All posts by Davar Ardalan

Monica in Mexico

Systems Thinking is Another Form of Storytelling

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As part of our monthly series featuring the work of our colleagues at SecondMuse, today we learn more about systems thinker Monica Price Cohen. Monica brings together a passion for systems thinking, facilitating collective impact and building community. She has worked with clients in multiple industries to solve complex business and people challenges. Prior to consulting, Monica worked for many years in the tech industry at Cisco Systems and has a strong analytical background. 1)…

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SecondMusing in Mexico

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Last week, we were graciously invited to spend a week at an historic hacienda outside of Merida, Mexico.  Our thought partners, La Vaca Independiente, a social enterprise focused on systemic change, knew that working amidst ancient relics would inspire us to pause, contemplate our work, and recharge as we planned ahead. As we discussed systems innovation, human-centered design, and emerging technologies, we reaffirmed our commitment to need-finding amongst global communities and the promise of virtual reality as a transformative tool for…

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Golfito, Costa Rica

We Need Unprecedented Collaboration, Q/A with Todd Khozein

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Todd Khozein is a managing partner of SecondMuse and a pioneer in systems innovation based on biological models. He holds a Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico. As we begin a new year, Todd shares his vision for SecondMuse and the importance of creating collaborative frameworks. At SecondMuse Todd has founded initiatives such as Random Hacks of Kindness (in collaboration with Google, Microsoft, HP, NASA, the World Bank…

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Made In New York, It’s Next Top Makers

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SecondMuse recently launched the third season of New York’s Next Top Makers together with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and our communications partner Imagination in Space! Six NYC-based hardware startups made it through a vetting process to be part of a community-sourced incubator dedicated to connecting independent innovation with local manufacturing production. As a program, New York’s Next Top Makers (NTM) is helping to position New York City as not just an entrepreneur-friendly…

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SecondMuse Spotlights Engagement Manager Lena Delchad

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As part of our monthly series featuring the work of our colleagues at SecondMuse, today we learn more about Engagement Manager Lena Delchad. Lena joined SecondMuse four years ago from the international development sector. At SecondMuse she has managed social innovation programs, with clients such as UNEP, Al Jazeera, World Bank, and the LAUNCH partnership with USAID, NASA, US Department of State and Nike. 1. How do you cultivate civic engagement through your work? By…

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SecondMuse Spotlights Product Designer and Innovator Roxann Stafford

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Today we’re introducing you to a new monthly feature highlighting the work of our colleagues at SecondMuse (2M). We begin with Roxann Stafford. Roxann links human needs with technological solutions. Her background in mechanical engineering, business, and psychology combines the analytical rigor and empathy necessary for sustainable systems design. Roxann has worked on SecondMuse projects around Internet Freedom, National Day of Civic Hacking and New York’s Next Top Makers among many others.  1) More and more companies are turning to open innovation…

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