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Happy Mango at StartOut Demo Day

The Foossa team and I are looking forward to presenting Happy Mango Credit at the StartOut Demo Day at Civic Hall on February 24.


Happy Mango is a free service that allows you to visualize your financial health, get a new kind of real-time credit rating, and apply for loans directly from community banks and credit unions. Foossa designed the Happy Mango branding and user interface in collaboration with The Tiger Party.

Sign up for Happy Mango and let us know what you think at

Already have good credit? Not in the market for a new loan? No worries. You can still take advantage of Happy Mango’s free financial visualization tools.

The more people who sign up for Happy Mango, the more power we have together to change the whole credit rating and consumer credit industry, making it more transparent, more responsive, and more human.

We are building a movement to humanize credit. Join us.

p.s. We are also looking for investors to partner with to help us take Happy Mango to the next level. If you are interested or can help us make an introduction, that would be much appreciated:


Design Education NYC

Cornell Design Thinking Innovation Lab

I will be a facilitator and mentor at this 2-day intensive at Cornell NYC, May 7-8. Join us!

Learn to be a Design Thinker at Cornell. Design Thinking, is the practice pioneered by top innovation firm IDEO, taught at Stanford University and used by some of the worlds’ most innovative companies. Cornell Executive Business Education has built upon this design and added an increased element of applicability to your everyday business life as well as an element of how do you lead innovation back on the job which is vital in the current market.

Learn more and sign up here.

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Redesigning Museums for Good


A museum is more than a collection of interesting objects.

A memorial is more than a heap or marble or stone.

Each of these types of institutions exist to serve a greater purpose. Whether it’s the British Museum or a local historical society, these organizations create an experience that is meant to inspire some action on the part of those who visit them.

For many years, museums did not take direct responsibility for the conversion point between experience and action — what visitors did after they left the gift shop was their business. But today, some institutions are thinking differently about this key component of their missions, asking tough questions about how the conversion happens and seeking new tools to make sure that it does.


Earlier this year, we went to work on behalf of an institution with an undoubtable moral mandate for action: the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda, final resting place for more than 250,000 people killed in the 1994 genocide. Aegis Trust, the organization that built and operates the memorial, wanted to make sure that visitors were offered not just a strong emotional experience at the memorial site and museum, but opportunities to help stop genocide today and in the future. So we sent a team of user experience designers to Rwanda to figure it out.

With the help of the Rwandan people, they did it. In their work the team made use of an array of resources, from experts on museum design to their own personal observations at the memorial site. But they were most inspired by the young people who visited and worked at the Kigali site. In workshops and curricula, portable posters and personal stories, the next generation of Rwandans are figuring out how to convert the story of one of history’s worst genocides into hopeful action in their own lives.

Carefully observing these young people, the designers developed a model the Kigali museum — and all museums — can use to convert profound emotional experiences into action. They nicknamed it “the Inzovu Curve” after the Kinyarwanda word for “elephant,” because the arc users travel resembles an elephant’s trunk. Visitors to a memorial or museum first descend into a state of (often painful) empathy with the victims of violence whose stories they encounter.

Many institutions simply abandon them there; the Inzovu Curve instead advises them to provide additional experiences that lift visitors into a state of compassionate action. The model also identifies specific moments of reflection and transformation that will help equip all visitors to make a difference in the world.

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#FoossaFinds – 10 September 2014

Foossa Finds is on jury duty this week, so just two announcements:

  1. Join Be Social Change for Design Thyself on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:30pm 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.
  2. How is modern society and technology changing our experiences of intimacy?

    It is with great pleasure that I ask you to join us on Sept. 19th (from 7 to 9 pm) in New York City for a lovely little salon to debut the musings of an emergent community of thinkers, the Wisdom Hackers. In an effort to bring more raw and unformed narratives to the world – so that we might better witness not just the output of thought, but it’s beta process – our little group of Seekers will share some of what they’ve been wrestling with and engage you in discussion around some big questions.

    SEPT 19th – 7 to 9 PM
    BROOKLYN, NY 11211