#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

#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 on Skillshare.com

I am teaching #DesignThyself, an online class on Skillshare starting April 20, 2013. Learn how to use design principles to acquire a new habit/behavior, make it stick, and document it online. Sign up today. The first 50 students to register can take the class for FREE! Use coupon code LAUNCHLO.

Are you interested in learning about design principles to affect change? Why not start with yourself? This class brings design thinking and design doing to a personal level. Throughout the course we will each design and document an intentional and proactive personal change in our lives. It could be learning a new skill, acquiring a new habit, or quitting an old one. The personal change could be related to health, sports, language learning, cooking, reading, or emotional/spiritual/creative practice. The projects should be related to personal growth and self-mastery, but also light-hearted, fun, and social. Think of it as part New Year’s resolution, part school science project (where you are your own guinea pig), and part reality show. My current #DesignThyself project is trying to learn basic conversational Korean in 4 months and then setting off on a Gangnam Style karaoke mission at the end of that time period.

Here are some #DesignThyself projects by my current students:

Examples of blogs of my current students here:
http://katanimation.tumblr.com/
http://nonsmokingcow.wordpress.com/
http://sundayspice.tumblr.com/
http://tanyameetsnewyork.tumblr.com/
http://thecostofawesome.tumblr.com/#41167419333
http://greasemonkeyapprentice.tumblr.com/

We will draw from the fields of interaction design, activism for social/cultural change, as well as cognitive psychology. Lectures, readings, and office hours will be supplemented by local discussion and support circles.

We will blog to document the “before,” “during,” and “after” of our personal transformation and engage with each others’ transformation through smaller online group discussions. #DesignThyself is not about “self-help.” It is about using (and demystifying) design principles to deal with change in a proactive way and to create beauty and meaning out of desire and necessity.

 Sign up today. The first 50 students to register can take the class for FREE! Use coupon code LAUNCHLO.