Foossa Newsletter May/June 2015


Foossa is moving to Long Island City, Queens. We will be fellows in residence at NY Designs from June 1 through the end of the year. 

Lee-Sean recently returned from Forward/Story, a 4-day residential lab in Costa Rica for storytellers working across disciplines and media. Read his reflections on the experience.

Upcoming Events & Appearances

Wasted Food x Wasted Space: A Morning Dialog over Breakfast
May 29, 8:45-10 am, First Street Garden, NYC
Join our friends from miLES, PareUp, 596 Acres and more for a breakfast discussion about wasted food and wasted space. This event is part of the IDEAS CITY Festival. 

New York Social Good Summer Bash
June 4, 6:30-9 pm, Wix Lounge, NYC
Join us and our friends at BeSocialChange for a summer bash connecting individuals and organizations driving impact and creating change in NYC. Get 25% off with coupon code "NYSGSummer."

Un-School of Disruptive Design Summer Fellowship
June 14-20, NYC
Lee-Sean will be a mentor at this week-long program in design, sustainability, and social innovation. 

Wisdom Hacking 101 
June 22, 7-8:30 pm, NYC
How do we draw upon ancient wisdom to inform contemporary real-world problem-solving? We will learn about five mythical "spirit animals" as models for modern innovation and examine case studies for inspiration for our own creative practices.

Impact Design for Social Innovation
June 23, School of Visual Arts, NYC
Lee-Sean will be a guest speaker at the summer program in Impact Design for Social Change. There is still time to apply.

Building Networks for Good
July 7-8, CAPS 2015, Brussels, Belgium
What happens when people come together to take collective action without needing traditional organizational and institutional structures? What tools and strategies do we need for these “Networks for Good” to thrive? In this workshop, designer, storyteller, and community-builder Lee-Sean Huang will explore these questions by drawing from his own experiences building international networks like UX for Good, The Awesome Foundation, and Wisdom Hackers.


The Our Cities Network is seeking founders to join them for their 6-week residency program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Calling all designers and nascent entrepreneurs: 30 Weeks is open for applications. They are also hiring a Program Manager.

Are you a non-profit looking for design assistance? Partner with a design student by joining Hyphen Lab

The Un-School of Disruptive Design is hiring a summer intern in NYC. 

Pre-order The Misfit Economy, a book on underground innovation, by our friends Alexa Clay and Kyra Maya Philips and you will be entered in a raffle to win an all-inclusive trip to Brazil.  

Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things - a free 10 week course in storytelling and game design from Columbia University

#StoryEurope is still open for submissions. We are looking for articles and other media about European identity and narrative.

Recommended Reads

Signal, Space, Structure: Designing for Communities of Interest
By Christina Xu 

Smart cities and the plight of cultural authenticity and Global Cities in the 21st Century: A Chicago Model?
By Foossa's researcher-at-large, Kris Hartley

A new kind of co-op: Hundreds to jointly buy commercial property in high-rent areas 
Crain's New York Business profiles the Real Estate Investment Cooperative