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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drone Journalism Lab founder Matt Waite flies a Parrot AR Drone for a photo in 2012.

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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