Become a Disrupter by Design


Think of the best conference you can imagine. Combine it with a vacation where you meet a random group of wonderful, whip-smart, people that you embark on a series of unforgettable adventures with. Top off all that awesomeness with the fact that you’ll be cerebrally stimulated and learning game changing skills for active participation and purpose. That’s what our fellowship programs are. Join us in NYC! I hope to see you there.

Learn More and APPLY NOW!



12 Fellows. 7-Day Intensive Program.
Sunday 14th – Saturday 20th June 2015 in NYC
By Application Only

Extensive Experiences In Disruptive Design and Social Innovation. Amazing Mentors. Curated Networks. Mind-changing Activations.

Real World Projects and Challenges. Clients. Change. Sustainability. Design. Social Innovation.


#GivingTuesday, New York Social Good Holiday Bash, & Catalyst User Survey

There’s #BlackFriday, #CyberMonday, and now #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a global day of giving on Tuesday, December 2. Hundreds of organizations have raised over $6,000,000 on Indiegogo in preparations for #GivingTuesday and on their way to raise millions more with your support.

We invite you to this interactive celebration to listen, experience, and share in these organizations’ impact stories this #GivingTuesday. Learn about great causes that are changing lives worldwide this holiday season. Vote on the 15 organizations that will pitch live during the event to win $5,000 (Voting begins at midnight on December 2 here). Enjoy holiday hors d’eouvres and spirits along with tunes by DJ Phi Unit

*** 100% of ticket sales will go towards charity, as part of the prize money for the winning pitch.

Join us on December 11th for the New York Social Good Holiday Bash!

We’re excited to be partnering with Be Social Change to ring in the holidays and build stronger connective tissue among the people and organizations driving social innovation in NYC! On December 11th at 6:30 PM, join us at Wix Lounge to for New York Social Good Holiday Bash! In the great company of our fellow purpose-driven New Yorkers, we’ll be enjoying tasty snacks, drinks, and festivities.

You can purchase your ticket here: For a 25% discount, use the promo code “NYSGholiday” at checkout.

Save the date, invite your friends, and celebrate collective impact, new connections and collaborations with the New York Social Good community!

See you on December 11th!

Help us test CATALYST tools today: join the debates and tell us more about your experience with DebateHub

The CATALYST Consortium has begun alpha testing of the DebateHub, a collective intelligence platform for group ideation, discussion, and debate. DebateHub also includes cutting edge tools to help community managers (visualize and understand the social dynamics and argument balance of a given debate or deliberation.

Purpose and the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute have partnered with a several communities who have begun experimenting with DebateHub. These communities include Wisdom Hackers, a group of artists, activists, and entrepreneurs building an “incubator” for philosophy and wisdom into the discourse of contemporary living, as well as the alumni association of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. Catalyst consortium partner Purpose is also using DebateHub as a transparent and inclusive place to plan its spring campaign and upcoming testbed, in which the organization plans to use DebateHub as a platform for hosting a large scale public discussion about imagining the future of European identity.

We need your help to improve DebateHub. Please give DebateHub a try and give us your feedback by filling out the short survey, which takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your help. We look forward to your input in our iterative design process and product development.

#FoossaFinds – 22 October 2014

The Thinking Body

Did you know that Einstein’s insights for the theory of relativity came to him in the form of kinesthetic sensations in his muscles?

In a Wisdom Hackers ebook published this week, Foossa’s Lee-Sean Huang explores issues of embodied cognition and “the thinking body.” You can read a free excerpt of the ebook on Medium, and subscribe to the full series on The Pigeonhole. We also welcome you to join us in discussing these ideas on DebateHub.


@leesean – A Fitness Tracker for Online Communities? Collective Intelligence Meets Wisdom Hackers

@TechReview – Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?”


Join Purpose and the #GivingTuesday team for a panel on how to maximize donations to your organization
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Purpose, 115 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor (Bet. 18th & 19th St.) New York NY 10003


@Dodo/@Melissa_Cronin – Triple Rescue: Baby Ostriches Comfort Baby Elephant As He’s Airlifted

@leesean – Happy Autumn Survivalist Squirrel

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#FoossaFinds – 6 August 2014

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


Hitchhiking robot is halfway across Canada
Brandon Griggs, CNN
“Part performance art, part social experiment”

Who Stole the Four Hour Workday?
Nathan Schreiber, Vice
How do we undo the “nationwide amnesia” for an alternative American Dream?

Why Fender’s Interactive Design Team Wireframes Its Site By Hand
Tina Amirtha, Fast Company
Pen + Paper = Analog Oldies but Goodies.

How Successful People Stay Calm
Travis Bradberry, TalentSmart
Breathe, sleep, and a little bit of perspective.

There’s a Bizarre New Selfie Trend in China With an Uplifting Message
Tom McKay,
#SelfieFeminism #Flawless


Obama Campaign Designer On How To Create A Winning Political Brand


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.


National Geographic: Can airlifting rhinos out of South Africa save the species?

Buzzfeed/Bored Panda: Japan’s Shiba Inu shop assistant.

#FoossaFinds – 25 July 2014

#FoossaFinds curates insightful readings, awesome events, #SpiritAnimals, and other inspiration. Look for it on Fridays.  Reposted from


The Social Innovation Revolution Cheryl Heller, SVA Design for Social Innovation Business and social innovation aren’t typical bedmates. But as the rising class of altruistic entrepreneurs takes over, business as usual for designers is being redefined. Taiwan’s Sunflower Protest: Digital Anatomy of a Movement Tracey Cheng, Flip the Media On March 18th, 2014, hundreds of students occupied Taiwan’s parliament, to protest against the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA). A network of tech-savvy volunteers immediately began to use digital tools to broadcast their message to sympathizers and the public. Soon, thousands of citizens rallied on the streets outside the parliament to support the students inside. This movement became known as the “Sunflower Movement.” Here is an inside look at the strategies, tactics, and tools that fueled the Movement. Public Displays of Transaction Chiara Atik, Medium/Matter How Venmo became the ultimate social network for voyeurs and gossips


Subway Sets is back!  Saturday, 2 August 2014, 7:30 PM Subway Sets is bringing New York’s best underground music to the largest rooftop farm in the world for an epic night underneath the stars. Come experience what TimeOut NYC called one of “the coolest things to do on an NYC rooftop”. Get tickets now. 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.


“Design is not a science, just move things around until it feels right.”


Help save the world’s saddest polar bear. 980x Snooty, the world’s oldest manatee turns 66 66-year-old-manatee-snooty-9