#FoossaFinds – 11 July 2014

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


4 Things Leaders Get Wrong About Creativity 
Design theory and branding professor Natalie Nixon says the reason we don’t see more creativity in business is that most leaders don’t have any idea what it is.

How to Thrive in a World Where Change is Constant
From shark feeding to deprogramming yourself, activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito explains how.

This Company’s Business Plan Includes Trespassing
Fast Company profiles our friends Nathan and Ida of Wanderlust Projects, a design agency for Transgressive Placemaking.


Saturday, 19 July 2014, 2-10 PM
Mister Rogers, 231 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238

2000 LED-Filled Balloons. 1 room. UNLIMITED JOY. Learn more and RSVP.

Crack Your Emotion Code: An Immersive Art Experience
Thursday, 24 July 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Dev Bootcamp NYC, 48 Wall St (15th Floor), New York, NY 10005

TAPIN partners with Dev Bootcamp to bring you an interactive experience designed to jolt your senses and emotions and tap into what makes you unique. Through an immersive journey, TAPIN creates a multi-sensory experience that deeply explores our humanness and ability to feel, showing us how cracking our own emotion code can ignite us and the work we create. Learn more and RSVP.

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.


6 Reasons Wombats Are Exceptionally Cool Creatures [The Dodo]

Lessons Learned: Rethink Your Elephants [NYU Entrepreneur]


The Future of Community

I will be a panelist at the Future of Community Internet Week discussion organized by Be Social Change and hosted by MeetUp on May 20. Register here and get a discount using the code “CommunityPanelFriend.”


Join Be Social Change on Tuesday, May 20th at 7:00PM for a panel discussion on The Future of Community Building as we explore the trends, challenges, and best practices in the art of building community.

Building and maintaining meaningful relationships with current and potential customers, employees, supporters, and neighbors is becoming a central imperative for organizations big and small. Gone are the days of simply marketing at customers, today’s thriving businesses are focused on inviting the public into conversations and into their communities.

Why are more and more companies prioritizing community building as a key part of their growth and impact strategies? What tools and techniques are being used to effectively engage and activate customers? How can online communities bolster in person communities and vice versa?And what is “community management” anyway? From likers and retweeters to C level strategists, how and why is the role of community manager evolving to become increasingly essential to organizations across sectors?

{Drinks and snacks will be provided!}

Join the conversation on Twitter #FutureOfCommunity

@besocialchange | @marcossalazar | @csisl | @leesean@davidspinks | @meetup | @heidisloane

6:30-7:00 PM – Doors open, Arrive

7:00-8:30 PM – Panel Discussion + Q&A

8:30-9:00 PM – Networking


Marcos Salazar, Co-Founder + Executive Director, Be Social Change

Marcos is a social entrepreneur, educator, and community builder. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Be Social Change, a New York City based non-profit on a mission to educate and connect the next generation of change makers.Previously, Marcos was the Vice President of Programs at The White House Project as well as former Technology Strategist and Leadership Researcher for Girl Scouts of the USA. He is the author of The Turbulent Twenties Survival Guide, an expert speaker on the psychology of life after college, Gen Y, and Millennial topics, a former elected official in New York City as well as owns two hyperlocal clothing companies, BoroThreads and DistrictTees, in New York City and Washington, DC.

Eli Malinsky, Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation

Eli has been a champion of collaboration and innovation in the social sector for the past ten years. A deep believer in the potential of ‘everyday people’ to create social change, Eli’s work is centered on new models that unleash creativity and catalyze impact. Eli has spoken and published works on networks, collaboration, social enterprise, shared space and social innovation. He is currently Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City. The Centre for Social Innovation is a coworking space, community and launchpad for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.

Lee-Sean Huang, Co-Founder + Creative Director, Foossa

Lee-Sean is the co-founder and creative director of Foossa. He is also affiliated with Purpose, where he has worked as a designer, strategist, and now as an advisor. He has devoted his career to working with social enterprises, nonprofits, and communities to create transformative experiences for positive social change. He has collaborated with organizations including: Avaaz.org, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations, the SEIU, Creative Commons, Made in the Lower East Side, and Afro Brazil Arts. Lee-Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard and a Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.

David Spinks, CEO, CMX Media

David is the CEO of CMX Media, a brand dedicated to improving the community industry through its publication: CMXHub and its event: CMXSummit. David has spent his career building startups and communities and a couple of them didn’t even completely fail. He cofounded Feast,TheCommunityManager.com and BlogDash and built communities for companies like LeWeb, Zaarly, Udemy and SeatGeek. Today he’s working to build the leading community of community professionals. Super meta!

Andrea Murphy, Community Team Manager, Meetup

Andrea is the Community Team Manager at Meetup where she is responsible for managing support operations and scaling support tools and resources for the world’s largest network of local groups. Andrea has built out and managed chapter models for local Meetup Organizer Groups as well as organizations interested in fostering local community around their brand. She recently spoke at UserConf NYC (2013) about How to Get Feedback into the Development Process by creating a user-centered culture and community within your company.


Heidi Sloane, Strategy & Community, Be Social Change + miLES

Driving community engagement and strategy at Be Social Change, Heidi is committed to connecting passionate, talented individuals to other people, projects and ideas that will amplify impact, lead to electric conversations, or result in inspired collaborations. Having studied social entrepreneurship at NYU, Heidi has been working with early stage non-profits, startups, and social projects since graduating in 2012. On top of her work with Be Social Change, she manages community and communication for a startup social enterprise, miLES (Made In The Lower East Side). She previously worked with Lean Startup Machine and was inspired by how lean startup can be used as a powerful tool by change makers tackling social and environmental issues. Since joining the BSC team, she has been working to adapt lean startup methodology to be more accessible and applicable in the social good space; she co-teaches the Makers Institute class series “Lean Startup for Social Good.”

Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups.
Their mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.


Be Social Change is a community-driven nonprofit on a mission to educate and connect the next generation of change makers. Through entrepreneurship education, community-building, and resource-sharing tools we empower people from all sectors and industries to pursue work they are passionate about and create lives that make the world a better place. Our vision is to create a world where every entrepreneur is a social entrepreneur, every career is an impact-driven career, and every business is a socially-conscious business. Join us in making this vision a reality.

Collaborative Workspace on E4th St Open to Applications!


Apply Now!

Get a 5% Discount by entering the Code: “Lee-Sean” in your application

Come work at FABWORKS by Made in the Lower East Side (miLES) and Fourth Arts Block, a collaborative workspace and pop up spot at 75 E 4th Street between 2nd Ave. and Bowery. Featuring dedicated seats, high-speed WiFi, unlimited b&w printing and 10a-6p hours Mon – Fri at a very competitive rate!

Apply Now!

miLES co-working membership also includes access to a valuable mentors’ network of entrepreneurs and established businesses. miLES’ partners include OpenIDEO, Fourth Arts Block, School of Visual Arts and more. Each week, miLES offers free classes through Trade School and others in craft, writing, choreography, etc. that will strengthen your core skills and expand on your innovative instincts. Working from miLES also means you’ll get to utilize their street-level retail space for pop ups and have your work featured on the miLES blog. See what our co-worker is saying about our space!

For a limited time throughout June, miLES co-working members also have after-hours access to a neighborhood Coffee Shop Pushcart Coffee at 221 E Broadway near Clinton St from 6-9p Mon-Fri!

Secure your spot! Space is limited! Apply by May 28!

About miLES:

miLES opens underused storefronts to new possibilities, with classes, events, co-working, and short-term space rentals. We work with residents, artists, businesses and landlords in the Lower East Side to identify, program and fill underused spaces and turn them into vibrant community hubs for working, learning, connecting, and starting up new projects. Think of us as the Airbnb for storefronts. miLES is part of New Museum Ideas City Festival, host of New York Design Week and Noho Design District event, and has been published by various press including Fast Company, New York Times Local East Village, NY1, Good Inc, and many other.

miLES: We open storefronts to possibilities
| Twitter: @madeinLES | facebook.com/madeinLES | info@madeinLES.org |

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miLES in Fast Company!

miLES (Made in the Lower East Side), a community-centered initiative I have been advising and collaborating with (as well as former client to a student team from MFA Desuign for Social Innovation at SVA where I teach), was featured in Fast Company today!

This “Airbnb For Storefronts” Is Creating New Opportunities In A New York Neighborhood
Operating in the Lower East Side, miLES is trying ignite the community by filling empty commercial space with interesting businesses and organizations on short-term leases while the landlords wait for the right long-term tenants.

Read more on Fast Company