Awesome Queer Kids Stuff, Designing Financial Empowerment, New Power, Ovarian Cancer Project, and More

Summer salutations from David Colby and Lee-Sean of Foossa. We are having an eventful June:

Lee-Sean is offering another edition of his Visual Storytelling workshop on July 18 in NYC. He recently taught a movement workshop at ITP Camp about kinesthetic conversations.

What are you working on? And how could we help? We would love to hear from you.

Awesome NYC: Queer Kid Stuff

In our capacity as trustees of the Awesome Foundation New York, we are pleased to announce that this month’s $1,000 grant will be going to Queer Kid Stuff, a new educational webseries creating LGBTQ+ videos for kids. Queer representation and content for children is scarce and Queer Kid Stuff aims to eliminate stigma by educating future generations through free and entertaining videos. The project allows young people to have access to a queer resource that is specifically made for them.

This AwesomeNYC grant will go directly toward producing the first full season of Queer Kid Stuff’s educational videos.

Learn more about this project on the Awesome Foundation website

Designing for Financial Empowerment

Designing for Financial Empowerment (DFE) is a cross-sector collaboration between the City of New York, Citi Community Development and the Parsons DESIS Lab to explore how service design can be used to make public sector financial empowerment services more effective and accessible. This landmark initiative challenges the cycle of poverty by holistically examining current public policy and services; understanding the interrelated needs of New York City’s most vulnerable populations; and enabling community members to participate in the co-design of the very services that they use, alongside policymakers, advocates and service providers.

We have been working as design leads for the financial counseling project in the DFE portfolio since last December.

Learn more about this project on the Core77 site.

New Power

We are working with Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms on building community and conducting research on new power for their upcoming book, which is scheduled for publication by Penguin Random House in 2017.

The book will build on their Harvard Business Review article“Understanding New Power,” a popular TED talk on the subject, and an unfolding debate in business, media and politics.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

The Ovarian Cancer Project

We recently helped our friends at GreenHouse and the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation to launch the Ovarian Cancer Project. Foossa helped design the visual identity and web presence for the project.
The Ovarian Cancer Project aims to build a comprehensive resource for women struggling with ovarian cancer, their families, and those who support them. Learn more and participate here.

Workshop: Visual Storytelling (July 18 in NYC)

Join Foossa’s Lee-Sean Huang and Be Social Change on Monday, July 18 from7 to 9 pm for Visual Storytelling: Foundational Skills of Digital Communication & Design.



AuthorLee-Sean Huang

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