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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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How Drones Are Informing the Stories We Produce

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As storytellers, we had an eye in the sky. When we set out to tell the story of obesity and malnutrition in Tonga and Timor, the DJ1 Phantom 3 drone we deployed on the field greatly impacted our production. Together with producer Andy Day of KeepLeft, we used a combination of drone footage and traditional footage to tell a multidimensional story, contrasting the beauty of the landscape with the dual challenges of obesity and malnutrition. This is…

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SecondMuse Magazine Issue No. 1

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SecondMuse is in the business of helping solve the world’s most complex challenges by understanding them and applying fitting, innovative approaches. In this issue, you’ll see some of the thinking behind our work and some of the projects that we produce to actualize network-centered innovation. So far in 2016, our work has taken us to Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Haiti, Indonesia, Italy, Serbia, Sweden, Tanzania, Timur Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Uganda, the rainforests in…

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Strength from our Ancestors, Ourselves and Each Other

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The vital voices and contributions of women in our society will be celebrated prominently this week. Convened by the White House, the United State of Women Summit is an opportunity to rally the collective brilliance of a diverse group to make a powerful difference as it pertains to women and economic empowerment, health and wellness, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation and leadership and civic engagement. I will be in attendance in our…

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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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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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