Paris, and San Francisco.

Founded in the summer of 2014, Wisdom Hackers brings together fresh voices from art, activism, technology, and design to ask “ancient questions in modern contexts.” Over the course of eight weeks, participants (affec- tionately called “Seekers”) each explored a deep question and produced meditations on these questions in the form of dispatches. Questions related to the future of democracy, technology consumption, the inherent wisdom of children, the evolution of consciousness, and the nature of Enlightenment in the world today.

The community of “Seekers” includes British novelist Anna Stothard, actress and poet Grace Dunham, Occupy journalist Nathan Schneider, hacker and activist Brett Scott, and artist and TED Fellow Rachel Sussman. For a complete list of Seekers see: www.wisdomhackers.com/seekers

The philosophical dispatches will be published through a new digital literary start-up called The Pigeonhole, starting on October 6th. The Pigeonhole harnesses 21st-century technology to bring back the serialized book, a format made famous by Dickens, Dumas and Dostoevsky. Through the Pigeonhole bespoke app and transmedia platform, Wisdom Hackers will publish their dispatches direct to readers.

“Our aim in partnering with the Pigeonhole is to create new markets for self-expression outside of traditional publishing,” says Wisdom Hackers Founder Alexa Clay. “Our very real challenge is to understand how philosophy and wisdom can be adapted for our digital age. We want to create a learning community of the future where spirited inquiry into life’s burning questions are actively encouraged and shared with a wider public.”

Wisdom Hackers participant and journalist, Nathan Schneider offered his own observations on the experience, “It’s such a relief to be able to have an excuse to put the quest for wisdom at the center of one’s work for a spell. Even if we wouldn’t say it out loud, it’s that quest that secretly motivates so many of us. Wisdom Hackers has been a much-needed coming-out party for clandestine mystics, dreamers, wanderers, and guerrillas in a world that ordinarily prefers not to make a place for them—for us.”

For more information contact:
Alexa Clay
Founder, Wisdom Hackers
+ 49 (0) 176 8473 8303
alexa@wisdomhackers.com
@alexaclay

Kelly Pike
Hello Public Relations
+44 (0) 7824 812520
kellydpike@gmail.com
@publicistkelly

Relevant links:
wisdomhackers.com
thepigeonhole.com/books/wisdomhackers/

#FoossaFinds – 4 September 2014

#FoossaFinds curates insightful readings, awesome events, #SpiritAnimals, and other inspiration. Look for it weekly. 

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Wisdom Hackers

A group of thinkers from across art, literature, design, technology and innovation each explore a burning question that touches upon core themes of human agency and wisdom. Wisdom Hackers tackles questions of democracy, social consciousness, consumerism, the environment, family and our relationship to the physical world – in weekly Staves with accompanying video, images, sound and discussion. Join us for a journey into the unknown…

ARTICLES

Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements
Mark Engler & Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence
What to do during a lull in a movement’s visible progress, and why a win may arrive with more of a whimper than a roar.

Can Monasteries Be a Model for Reclaiming Tech Culture for Good?
Nathan Schneider, The Nation
Hackers are transforming an ancient city into a prototype for the future.

EVENTS

Be Social Change Class: #DesignThyself – Applying Design Principles to Personal Growth
Note the new date and time: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:15-9:00 PM, Centre For Social Innovation, 601 W 26th Street, Suite 325, New York, NY 10001
Are you interested in learning about design principles to affect change in the world? Why not start with yourself? #DesignThyself brings design thinking and design doing to a personal level. Learn how to use design as a tool for changing your own creative habits and behavior. Learn how to use design principles and methodology to cultivate a new creative habit and to make an intentional and proactive change in your life. We will draw from the fields of interaction design, activism for social/cultural change, as well as cognitive psychology. This class is based on material previously offered at the School of Visual Arts MFA Design for Social Innovation and on Skillshare.com. Register today.

TEDxGramercy | Grit 
Saturday, 27 September 2014, 4-8 PM, Mason Hall, Baruch college, 17 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Get early-bird tickets.

#SPIRITANIMALS

Cute Baby Lemurs! 
National Geographic

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#FoossaFinds – 13 August 2014

#FoossaFinds curates insightful readings, awesome events, #SpiritAnimals, and other inspiration. Look for it weekly. Reposted from Foossa.com/blog.

ARTICLES

Who’s Getting Rich Off Profit-Driven ‘Clicktivism’
Nithin Coca, Motherboard
Follow the money behind the clicks.

The Economics of Jane Austen
Shannon Chamberlain, The Atlantic
In her fiction, the 18th-century novelist wrestled with the same question that preoccupied Adam Smith: Does the pursuit of wealth diminish a person’s moral integrity?

Why Startup Urbanism Will Fail Us
Leo Hollis, Shareable
“The city is not a company; community is not a brand; citizenship cannot be mistaken for consumption.”

Artists’ brains are structurally different, study finds
Lindsay Van Thoen, Freelancers Union
A study published last week in the journal NeuroImage confirms that artists do indeed have different brains — and regular art practice can permanently change our brain structures.”

EVENTS

Be Social Change Class: #DesignThyself – Applying Design Principles to Personal Growth
Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:45-8:30 PM, Centre For Social Innovation, 601 W 26th Street, Suite 325, New York, NY 10001
Are you interested in learning about design principles to affect change in the world? Why not start with yourself? #DesignThyself brings design thinking and design doing to a personal level. Learn how to use design as a tool for changing your own creative habits and behavior. Learn how to use design principles and methodology to cultivate a new creative habit and to make an intentional and proactive change in your life. We will draw from the fields of interaction design, activism for social/cultural change, as well as cognitive psychology. This class is based on material previously offered at the School of Visual Arts MFA Design for Social Innovation and on Skillshare.com. Register today.

TEDxGramercy | Grit 
Saturday, 27 September 2014, 4-8 PM, Mason Hall, Baruch college, 17 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Get early-bird tickets and suggest speakers.

#SPIRITANIMALS

Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as ‘monkey owns it’
Selfie Monkey

World’s oldest eel dies in Sweden
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Energy Duck could generate solar power in Copenhagen
dish_energyduck

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