FOOSSA August 2015 Newsletter

News & Media

“We’re rogues giving to rogues. It’s misfit money for the weird and wonderful.” Lee-Sean recently talked to the New York Times about our work with the Awesome Foundation. We give out $1000 grants every month to awesome projects.

Learning Rwandan: Ten key words for understanding Rwanda today. Lee-Sean reflects on his recent trip back to Rwanda to continue working with UX for Good and the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

David Colby is doing research around “Financial Citizenship” and wealth-building in minority communities. Contact us to learn more and to get involved.

Upcoming Workshops

Join Lee-Sean for his movement workshop, Kinesthetic Conversations in Crowded Spaces, on Governor’s Island NYC this Saturday, August 8. The workshop is part of Sextant Works’ Summer Placemaking Lab and is free and open to the public. Update (8/12/2015): view documentation from the workshop here.

Lee-Sean will be offering his Be Social Change workshop onTransformative Storytelling again on August 24 and September 21 in New York City. Use coupon code Huang25 for 25% off. We also have a limited number of need-based full scholarships available. Please get in touch to learn more.

Building Networks for Good

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Lee-Sean Huang, cofounder & creative director of Foossa and trustee & treasurer of the Awesome Foundation NYC presenting a workshop on Building Networks for Good at the CAPS2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium on July 7th. The slide on the screen features the work of Sextant.Works, an Awesome Foundation grantee.

Inspiration

Clever Buildings Whose Architects Refused to Cut Down Local Trees

Awesome examples of Community-Centered Design, architecture in dialog with the wider ecosystem and community of species

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Spirit Animal

Cecil the Lion and the American Dentist

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Building Networks for Good

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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on Building Networks for Good at the CAPS2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The slide on the screen features the work of Sextant.Works, an Awesome Foundation grantee.

What happens when people come together to take collective action without needing traditional organisational and institutional structures? What tools and strategies do we need for these “Networks for Good” to thrive? In this workshop, designer, storyteller, and community-builder Lee-Sean Huang (Purpose) will explore these questions by drawing from his own experiences building international networks like UX for Good, The Awesome Foundation, and Wisdom Hackers.

Future of Community Panel

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Thursday, May 21

Future of Community – How Nonprofits and Businesses Are Engaging Audiences to Grow Their Impact

I have one comp ticket to give away, first come first serve. Otherwise, use code BSC25 to get 25% off.

FEATURED PANELISTS:

Eli Malinsky, Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation

David Spinks​, CEO, CMX Media

Kristin Hodgson​, Communications Director, Meetup

Sarah Judd Welch​, CEO/Head of Community Design, Loyal

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

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

More information and registration>>

Innovation Spirit Animals

How 5 Mythical Beasts Can Help You Tackle Real-World Challenges

Meet five spirit animals from Foossa’s innovation menagerie: Ouroboros, Chimera, Kitsune, Hydra, and Trojan Horse. More than just mascots, each mythical creature embodies a mindset and a methodology for solving social and business challenges. Together they enhance our strategic toolkit for creative action. Let’s learn more about these spirit animals.

Read more on Medium

Innovation Spirit Animals

Six Word Stories

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Yesterday I led a workshop on Transformative Storytelling at the Smart Impact startup accelerator in Mexico City. As the final exercise of the workshop, I had participants write 6 word stories inspired by their businesses or their life’s work. The strict constraint of only six words forces a kind of creative discipline and prioritization. Every word counts, and every word must make an emotional impact.

The exercise is based on the 6 word story, “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn,” a story associated with (and falsely attributed to Hemingway). Whoever the original author was, the story is an example of how it is possible to evoke incredible depths of emotion and humanity in a few short words.

What is your 6 word story?