Category Archives: Systems Innovation

Carrie Freeman

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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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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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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Internet Freedom through Localization of Tools

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On March 4th, 2015 in Valencia, Spain as part of the Circumvention Tech Festival, the Localization Lab from SecondMuse hosted our second ever Localization Sprint. The goal of the Sprint was to convene a group of translators from the Localization Lab Community with Developers from the Tor Project and Globaleaks to translate Internet Freedom Tools (IFTs) into more than 10 different languages simultaneously and also to identify localization and user challenges while providing real time feedback...
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SecondMuse’s Year in Review: Green Chemistry, Making, Internet Freedom, Systems Mapping, and Social Change

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2014 was a big year for SecondMuse. We had the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of partners all around the world to create true social impact in a variety of sectors. This retrospective touches upon some projects that were particularly notable for us. Innovating Canada’s Future with the McConnell Foundation With its latest initiative, RECODE, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation infusing a culture of social innovation and entrepreneurship in post-secondary education throughout Canada....
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A Promise to NYC Makers…

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  NYCEDC is known for incubating amazing projects (many of which you’ll read about right here over the coming year). If you have any doubt about that claim just look at what has emerged from BigApps and the explosion of tech in general in this city since that program was introduced five years ago. Naturally, last December when we saw an RFP issued from NYCEDC to build a program that connects Making, new technology and the…

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LAUNCH: Green Chemistry Challenge

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At LAUNCH, we see a future where the making of things has a positive impact on human prosperity and planetary sustainability. With this SYSTEM CHALLENGE: Green Chemistry, LAUNCH seeks innovations that leverage or advance green chemistry to transform the system of materials and manufacturing to one that advances global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources. The current green chemistry challenge will run from June 18, 2014 until September 24, 2014. Up…

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Are we on the verge of a clothing revolution?

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We are at a turning point in the apparel industry – everyone from H&M to haute couture is asking how they can incorporate sustainability into their business models. From our work at SecondMuse we want to share some of our observations about what’s happening in the apparel and footwear industry. Consumers are seeking sustainable alternatives that are fashionable and are cost competitive. Price and style are no longer the only factors that consumers care about….

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