SECONDMUSE

We collaborate with organizations to bring new thinking and solutions to complex challenges facing humanity

We are an innovation agency designed to tackle complex 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 and civil society sectors to:

 

Understand the systemic causes of issues, identify opportunities where new action will have the biggest impact, and design and coordinate efforts to implement change.

A unique combination of human- centered design, systems thinking and collaboration

Open innovation

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.

Collective action

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.

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

Recent news

SecondMuse managing partner Todd Khozein presents at the Business Innovation Factory.

Todd Khozein: Complex Problems Need Complex Networks

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Courtesy of the Business Innovation Factory. Everything moves toward harmony, says Todd Khozein, a complex systems thinker who helps clients address dense social and environmental problems through the intelligent collaboration of diverse minds. The solitary genius who will save us with an a-ha moment and a miraculous solution is a myth. Instead, we must bring complex networks of humans to bear on our problems. “The trick to figuring these things out has less to do…

The organizing team, winners and judges at Space Apps Next Gen 2016 are all smiles after an excellent hackathon.

Hacking Youth Engagement for a Better World

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With buzz building like a baking soda-vinegar volcano at a science fair, this past September, nearly 100 high school students packed into the eBay Innovation Center in New York, NY, for the 2nd annual Space Apps Next Generation hackathon. I found myself surrounded by dozens of young civic hackers – most too young to even vote for the next U.S. president – brazenly exploring how they can harness publicly available open data in the name…

NASA's Deborah Diaz and Secondmuse's Katey Metzroth catch up at the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission.

#SpaceApps at the Liftoff of OSIRIS-REx

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Caption: With NASA’s Chief Technology Officer for IT Deborah Diaz at the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission There was a collective sense of anticipation and excitement at Cape Canaveral in Florida last evening as we witnessed the launch of the OSIRIS-REx just after 7pm. Together with hundreds of others on bleachers just outside Kennedy Space Center, NASA made history again. @secondmuse does @OSIRISREx @KennedySpaceCtr! We're all smiles with the @spaceapps crew! Let the countdown begin……

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7 SecondMusings in September

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September is shaping up to be a big month for us. Together with our partners, we’re tackling some of the big issues of our time. Sustainable palm oil production, climate resilience, and re-engineering aquaculture are just some of the global challenges we’re currently working on. Through the LAUNCH platform, we’re also focused on identifying global solutions in areas like chemistry, materials, and nutrition and bringing together diverse networks to support them to scale. Why do…

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