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Meet the 2017 #LAUNCHCircular Innovators: Transforming Design and Manufacturing with Feathers, Sugars, Algae, Circular Textiles & Smarter Phones

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Entrepreneur Alejandro Santacreu, the brains behind PuzzlePhone, has been welding and “disassembling stuff” with his grandpa since he was a kid. Today, his innovation is one of eight selected in our LAUNCH Design and Manufacturing Challenge, offering solutions to accelerate a circular economy using new design techniques and alternative ways of manufacturing and production. Meet the 2017 #LAUNCHCircular innovators: Living Ink Technologies – Making renewable and biodegradable printing ink from algae Colorifix – Converting agricultural residues into…

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Greg Spielberg and Katey Metzroth of SecondMuse presented recently about the Futureworks Incubator and Futureworks Shops programs offered through FutureworksNYC.

SecondMuse welcomes Greg Spielberg as Director of Strategy, Cities

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NEW YORK CITY, July 26, 2017 — SecondMuse, the global innovation agency with clients like NASA, Nike, World Bank Group and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), announced today that they are hiring Greg Spielberg as Director of Strategy, Cities. Spielberg previously served as founder of NYC-based Imagination in Space, a storytelling agency and a close SecondMuse collaborator. He will continue to help spearhead SecondMuse’s work on FutureworksNYC, part of NYCEDC’s portfolio of advanced…

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The search is on for the Asia-Pacific’s most innovative businesses

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This week, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced the launch of the Frontier Innovators program at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange in Canberra. An initiative of DFAT iXc, and delivered by SecondMuse, Frontier Innovators is a search for innovative businesses in the Asia-Pacific that are delivering impact through their work. The program will select up to 15 businesses from across the region, elevate their incredible work,…

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Why We Innovate: Aquaculture Innovators Share Their Stories

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From Australia to South Africa, and from Thailand to Tanzania, since late 2016, ten game-changing companies have set out on a journey to reengineer aquaculture with their own sustainable solutions. In a new video series, each of these Aquacelerator Fellows sheds light on their innovations and what drove them to pursue the impact they are working toward. One of those Fellows is Jonathen Arul. Arul is the co-founder of Mawio Farms and partnering with Matthew…

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Happy Holidays from SecondMuse!

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Together with our committed partners, collaborators and innovators, we’re tackling some of the biggest challenges of our time including food security, climate resilience, re-engineering aquaculture, sustainable palm oil production as well as disrupting how we reuse, recover and recycle waste. Our work addressing women and girls in STEM, incubating advanced manufacturing and building capacity for innovators has taken us from the five boroughs of New York City to some 20 countries around the world from…

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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…

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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…

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Infographic: How the Blue Economy Challenge is Re-engineering Aquaculture

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In early 2016, the Blue Economy Challenge partners launched a call for ideas that would revolutionize the relationship between seafood and ocean health. 220 applicants from 41 countries answered that call with a breathtaking range of innovations— Julia Luthringer of Conservation X Labs visualized the submissions in the infographic below. We are proud to introduce the 20 finalists today— read about them here!

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America Rolled up Her Sleeves and Hacked For Change!

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Civic engagement was alive and #HackforChange was trending today across America. The National Day of Civic Hacking brought citizens, entrepreneurs and local, state and federal agencies together in more than 50 cities to use open data and technology to address local community needs. Jen Pahlka, Code for America’s Founder, took to Twitter with her own reflections: “It’s so incredible to see thousands of volunteers tinkering, creating, and collaborating today. Thank you for all your work.”…

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