Foossa Press & Media Kit


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Updated May 2014

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Foossa Press & Media Kit

  1. 1. Press & Media Kit We are spirit animals for social innovation strategy and community-centered design Discover ! Working with diverse communities, we discover behavioral, cultural and technological insights and identify opportunities for innovation. Advise ! We advise companies, non-profit organizations, and public-sector agencies on strategies and methodologies to engage and co-innovate with communities. Build ! In collaboration with our network of partners, we build interventions that grow constituencies, shape cultures and scale enterprises. • brand identities • business models • participatory experiences • technological platforms • learning environments • shareable stories • social services • regulatory policies We work across disciplines to craft: Foossa animates community Lee-Sean Huang +1 (602) 326-8250
  2. 2. Press & Media Kit Lee-Sean Huang +1 (602) 326-8250 Lee-Sean Huang Lee-Sean Huang is the cofounder and creative director of Foossa. As a community-centered designer and social innovation strategist, he has devoted his career to fostering creative civic participation and building movements for the common good. ! He was previously the founding member of the design practice at Purpose, creative director of Meu Rio and a co-founder of Hepnova Multimedia. He has worked on five continents and has collaborated with organizations including the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, the SEIU, the Dalai Lama Center, the Brazil Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the Grammy Foundation, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Tenement Museum. ! Lee-Sean is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts MFA Design for Social Innovation and has lectured at the New School, NYU, the College of Staten Island, UCLA, and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He also teaches capoeira at the New York Capoeira Center and is a founding trustee and treasurer of the Awesome Foundation New York. He holds a bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard and a master's from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.
  3. 3. One definition of a designer is someone who creates meaning. Cheryl Heller cites Lee-Sean Huang’s definition of a designer in her article “Where Design is Going and How to Be There,” published in How Magazine and by the AIGA. Cheryl is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA, where Lee-Sean is also a faculty member. ! how-to-be-there/ “ Press & Media Kit Lee-Sean featured in the SVA course catalog. Lee-Sean Huang +1 (602) 326-8250
  4. 4. Press & Media Kit Besides stimulating my creativity, immersion in a different culture and working in a foreign language have heightened my sense of mindfulness and empathy, reminded me of the virtue of humility, and taught me a few things about what it means to innovate. Lee-Sean discusses lessons learned about design and innovation while he was working in Brazil. ! lessons-from-the-social-innovation- hotbed-of-brazil “ Lee-Sean Huang +1 (602) 326-8250
  5. 5. Press & Media Kit We call it 'New Giving’— you don't have to be a Rockefeller or have your name on a building to be able to do this sort of thing. It's accessible to anybody Lee-Sean discusses the Awesome Foundation in ! The Awesome Foundation is worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe through monthly micro-grants to artistic, entrepreneurial, and community projects. Lee-Sean is a founding trustee, treasurer, and dean emeritus of the New York chapter of the Awesome Foundation. “ Lee-Sean Huang +1 (602) 326-8250
  6. 6. Press & Media Kit Designers are respectful of context. We’re respectful of the languages people are speaking. But there’s also nothing we won’t touch. ! It’s an act of courage to step outside of your world and into somebody else’s, especially if you don’t know how everything works there. ! Good designers model that behavior for others. Lee-Sean was interviewed by Andrew Benedict-Nelson of the Insight Labs as part of their Law 2023 project, which explored the future of the legal profession. ! The Insight Labs is a pro bono strategy development think tank for non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and government agencies. ! take-in-your-context-by-design/ “ Lee-Sean Huang +1 (602) 326-8250
  7. 7. Press & Media Kit I think of UX design as both applied craft and liberal art…UX designers have the ability to craft and make things in their particular area of expertise…but the discipline is fundamentally about people in social and environmental contexts. ! UX design is sort of like rhetoric in a classical liberal arts education. It builds ways to frame our understanding of something with the aim of motivating and persuading people (“users”) around a certain point of view. Lee-Sean Huang explains his take on the potential of UX (User Experience) design in an interview about an upcoming UX for Good design challenge in Rwanda. ! UX for Good is an effort to push design as far as it can go: past forms, interactions and experiences to complex human systems, and beyond attractive, effective and elegant to deeply impactful. ! understanding/ “ Lee-Sean Huang +1 (602) 326-8250
  8. 8. Press & Media Kit Make positive use of negative space. ! Silence is negative space in time. Lee-Sean gave an Ignite talk entitled “It’s Cool to be Flat” at the O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo New York in 2009, years before the “flat design” trend swept the tech industry. ! v=mgUBvsW9ZQU “ Lee-Sean Huang +1 (602) 326-8250