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The New Face of Innovation Takes Shape in NYC

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Four years ago, New York City Economic Development Corporation launched New York’s Next Top Makers, a competition pitting hardware startups against each other to win capital. The Shark Tank-style program was a typical model that celebrated competitive startups and the allure of a “winner.” Over the past three years, SecondMuse recast Next Top Makers as a collaborative program that enabled startups to work together and share best practices, resources and partners. The collaborative model also…

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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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Making Waves on World Oceans Day

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Today we mark World Oceans Day at SAP Leonardo Center in New York City. Together with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange and SecondMuse, we are launching our 360/VR Film Making Waves: Re-engineering Aquaculture in Tanzania. You can watch a live-stream of our event from New York featuring here. As we talk about the power of immersive storytelling for social impact we’ll hear from Lisa Truitt, SPE Partners & National Geographic Encounter:…

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Welcome to #SpaceApps 2017, the World’s Largest Hackathon

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Blake Garcia of SecondMuse is leading our global team managing Space Apps for NASA. Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about space come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space! The theme for the challenges this year is Earth! Blake shared some of his remarks from Space Apps in Rome this morning….

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Innovations in Tanzanian Aquaculture

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Women seaweed farmers from Zanzibar holding the tubular nets they have designed with SeaPower, a Blue Economy Challenge winner, that will allow them to grow higher valued seaweed in deeper waters. Photo Credit: Brett Garling, Cut Canvas Creative Key players from across Tanzania’s aquaculture industry will gather in Dar es Salaam on April 27, to think about ways to support and scale local innovators whose game-changing innovations could advance the future of aquaculture. “Aquaculture investments…

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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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2017: The Way We Work

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In the last century the world has seen an unprecedented expansion of economic activity that has generated material prosperity for many, but not for all. The prevailing approach to economic expansion is beginning to undermine the local and global ecosystems on which human health and well-being depend. The speed of global change can compound these challenges, but can also present opportunities to address them. At SecondMuse, we want to disrupt the prevailing system in a…

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SecondMuse Ushers In 2017 With New Chief Operating Officer

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Joel Carnes is key hire for rapidly expanding global innovation agency January 9, 2017; Washington, D.C. – SecondMuse, a global innovation and collaboration agency, announced today that Joel Carnes will join the company as Chief Operating Officer. Carnes brings to SecondMuse nearly twenty years of wide-ranging corporate and nonprofit experience in strategic and tactical management experience, during which he has led projects in fifteen countries across five continents. In this new role, Carnes will oversee…

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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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