A Breakthrough: Our CEO's Path to "Disrupting the Social Change Industry"

The College of Natural Resources of University of California, Berkeley, in their Fall 2016 magazine, Breakthroughs, profiles the career of Sphaera's Chief Everything Officer, Astrid Scholz. She is a 2001 PhD graduate of the College of Natural Resources’ Energy and Resources Group (ERG).

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A common shortcoming of nonprofits and NGOs, Scholz says, is that they tell good stories about how they’ve solved problems, but do a poor job of making their solutions available to others. That’s where Sphaera comes in. It invites social-change organizations to bring their problems and solutions together on the company’s nascent publicly accessible web platform. The long-term goal: hosting a vibrant online community of more effective problem-solvers. “We need to figure this stuff out much more quickly,” Scholz says, “because the world is on fire.”
To fund its ambitious goal, Sphaera’s seven-member team offers its cloud-based subscription software to organizations that want to create their own online solution-sharing communities on Sphaera’s platform. With first-year revenues of $185,000, paying clients like the state of Louisiana and the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, and partners that include the Skoll Foundation, Oxfam America, Mercy Corps, and Ecotrust, Sphaera is on its way. But it’s still a lean operation: In addition to leading the company, Scholz earns her “chief everything” title by also doing the books and taking out the trash.

Read the full article here: https://nature.berkeley.edu/breakthroughs/astrid-scholz

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