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SecondMuse is an innovation and collaboration agency. We co-create prosperity by applying the art and science of collaboration to solve complex problems.

Al Jazeera Inaugural Hackathon

Join us in Doha this November for a chance to win $50k in prizes and awards! Travel included.

2014 National Day of Civic Hacking

Together, we changed the face of civic hacking. Thank you!

We Are SecondMuse

We bring together a multi-disciplinary team
across strategy, design and technology
to create high impact solutions for our clients.

The Masses are Critical

Download a copy of our latest report
What Institution-Backed Mass Collaboration
Has Taught Us About Solving Complex Problems

LAUNCH Valuation Report

Capturing the economic, social and environmental impacts of the public-private partnership between the NASA, the US Department of State, USAID, and Nike.

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SecondMuse understands, designs and executes collaboration strategies. We believe that the best way to solve complex challenges is to bring together a diverse set of partners and perspectives to create sustainable solutions. Our work manifests itself in initiatives, technologies and strategies that we design and execute in partnership with our clients.

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From strategy to execution.

Open Innovation

We scale and apply our collaborative approach en masse, facilitating and mobilizing initiatives involving a broad group of diverse organizations from public and private sector and aligned individuals to learn, strategize, design and coordinate action to tackle wicked problems.

Systems Innovation

Engagement of a diverse but focused set of participants and stakeholders in collective action towards a specific outcome. A structured approach to building a coalition for the collaboration process, with an open engagement format.

Corporate Activation

We provide a holistic approach to employee motivation within your organization, offering you a process and tools to unlock human potential and corporate efficiency through the application of the latest research in motivational theory.

Meet our team.

Joe Hsueh

Joe Hsueh

Partner

Joe is a large systems change designer, mapper, facilitator, capacity builder and innovator. He is passionate about applying the systems approach to build collaborative networks. He enables multi-stakeholder groups to see the larger system and identify high-leverage points for collective impact using participatory systems mapping. He has worked on topics such as sustainable supply chains, sustainable fisheries and collective action platforms with clients such as Nike, Walton Family Foundation and The World Bank.

Carrie Freeman

Carrie Freeman

Partner

Prior to joining SecondMuse, Carrie worked for Intel Corporation as Director of Sustainable Business Innovation pioneering strategies such as a corporate impact investing fund and developing technology market solutions to solve global sustainability challenges. Carrie formed the corporate sustainability group and directed corporate-wide efforts working with key stakeholders to ensure industry leadership. Carrie regularly speaks globally on the roles of technology, sustainability and innovation and sits on several advisory boards.

Todd Khozein

Todd Khozein

Partner

Todd is a pioneer in systems innovation based on biological models. In this context, he has studied and applied systems theory to organizational innovation, developing systems in industries ranging from medicine to entertainment. His interests lie in creating collaborative frameworks where the incentive structure, technology and human resource development initiatives align to enable innovation across hierarchy. At SecondMuse he has founded initiatives such as RHoK and LAUNCH.

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

 

Michael Brennan leads mass collaboration projects related to technology and social impact such as National Day of Civic Hacking and NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Drexel University where he co-founded their Privacy, Security and Automation Lab and was the recipient of the Jay Modi Memorial Award. Michael is passionate about catalyzing positive social change through open technology communities, socially conscious software development, and free and open access to the Internet.

We believe that positive impact is a function of deep understanding, good ideas and effective action.

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Hacking journalism with technology in Doha

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We’ve been working with the Innovation and Research Group at Al Jazeera to explore how technology might fuel innovation in journalism and news media.  The Canvas Media in Context Hackathon is the first event to come out of  our collaboration. The theme — media in context — acknowledges that there is much more to telling a story than simply conveying facts. How can new technology provide access to  the kind of historical, cultural and environmental…

Community-sourced Hardware Incubation via New York’s Next Top Makers

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Over the course of the summer, SecondMuse worked on the New York's Next Top Makers program to hold open call for NYC-based Makers seeking to take their 'works like' or 'looks like' prototype to market! We received 41 amazing applications. It was difficult, but we leveraged the amazing expertise of various community members to narrow the pool to six Next Top Makers Fellows who will participate in a Studio Incubation program from now through August 2015. ABOVE: 2014 Next Top Maker applicant, 360...

Media in Context: A Hackathon by Al Jazeera

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Today we are announcing a great project we are working on with the Innovation and Research Group at Al Jazeera!  Al Jazeera is organizing its inaugural hackathon focused on the future of media and technology.   The event will be held in Doha, Qatar this November. If selected, you’ll collaborate with some of the most innovative minds in media and journalism to imagine the future of news and information. We’re taking applications from designers, developers, media experts, and…

The Visualizations of Mass Collaboration

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When confronted with a monolithic table of numbers and words, such as that which summarizes the 2014 National Day of Civic Hacking, the default response of many is either confusion or panic. It is a well-established truth that the human brain is not well equipped to glean meaning from patterns and trends when they are embedded in spreadsheet form. This makes perfect sense! Throughout our evolutionary history, man’s life has rarely been at the mercy...

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