Foossa June 2016
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:
- We are supporting an awesome media project to promote LGBTQ+ acceptance.
- Core77 has recognized our work with the Parsons DESIS Lab, the City of New York, and Citi Community Development with a notable service design award.
- We are pleased to announce our most recent collaborations: building community around new power and a storytelling and support platform for ovarian cancer patients and their families.
- We also recently appeared on the Access to Anyone podcast to discuss theconnection between Design Thinking and network building.
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.
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.
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 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.