We are a small company designed to tackle big problems. Together with our clients and partners we create solutions that have lasting social and environmental impact. We specialize in finding opportunities within complexity. Working with the public, private, not-for-profit and civil society sectors to:
Understand the systemic causes of issues facing humanity, identify opportunities where new or changed action will have the biggest impact, and design and coordinate efforts to implement these changes.
The Masses are Critical
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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.
A unique combination of human- centered design, systems thinking and collaboration
A collaborative process for identifying challenges, creating solutions and accelerating them to market. Open innovation expands the pool of innovation beyond typical sources, more efficiently matching problems with potential solutions.
The purposeful and highly coordinated efforts of multiple actors. It unites the resources and effort, creates the trust, and establishes the common vision required for long-term solutions.
Meet our team.
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.
As a veteran journalist and former social media strategist at NPR News in Washington D.C., Ardalan lead dozens of real-time engagement campaigns to great impact. Most recently she was the Senior Producer and Social Media Strategist for NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit, traveling across the country producing live events and moderating Twitter chats on some of the most critical issues of the day including community and policing, voting rights, education, and immigration. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.
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.
Roxann brings together the worlds of social impact and design thinking. Her background in mechanical engineering, business, and psychology combines the analytical rigor and empathy necessary for sustainable systems design. Prior to joining SecondMuse, she was a consultant at FSG with a focus on Shared Value and Collective Impact. As a Senior Associate at Jump Associates, she worked with visionary organizations to identify new markets, reinvent existing categories, and develop new sources of revenue. Roxann’s expertise in linking human needs with technological solutions has helped her clients develop robust strategies and successfully bring numerous products to market.
We believe that positive impact is a function of deep understanding, good ideas and effective action.
Here is the latest update from New York’s Next Top Makers, a NYCEDC program to support local manufacturing and hardware entrepreneurs in NYC. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Hi Everyone! What a crazy, wonderful last quarter of 2014 it has been for New York’s Next Top Makers. We have been busy popping up around town to explore what Making looks like in each borough of this fine city; we selected six Next Top Makers Fellows, hung out with the…
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