Lee-Sean Huang is a service designer, futurist, and educator. He is the cofounder and creative director of Foossa, where he works with organizations to co-design programs and services to better suit the needs of communities. He also facilitates diverse groups to help them imagine and critically reflect on social and technological transformations ten to twenty years in the future and beyond. His current work focuses on community participation in the design of services and the implications of pervasive mobile technologies, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.
His design and futures work related to intersectional health equity includes: redesigning employee health and wellness for a Fortune 500 corporation, reimagining knowledge management with executives at a major pharmaceutical company, and working with New York City to design the future of public services that improve the financial health of City residents. His design work with MusicCares, the GRAMMY Foundation, and UX for Good to redesign social services for musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans was recognized with an Interaction Design Association Award in 2013. He also co-chaired the Measured.Design conference at the School of Visual Arts, which brought together public health practitioners, social designers, and funders, to discuss the impact of design on health outcomes.
Prior to co-founding Foossa, Lee-Sean worked for advocacy organizations Avaaz.org and Human Rights Watch, and was the founding member of the design practice at Purpose, a consultancy and incubator for technologically-drive mass movements to address the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues.
He has written for publications including GOOD Magazine, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post. He published “The Thinking Body” in the “Wisdom Hackers” anthology of long-form essays published by The Pigeonhole in 2014 that explored deep questions of contemporary life. He was also co-author of the political science debate textbook “Freedom Vs. Security: The Struggle For Balance” published by Central European University Press in 2009. He has been featured in publications including TIME, the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Gizmodo, and POLITICO.
Lee-Sean holds a bachelors degree in Government from Harvard and a masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. He is a part-time faculty member at New York University, Parsons The New School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts. He serves as a trustee and treasurer of the Awesome Foundation New York.