#FoossaFinds – 6 August 2014

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


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, Mic.com
#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.

JETAANY Fundraiser for Japan

The JET Alumni Association of New York, in partnership with NY de Volunteer, will be holding a fundraiser to benefit Japan on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The night will include great drink specials, entertainment, and – a highlight of the event – wonderful raffle prizes. (日本語版は下記

Over 30 generous JET Alumni and local businesses have donated goods and services to the cause, such as: cooking classes, bottles of sake, private dance lessons, handmade jewelry and more!

Please show your support for this cause which is so near and dear to our hearts. All proceeds from this event will go to the JETAA USA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. During the event we will be collecting messages for Send Hope to Japan from the World to further express our solidarity during this difficult time.

This is an open event and will have a great crowd of JET alumni, members of the local Japanese expat community, and many other New Yorkers wanting to show their support. Feel free to invite your coworkers, neighbors, roommates, and anyone else interested in looking for a way to help!

When: Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-9:30pm

Where: Slate
54 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave
(Nearest subway 1, 2, F, M, N, R, and Path)

Entry: Donation of $20 per person pre-sale, $25 at the door. The donation allows entry to the event, plus two raffle tickets. Please bring a photo ID. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased both in advance and during the event.
Additional Ticket Packs:
  • $5 = 1 ticket
  • $20 = 5 tickets
  • $50 = 15 tickets
  • $100 = 35 tickets

Increase your chances of winning! 100% of raffle sales go to the JETAA USA “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.”

How to Purchase:
Please enter $20 for admission to event PLUS either $5, $20, $50, or $100 dollars if you wish to purchase extra raffle tickets ahead of time. (Example: Entry to event ($20) and 5 extra raffle tickets ($20) = $40. Your tickets will be held for you at the event.

$20 = Standard Admission (entry and 2 raffle tickets)
$25 = Standard Admission + 1 additional raffle ticket
$40 = Standard Admission + 5 additional raffle tickets
$70 = Standard Admission + 15 additional raffle tickets
$120 = Standard Admission + 35 additional raffle tickets

Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Donors:
Japan Society, Hills Learning, Bao Noodle, Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), City Bike Coach, New York Video School, Shockra Studio, Boutique Pink Diamond, Bloomsbury Publishing — more to be listed soon!

Please share this event on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr!

JETプログラム参加経験者の会NY支部会は、この度NY de Volunteer(2003年NYで初めて日本人によって 設立された非営利団体)とパートナーシップを組み、4月5日(火曜日)に東日本大震災支援の為のファンドレイズイベントを行います。当日はドリンクが提供されるだけでなく、エンターテイメント、そして最後には豪華景品があたるくじ(ラッフル)が催されます。それらの景品は多くのJET卒業生達や地元企業のご好意により寄付された、お料理教室のチケット、日本酒、個人ダンスレッスン、手作りジュエリー等盛り沢山です。

是非、皆さんにとって掛け替えの無い身近な国、日本の為にご支援をお願いします!集まった義援金は全てJETAA USAの「Japan地震救援基金 」 へと募金されます。又イベントの間、日本とアメリカの結束感を表現する世界から送る日本への応援メッセージプロジェクトとして、皆さんのエールを紙に書いて頂き写真撮影を行います。今回のイベントは誰でも参加が出来、大勢のJET卒業生達やNY在住日本人コミュニティーだけでなく、日本を支援してくれるニュヨーカー達が集まります。是非ご家族、ご友人、ご近所、同僚、日本を支援してくれるあらゆる方をお誘い下さい!
日時:4月5日(火曜日) 6:30-9:30pm
場所: Slate 54 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave
(最寄地下鉄線 1, 2, F, M, N, R, Path)
エントランス: 前売り$20, 当日$25


  • $5 = 1枚
  • $20 = 5枚
  • $50 = 15枚
  • $100  = 35枚

ラッフルの売上は全額JETAA USAの「Japan地震救援基金」 へと募金されます。

イベントの参加の際にまず$20をお支払いになり、更に$5, $20, $50 又は$100等お好きなだけ事前にラッフル券をご購入下さい。
(例:前売りエントランス$20と追加にラッフル券5枚($20)ご購入=合計$40 事前にご購入頂いた券の分は当日イベントまでおとり置きされます)
$20 = 前売りエントランス (エントランスとラッフル券2枚)
$25 = 前売りエントランス + 追加ラッフル券1枚
$40 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券5枚
$70 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券15枚
$120 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券35枚

Japan Society, Hills Learning, Bao Noodle, Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), City Bike Coach, New York Video School, Shockra Studio, Boutique Pink Diamond, Bloomsbury Publishing — 等更に追加の予定!

是非 Facebook, Twitter, Tumblrでこのイベントを広めて下さい!

BareBurger loves Japan

I worked with Joey from BareBurger, an organic burger restaurant in Greenwich Village, Murray Hill, and Astoria to create this flyer for their Japan disaster relief fundraiser promotion.  They will be donating 20% of their sales next Tuesday, March 22, to Red Cross efforts in Japan.

Download PDF version of the flyer

Free the film, Free dolphins

Today, I went to see The Cove, a documentary centering around the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.  As some reviewers have already said, the movie marries spy-thriller suspense with compelling investigative storytelling.  Because of the Japanese government and whaling interests not wanting the story to get out, the filmmakers had to secretly (and perhaps illegally) document the dolphin slaughter; in my opinion, a heroic act of civil disobedience.  As I learned on the  JET Programme, in Japan it is perhaps easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.  BTW, fellow ITP geeks will love the filmmakers use of hidden cameras designed by Industrial Light and Magic to blend in with the rocks and foliage around the Cove.

I am taking a pledge suggested by the film and now refraining from visiting aquariums and aquatic mammal shows.  I will also be sure to buy dolphin-safe seafood.  Here are some main points of the film: Continue reading Free the film, Free dolphins