Newsletter March 2016

Super Awesome: Bitter Wisdom

Ace Hotel New York
7PM — Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Foossa is co-organizing Super Awesome: Bitter Wisdom, a new take on The Awesome Foundation New York’s Awesome Talks series. We’ll be hearing stories and advice from people who, despite setbacks and pivots, kept their aims true and end up doing something awesome. Confirmed speakers include the Lowline NYC, Plus Pool, and more. You’ll also learn a bit about how the Awesome Foundation’s New York chapter runs, and how you can apply for their monthly $1,000 no-strings-attached grant. Talks will be followed by a nice cash bar setup by our pals at The Breslin, so everyone can discuss triumphs and tragedies over suds and rye.

The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given up front in cash, check, or gold doubloons.

5 Year Plan Jhola

Our friend Aaron Sinift has recently set up an Etsy shop selling super affordable artist editions printed on jholas (tote bags) handmade by artisans in rural India.

The jholas feature design collaborations with Google NYC and artists like Donald Baechler and Yoko Ono. Proceeds from sales support economic self-sufficiency in rural Indian communities.

5 Year Plan Jhola on Etsy

Transformative Storytelling Workshop

Join Be Social Change on Monday, April 25th from 7PM to 9PM forTransformative Storytelling — Using Narrative to Communicate, Inspire, and Activate Your Community with Lee-Sean Huang, Cofounder and Creative Director of Foossa.
Storytelling is more than a marketing tool. It’s a management tool.
In this class, we uncover the narrative structures and strategies used by social change practitioners and entrepreneurs for building community and inspiring action. This is a workshop for makers and social entrepreneurs who want to strengthen their skills in storytelling to transform themselves, their teams, and their broader communities.

Storytelling is a powerful tool for building a shared identity, for facilitating mutual understanding, and for facilitating collective action.

We will draw upon successful storytelling methodologies and strategies from the fields of social activism, marketing, and the arts. We will examine and decode examples of successful (and not so successful) storytelling. This class will get “hands on” with activities and exercises that will encourage participants to practice their new storytelling skills.

Learn more and register here. Use code Huang25 for 25% off.