VIDEO: Lee Sean and David talk about Storytelling for Good

Lee Sean and David spoke at StoryForward NYC about how socially conscious organizations can use story telling to more effectively achieve their mission.


A few of our favorite reads this month


This researcher programmed bots to fight racism on Twitter. It worked.

“Despite rising concern among the public, social-media companies have had little success stemming the wave of online harassment….As part of research recently published in the journal Political Behavior, I conducted an experiment on Twitter to find out the best tactics people can use to discourage other users from using harassing language. In the short run, heavy-handed sanctions like account bans can actually embolden users who are censored. There is excellent evidence that this happens in China when the regime employs censorship.

A better option might be to empower users to improve their online communities through peer-to-peer sanctioning. “

Trump's Data Team Saw a Different America - And They Were Right.

“Nobody saw it coming. Not the media. Certainly not Hillary Clinton. Not even Donald Trump’s team of data scientists, holed up in their San Antonio headquarters 1,800 miles from Trump Tower, were predicting this outcome. But the scientists picked up disturbances — like falling pressure before a hurricane — that others weren’t seeing. It was the beginning of the storm that would deliver Trump to the White House…

Trump’s numbers were different, because his analysts, like Trump himself, were forecasting a fundamentally different electorate than other pollsters and almost all of the media: older, whiter, more rural, more populist. And much angrier at what they perceive to be an overclass of entitled elites. In the next three weeks, Trump channeled this anger on the stump, at times seeming almost unhinged."

How One Florida City is Reinventing Itself With UX Design

“We were given the charge by the elected officials to make the city more competitive,” Lyons says. “We came to the conclusion that like great companies, great cities need to think about user experience. That’s the biggest [innovation] differentiator. For cities, user experience is not at the forefront. We were a one-way kind of city, meaning we engage and deliver. So when you think of citizens and users not as customers, but as co-designers of those services, in the end you get a much better experience because it’s one based on what they need rather than what the government needs. Policy making is done as one track and implementation is done in a separate track. How might the two really influence each other?”



Storytelling for Social Impact

Four Week Course at NYU School of Professional Studies
Begins in March 2017.

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Design Thinking Fundamentals

Four Week Course at the Parsons School of Design at The New School
Begins in March 2017.

Design Thinking is a practice pioneered by top design firms like IDEO and used by some of the world's most innovative companies. In this course, you learn the methodology and develop the mindset that will equip you to better understand problems, unlock hidden needs, and design groundbreaking innovations to address those needs. No design experience needed!

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The New America Fellows Program is now open for applications:


Have a project that might be a good fit for Foossa? Or a conference you need someone to speak at? We are currently available for workshops, speaking engagements, and new projects for 2017. Reach out and let’s have a chat!

AuthorRobb Nanus

Video of Foossa's David Colby Reed and Lee-Sean Huang at the StoryForward NYC Storytelling for Social Good panel in November with Ram Devineni, Andrea Phillips, and Dan Bigman.


Storytelling can have a powerful impact on the ways we see and interact with the world around us. From building awareness and inspiring change to leading political discourse and impacting the laws that both protect and exploit human rights across the globe. 

This event featured impactful socially charged stories from award-winning directors, producers, and writers whose projects have tackled such hard hitting issues as acid attacks on women in India, human rights, racial inequality, gang rape, and the effects of genocide on survivors in Rwanda.

AuthorLee-Sean Huang



We are pleased to welcome Robb Nanus to the Foossa team. We also got some sweet new office digs at WeWork Irving Place!

A bit more about Robb:

Robb is an award-winning live event and digital producer. At Foossa, he will serve as project producer and strategist, where he ensures that our projects run smoothly, on-time, and on-budget, and that our partners stay happy in the sometimes difficult journey of co-creation.

Outside of Foossa, he currently works primarily with influencer/creator Max Emerson. Recent project include the six time award winning musical
Newton's Cradle, the Obie Award-winning theatrical experience The Woodsman at New World Stages, the Drama Desk-award winning musical The Lion and the sold out, New York premiere of Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk starring Kristin Chenoweth, the Orchestra of St Luke's and the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. He also recently worked on the Broadway musical Allegiance, primarily acting to build community and education opportunities with celebrity influencer George Takei and the rest of the creative team around the rich historical contexts of the groundbreaking piece.

Foossa is also honored to be a part of the ADELPHI Strategy Collective on big data and social innovation!

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Direct from our founders Lee Sean Huang and David Colby Reed


ETHOS Papers interviews Foossa co-founder Lee Sean Huang

What are the five most interesting things that you have come across or read recently?

1. Bruce Lee Podcast: Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and culture analyst Sharon Ann Lee (no relation) talk about the life and philosophy of Bruce Lee. Even if you aren’t a Bruce Lee or martial arts fan, the podcast goes into the philosophical side of Bruce Lee and is relevant for anyone interested in timeless wisdom the creative process.


A few of our favorite reads this month


The President in conversation with MIT’s Joi Ito and WIRED’s Scott Dadich on the future of Artificial Intelligence

JOI ITO: This may upset some of my students at MIT, but one of my concerns is that it’s been a predominately male gang of kids, mostly white, who are building the core computer science around AI, and they’re more comfortable talking to computers than to human beings. A lot of them feel that if they could just make that science-fiction, generalized AI, we wouldn’t have to worry about all the messy stuff like politics and society. They think machines will just figure it all out for us.


Marketing Melancholy - An interview with the designer of Sanrio’s Newest Character: Gudetama, a sad egg

AMY: I was eating a raw egg on rice at home one morning and thought to myself that the egg was kind of cute, but entirely unmotivated and indifferent as well. Eggs are phenomenal! The taste, lustre, nutritional value, and countless ways they can be prepared make eggs great, but for me, eggs that are relegated to the fate of being eaten also seemed despairing… They seem entirely absent from any effort or energy, almost as if they were sick of the competitive world around them.

The personality I was imagining seemed to me to parallel people in modern society who despair amid economic hard times and who are talented but don’t feel like throwing themselves into anything.



Navigating innovation in the Public Sector

Kit Lykkekoft, senior consultant at Workz, breaks down the current innovation trend within the public sector and outlines when each may be best applicable. Covered trends include design, behavioral insights, big data, open data, positive deviance, challenges & prizes and serious games.


Upcoming Workshops:

Storytelling for Social Good

Sunday, November 13
11:00am to 1:00pm
Adorama, 42 West 18th St

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Transformative Storytelling - Using Narrative to Communicate, Inspire and Active Your Community

Monday, November 14th
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Centre for Social Innovation, 601 W 26th St, Suite #325

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Upcoming Panel:

HARVARD IN TECH: Design Leaders in Tech

Tuesday, November 22nd
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Work-Bench, 110 5th Avenue, 5th Floor

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Upcoming Event:

New York Social Good HOLIDAY Bash 2016

Tuesday, December 6th
Wix Lounge, 235 W 23rd St, 8th Fl

Tickets and RSVP information coming soon.


Work with Foossa!

Have a project that might be a good fit for Foossa? Or a conference you need someone to speak at? We are currently available for workshops, speaking engagements, and new projects for 2017. Reach out and let’s have a chat!

AuthorRobb Nanus