There's #BlackFriday, #CyberMonday, and now #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a global day of giving on Tuesday, December 2. Hundreds of organizations have raised over $6,000,000 on Indiegogo in preparations for #GivingTuesday and on their way to raise millions more with your support. 

We invite you to this interactive celebration to listen, experience, and share in these organizations' impact stories this #GivingTuesday. Learn about great causes that are changing lives worldwide this holiday season. Vote on the 15 organizations that will pitch live during the event to win $5,000 (Voting begins at midnight on December 2 here). Enjoy holiday hors d'eouvres and spirits along with tunes by DJ Phi Unit 

*** 100% of ticket sales will go towards charity, as part of the prize money for the winning pitch.

Join us on December 11th for the New York Social Good Holiday Bash!

We’re excited to be partnering with Be Social Change to ring in the holidays and build stronger connective tissue among the people and organizations driving social innovation in NYC! On December 11th at 6:30 PM, join us at Wix Lounge to for New York Social Good Holiday Bash! In the great company of our fellow purpose-driven New Yorkers, we’ll be enjoying tasty snacks, drinks, and festivities.

You can purchase your ticket here: For a 25% discount, use the promo code “NYSGholiday” at checkout.

Save the date, invite your friends, and celebrate collective impact, new connections and collaborations with the New York Social Good community!

See you on December 11th!

Help us test CATALYST tools today: join the debates and tell us more about your experience with DebateHub

The CATALYST Consortium has begun alpha testing of the DebateHub, a collective intelligence platform for group ideation, discussion, and debate. DebateHub also includes cutting edge tools to help community managers (visualize and understand the social dynamics and argument balance of a given debate or deliberation.

Purpose and the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute have partnered with a several communities who have begun experimenting with DebateHub. These communities include Wisdom Hackers, a group of artists, activists, and entrepreneurs building an “incubator” for philosophy and wisdom into the discourse of contemporary living, as well as the alumni association of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. Catalyst consortium partner Purpose is also using DebateHub as a transparent and inclusive place to plan its spring campaign and upcoming testbed, in which the organization plans to use DebateHub as a platform for hosting a large scale public discussion about imagining the future of European identity.

We need your help to improve DebateHub. Please give DebateHub a try and give us your feedback by filling out the short survey, which takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your help. We look forward to your input in our iterative design process and product development.


AuthorLee-Sean Huang

Foossa in Istanbul & Tokyo

Later this month, Foossa will be going on a listening tour to Istanbul, Turkey, and Tokyo, Japan. We would love to meet up with artists, entrepreneurs, activists, and provocateurs of all stripes. On November 20, we will be co-hosting the Tokyo edition of the Wisdom Hackers Global Salon. Get in touch with us at if you would like to meet up in Tokyo or Istanbul.

Events & Opportunities

Avoid the #GivingTuesday Hangover - Free Webinar November 12.

Avoid a #GivingTuesday hangover and keep the giving party going through end-of-year. Join Purpose's free webinar to get some pro-tips on carrying #GivingTuesday excitement into online end-of-year fundraising.

Learn to apply nature's adaptive strategies to our urban harbors with BiomimicryNYC - November 17

Two years since Superstorm Sandy, the world is a different place. Everyone is talking about "resilient coastal cities", but what does that really mean? What can we learn from inherently sustainable and resilient natural systems? And how can we apply nature's adaptive strategies to our urban harbors? Register here.

Apply to become a Centre for Social Innovation Agent of Change. Deadline November 30.

Are you addressing issues of income inequality in your community? Are you working on a new mode of transportation? Is your technology going to change how we connect to local officials? We’re looking for any individual or emerging organization that is working to build a better New York City. You must be past the ‘idea stage’ but, beyond that, we want to hear from you!


Entitlement Might Make You More Creative (But You Probably Knew That Already) - @e_jaffe / @fastcodesign

Innovation is Not the Holy Grail - @SSIReview

Less Analysis, More Design - @MindLabDK

The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling - @Delistraty / @TheAtlantic

What Drug Dealers Can Teach Struggling Young Creatives - @GingerScott / @_collectively


Alessandra Orofino, co-founder of My Rio (Meu Rio) and Our Cities's (Nossas Cidades) network, speaks at TED Global 2014 about the purpose of mobilizing at the city level. 

Awesome Foundation NYC grantee Jeff's Stark's interactive play on the Gowanus Canal has been featured in the Guardian. View video and read the review here