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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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Defenders of Internet Freedom Unite in Valencia, Spain

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When 700+ human rights activists, technologists, policy makers, researchers and designers come together for the Internet Freedom Festival, lots of amazingness happens… Tools such as DASH which is a new(ish) cryptocurrency with the capacity for instantaneous transaction are introduced Tool developers that have paved the way for this movement such as Tor Project and CGI Proxy share their latest and get critical feedback from the community Funders have the chance to connect with each other,…

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#BlueRevolution: Crowdsourcing Ocean Conservation

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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 we’re launching a campaign today to crowdsource new techniques for the cultivation and conservation of our ocean’s resources. The goal of the Blue Economy Challenge is to encourage innovations that will revolutionise aquaculture…

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A New Alliance: SecondMuse and Further By Design

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Imagine a series of virtual high-fives when Ikea announced it was planning to use biodegradable mushroom-based packaging instead of polystyrene in an effort to be more eco-friendly. It happens that the mushroom-based material Ikea is embracing was invented by Ecovative, an innovator that Further By Design and SecondMuse have helped accelerate. The companies have worked together for six years on solving complex societal and environmental challenges through a systemic approach, including founding the award-winning LAUNCH…

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Systems Thinking is Another Form of Storytelling

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As part of our monthly series featuring the work of our colleagues at SecondMuse, today we learn more about systems thinker Monica Price Cohen. Monica brings together a passion for systems thinking, facilitating collective impact and building community. She has worked with clients in multiple industries to solve complex business and people challenges. Prior to consulting, Monica worked for many years in the tech industry at Cisco Systems and has a strong analytical background. 1)…

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SecondMusing in Mexico

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Last week, we were graciously invited to spend a week at an historic hacienda outside of Merida, Mexico.  Our thought partners, La Vaca Independiente, a social enterprise focused on systemic change, knew that working amidst ancient relics would inspire us to pause, contemplate our work, and recharge as we planned ahead. As we discussed systems innovation, human-centered design, and emerging technologies, we reaffirmed our commitment to need-finding amongst global communities and the promise of virtual reality as a transformative tool for…

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