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The National Day of Civic Hacking is coming to your city on June 4th!

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Anticipation for the 2016 National Day of Civic Hacking is at an all-time high. Friday, June 3rd at 12PM ET/9AM PT, as the countdown continues, Code for America, SecondMuse and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are hosting a #HackForChange Twitter chat and you are invited. Contribute to the conversation about how data for social good and collaborative initiatives like the National Day of Civic Hacking are dramatically altering the innovation landscape across the country. On…

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SecondMuse Honored with 2016 Core77 Design Award Recognition

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Connecting with communities, understanding challenges, and engaging to create solutions is integral to our projects at SecondMuse, including our work with Internet Freedom. We’re so proud to announce that on June 1, our Internet Freedom Needfinding Framework, which uses human-centered design to make an impact on a local level, was honored by the Core77 Design Awards. The Needfinding Framework was named a runner-up in the Strategy and Research Category of the awards and joins a diverse…

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Social Media, Social Change: Meet Matt Scott

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For SecondMuse digital storyteller Matt Scott, “social impact” has a double meaning. Not only does he have a background in driving impact on social media for non-profits and fortune 100 companies; he also has a tireless love of social impact for the sake of social progress. At SecondMuse, Matt‘s passions converge. Today, this communications strategist shares his journey to discovering the magic of digital storytelling and what he’s learned on the road to his current work….

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Chefs Help Spark a Blue Revolution for Oceans

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“I support the Blue Revolution,” says Anthony Parker, sous chef at the world-famous Port Douglas, Australia restaurant Nautilus. “I support a great environment.” Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing food production industries in the world: today, nearly half of the fish we eat are farmed. As the industry expands, it’s more important than ever to ensure that farming in the ocean is sustainable. That’s why the Australian Government, the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation X Labs,…

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Hacking and Hiking: Meet Eleanor Greene

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Eleanor works on the communications team with SecondMuse as the digital media intern since November 2015. She works with LAUNCH and other innovation programs, where she works on blog posts, website maintenance, social media and communications strategies. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Eleanor interned in digital communications in multiple fields including nonprofit, public media and government, and was the editor-in-chief of AWOL Magazine. When she’s not thinking up titles for blog posts or researching innovators, Eleanor…

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Your SecondMuse: Open Data and Unlikely Partnerships

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Data for social good is becoming part of the business vernacular and SecondMuse holds a dynamic space in that world view. For the past seven years, SecondMuse has pioneered projects that promote open data and open source solutions while forging unlikely partnerships between governments, companies, and citizens to address global needs. “Data informs and connects people solving social and and environmental problems on the global and local scales,” says Carrie Freeman of SecondMuse. A strong…

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Motivation by Love, Reward by Impact: Meet Heidi Hamlow

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Heidi Hamlow is the wearer of many hats at SecondMuse, as she works on finance and accounting, human resources, business development proposals, operations and project work such as in-depth research and writing reports. Before coming to SecondMuse, where she has been for nearly four years, Heidi had several years experience in business management and community building and has an educational background in natural sciences and education. 1) You’re passionate about the outdoors and have a…

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Keeping the Internet Open and Free: A Dispatch from RightsCon

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by Lena Delchad and Roxann Stafford RightsCon is upon us!  SecondMuse is excited to be back and attend this global event that brings together the digital rights community to keep the internet open and free. This year the RightsCon Summit is in Lena and Roxann’s backyard, in San Francisco. If you aren’t able to attend you can livestream from the conference site. On Tuesday, March 29, the event began with the Iran Cyber Dialogues. We…

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From Sustainability to Surfing: Meet Jeremy Kamo

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Jeremy Kamo is the Director of Operations at SecondMuse. He was a partner at Further By Design and worked with SecondMuse in various projects, including the LAUNCH program before the companies merged in late 2015. Jeremy’s work in renewable energy, education and healthcare projects have taken him around the globe, where he enjoys seeing different perspectives on the world’s biggest problems. Born and raised in Hawaii, Jeremy loves being outdoors and surfing, which is for…

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Sustainable Palm Oil “Big Think” Convenes in Indonesia

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SecondMuse is in Jakarta this week to kick off an innovation platform called SAWIT- Smallholders Advancing with Innovation and Technology. SAWIT means “palm oil” in Bahasa Indonesia, and considering a third of Indonesia’s palm oil comes from the hard work of over a million rural farmers working with small plots of land, SAWIT is putting local communities at the center of sustainable palm oil solutions. Today we had the “Big Think”, which is a convening…

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Seaweed aquaculture in the tropics – an innovation platform for the Blue Economy

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When we think about aquaculture we tend to think of fish farming, and in particular, farming fish for protein.  Much is made of the fact that, chances are, the fish you are eating today was farmed not caught. Yet aquaculture – the production of living aquatic resources for food and materials – is a diverse sector. Many types of creatures have been domesticated and there are many modes of making money in a sector whose…

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SecondMuse Dispatch from SXSW Create

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I’m at SXSW Create with the community of product entrepreneurs that make up New York’s Next Top Makers. SXSW Create is an arm of the SXSW Interactive that features innovations in hardware. Next Top Makers is an ideal fit for SXSW Create as a program that’s helping to position New York City as a leader in the new production economy, stimulating the growth of an ecosystem of Makers, designers, creators and manufacturers that is dynamic,…

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SecondMuse is a Certified B Corporation

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Today we’re incredibly proud to announce that SecondMuse has become a Certified B Corporation™. What exactly does that mean? B Corporations are a new kind of company that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps are leading a global movement of people using business as a force for good, so that one day all companies compete to be not only the best in the world, but the best for…

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