#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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#DesignThyself comes to Be Social Change

I will be offering my #DesignThyself class again on September 15th. Register on EventBrite.

Join Be Social Change for Design Thyself on Monday, September 15th at 7pm 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.

* Doors open at 6:45, class starts at 7:00 sharp *

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR

  • People interested in cultivating a new habit or modifying existing behaviors.
  • People interested in applying design (thinking/doing) and cognitive psychology to their own lives.
  • Designers and aspiring changemakers looking to “be the change” the way they want to see the world.

#DesignThyself 2.0 => #EverydayMusic

leesean ukulele

For my second #DesignThyself project, I will be rebooting my musical practice. Given my teaching and consulting work, I haven’t had as much time as I have wanted to practice, write, and produce music. I have decided to make music the first thing I do every morning, or the last thing I do before bed. I will be blogging my process here on my blog.

Starting this morning, instead of checking my email as the first thing I do when I wake up, I instead spent 20 minutes practicing ukulele and singing. I worked on Hallelujah and Peace Love and Understanding.

#DesignThyself – Long overdue update

Less than one month left to go until Gangnam Style! I have been negligent in my blogging obligations. It’s funny how fragile a habit can be. I was blogging about my progress every week, but then Spring Break, a week-long visit from an old friend who now lives in Hong Kong, and a minor illness happened. My #DesignThyself Korean study went out the window.

I was still listening to Gangnam Style during my twice weekly commutes to and from Staten Island, but I felt like I was reaching a plateau. I am familiar enough with the song now to get bored with it and tune it out, but still not familiar enough to just bust it out a capella. A plateau is a natural obstacle in the journey towards acquiring a new habit or skill. The key is to find motivation.

I have started working with a tutor, Mini Kim, a grad student from a neighboring department at SVA. Working with a native speaker is a great motivator, since I didn’t really have anyone to talk to in Korean before besides brief retail and restaurant interactions. Also, paying a tutor helps with the sense of investment and accountability, just like paying for a personal trainer at the gym – it’s not just for the guidance and expertise, but also for the motivation that we ourselves are lacking.

The hardest part about Korean is the vocabulary. Enough of it is close enough to Japanese or Chinese cognates that I can figure stuff out, but there is still a lot that is very different. I am continuing with the Talk to Me in Korean podcasts for grammar points, but also supplementing that with a picture book called Easy to Learn Korean Language with common vocabulary and phrases. My previous phrasebook had useful phrases, but it was wordy, had small print, and just didn’t feel fun. See, designing delight matters!