Awesome Foundation NYC – August 2012 Update

We want to give you $1000 for your best idea.

That’s what we do as the New York City chapter of the Awesome Foundation. We give micro-grants each month to projects that are inspiring, delightful, and elegant: in a word, Awesome. And applying couldn’t be more easy.

We just awarded our August grant to the City Surfers initiative of Concrete Safaris in East Harlem, which manages 15,000 square feet of child and youth-centered gardens on NYC Housing Authority property. Through the program, young people grow fruits and vegetables and perennial butterfly plants, transforming the physical environment in the public housing projects and inspiring their peers to get outside and play.

Our previous grantees are also continuing their Awesome work. The designers who received our July Grant are holding a fundraiser for their project Silent Lights, a permanent interactive sculpture in Red Hook that will transform traffic noise into a beautiful display of light.

And our June 2011 grantee, Babycastles, New York’s first independent games arcade, hosted a 3-day summit at the Museum of Art & Design.

We award grants every month so don’t keep your ideas to yourself. There are no limiting criteria, save that your idea must be awesome. Apply today for our September grant!

UX for Good – New Orleans 2012

Back in May of this year, I had the honor and privilege of taking part in UX for Good in New Orleans. Here is the video documenting that experience:

UX for Good – New Orleans 2012 from UX for Good on Vimeo.

In New Orleans, music can easily be mistaken for a natural resource. It seems to emanate from every cobblestone and corner bar. But every note of every song is a product of human beings, many of whom are living in a system that is increasingly inhumane. At the second annual UX for Good event, user-experience designers from across the country convened in New Orleans, where they applied their unique brand of unrelenting empathy to the problems musicians face in their everyday lives. By the end of the event, the team of designers had devised three original ways to connect New Orleans musicians with the prosperity they deserve. Read more about what they came up with at ux4good.com.

How a Bill(ionaire) Becomes a Law(maker)

It will take millions of people to defeat billions of dollars. Join us at www.unpac.org!

Super PACs and special interests have turned our politicians into money junkies only out for their next fix. We have to fight back before this becomes the new normal in American politics.

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