048, Astrid Scholz, Sphaera | Unleashing $100 Billion in Value for Social Impact

048, Astrid Scholz, Sphaera | Unleashing $100 Billion in Value for Social Impact

If there were ever an industry that is ripe for disruption, it’s what we might call the social change industry – charitable organizations, NGOs, government organizations and other change makers. That’s primarily because of inefficiencies of information across the industry. If only someone would come along to collapse the barriers to collaboration, think how much more social impact we could have.

There is a number attached to that inefficiency in the social impact marketplace, and that number is $100 billion.

Sphaera is a social enterprise dedicated to accelerating the pace of change. They offer a cloud-based solution-sharing platform. They collect and curate solutions (best practices, case studies, interventions, etc.) and make them accessible to other solution-seekers around the world.

Today on Social Entrepreneur, we speak with Astrid Scholz. Astrid began Sphaera out of a personal pain. As part of a 20th year celebration with an NGO where she worked, they brought together 50 bioregional organizations. They soon realized just how many solutions they had among themselves, most of which were locked up behind firewalls. They decided to do something about it.

It was from this desire for collaboration across social enterprises that Sphaera was born.

Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Astrid Scholz:

“We said, what if we started by making it easy and rewarding for practitioners everywhere to discover, share and reuse existing solutions?”

“It’s about surfacing the abundance of solutions and putting them into the hands of practitioners.”

“It turns out that that behavior, in aggregate, creates a $100 billion inefficiency in the social change industry.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”Every time in history that an industry has exhibited information asymmetries, it’s eventually disrupted. @ajscholz”]

“There’s something really interesting going on culturally and technologically that makes this the right time to try something very different in our industry.”

“The more services we sell, the more aggressively we act like any other enterprise SaaS company, the more social good we create.”

“Find a real world problem and a real organization that may need your help.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”Trust the pain that you are feeling. @ajscholz of @SphaeraInc”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”I was solving a pain and I ended up with a business. @ajscholz of @SphaeraInc“]

[spp-tweet tweet=”I believe in the competitive advantage of collaboration. @ajscholz of @SphaeraInc”]

“You have to be authentic and aligned with your values in every single thing you do.”

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About the Author
Tony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

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