Over the weekend, CCTV America aired an interview featuring Foossa cofounder Lee-Sean and our Awesome Foundation colleagues Christina Xu and Jesse Chan-Norris. We talked about investing in inspiration and building international philanthropic networks to further the cause of awesome in the universe. Watch the full interview below:
Wisdom Hackers Reboot
How might ancient wisdom help us make sense of our messy modern society? Wisdom Hackers is a global collective of writers exploring big questions about the world in which we live. Foossa's Lee-Sean Huang is author in the collective and has contributed an essay on “The Thinking Body.” He and David Colby Reed are also stewards of the Wisdom Hackers community.
We have recently re-released the Wisdom Hackers anthology to reach new audiences. Subscribe to Wisdom Hackers on The Pigeonhole to receive a fresh essay from us in your inbox every two days.
Visual Storytelling Workshop
Join Foossa's Lee-Sean Huang and Be Social Change on Monday, May 23rd from 7PM to 9PM forVisual Storytelling: Foundational Skills of Digital Communication & Design.
Visual Storytelling is a broad term that encompasses how we tell stories and convey information visually, whether that is through designing a flyer, poster, website, or data visualization, or producing a video. Contemporary computers and mobile devices make it easier than ever for us to tell our stories visually. This course is an introduction for non-designers and people with limited visual storytelling experience to gain a basic understanding of how to more effectively communicate visually.
We will cover the basic principles of visual communications like focus, hierarchy, composition, the law of thirds, and more. We will start to train our eyes to better understand the visual storytelling that surrounds us, and a leave with resources to help us continue our learning.
Learn more and register here. Use code Huang25 for 25% off. We also have one full scholarship available. To apply for the scholarship, please contact us with a short explanation of your interest and need.
Tropical Drum, Dance & Healing Arts Festival
Our friends at the New York Capoeira Center are organizing a mini festival for Brazilian drumming and dance and Thai massage. If you ever wanted to try out these art forms, we hope to see you there.
Brazilian Drumming, Thai Massage & Maculele Intro Classes
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 107 Suffolk Street, 3rd Floor
6:00–6:30pm: Thai Massage Class with Al Turner (pictured above)
6:30–7:00pm: Brazilian Drumming Class with Amarildo “Popó” Costa(pictured below)
7:00–7:30pm: Maculelê (Afro-Brazilian Stick Dance) Class with Mestre Ombrinho
All levels welcome! No experience necessary. Please join us and bring friends for a festive celebration of Tropical healing, dance and music arts. Wear your favorite comfortable dancing clothes.
$10 per class / $20 for all classes / Facebook Event RSVP
Super Awesome: Bitter Wisdom
Ace Hotel New York
7PM — Wednesday, March 30, 2016
FREE WITH RSVP
Foossa is co-organizing Super Awesome: Bitter Wisdom, a new take on The Awesome Foundation New York’s Awesome Talks series. We’ll be hearing stories and advice from people who, despite setbacks and pivots, kept their aims true and end up doing something awesome. Confirmed speakers include the Lowline NYC, Plus Pool, and more. You’ll also learn a bit about how the Awesome Foundation’s New York chapter runs, and how you can apply for their monthly $1,000 no-strings-attached grant. Talks will be followed by a nice cash bar setup by our pals at The Breslin, so everyone can discuss triumphs and tragedies over suds and rye.
The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given up front in cash, check, or gold doubloons.
5 Year Plan Jhola
Our friend Aaron Sinift has recently set up an Etsy shop selling super affordable artist editions printed on jholas (tote bags) handmade by artisans in rural India.
The jholas feature design collaborations with Google NYC and artists like Donald Baechler and Yoko Ono. Proceeds from sales support economic self-sufficiency in rural Indian communities.
Transformative Storytelling Workshop
Join Be Social Change on Monday, April 25th from 7PM to 9PM forTransformative Storytelling — Using Narrative to Communicate, Inspire, and Activate Your Community with Lee-Sean Huang, Cofounder and Creative Director of Foossa.
Storytelling is more than a marketing tool. It’s a management tool.
In this class, we uncover the narrative structures and strategies used by social change practitioners and entrepreneurs for building community and inspiring action. This is a workshop for makers and social entrepreneurs who want to strengthen their skills in storytelling to transform themselves, their teams, and their broader communities.
Storytelling is a powerful tool for building a shared identity, for facilitating mutual understanding, and for facilitating collective action.
We will draw upon successful storytelling methodologies and strategies from the fields of social activism, marketing, and the arts. We will examine and decode examples of successful (and not so successful) storytelling. This class will get “hands on” with activities and exercises that will encourage participants to practice their new storytelling skills.
Learn more and register here. Use code Huang25 for 25% off.