Project 1800: Saving the SDGs – and the world

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, face serious challenges over funding if they are to achieve their objectives by 2030. America’s editor William Dowell writes that a Swiss-backed initiative, Project 1800, could not only solve many of the SDG’s financial difficulties but also dramatically improve the funding equation for other development projects. The new concept shifts the focus to …

Requiem for a dream…of an online impact investing platform

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With Audrey Selian and Jeff Tuller As the impact investing community processes the shuttering of ImpactUS, it’s time to acknowledge a painful reality: when it comes to building the definitive impact investment platform, we’ve dug too many graves. In the world of online marketplaces and platforms, system design is the equivalent of “location, location, location” in the real estate world. In order to move the proverbial …

Conscious Media Company’s World Changing Women in Business

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Conscious Media Company publishes an annual list of women in conscious business, and this year Astrid Scholz, along with Jennifer Brandel, Aniya Williams and Mara Zepeda — co-convenors of Dazzlecon — were recognised for their contributions. An extract from this article appears below. Brandel, Scholtz, Williams, and Zapeda are all co-founders and CEOs of their own enterprises that each exist …

Silicon Valley Round Table for the Global Vaccination Alliance

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Sphaera was invited to attend a Silicon Valley roundtable with GAVI – the Global Vaccine Alliance – to explore how technology can support them in reaching the currently unreachable 240 million non-immunized children in the Global South. Catherine Cheney from Devex took interviews with some of the delegates, including Astrid Scholz. Astrid’s interview appears below. “While it seems clear why …

Sphaera CEO voted one of ’19 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch for in 2017′

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Astrid Scholz, CEO of Sphaera, was recently featured by Conscious Company as one of nineteen social entrepreneurs to watch for in the upcoming year. Read their summary below: As an economist and longtime nonprofit executive, Scholz began to notice some troubling patterns in how the social change industry works. The ways organizations raise money, design and implement programs, and measure …

Female entrepreneurs launch XXcelerate Fund to help women-led startups

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This female founders’ story starts in a kitchen — but the women weren’t there to cook. Portland business leaders Mara Zepeda, Paige Hendrix Buckner, and Genevieve LeMarchal were sitting around the kitchen table discussing a familiar topic. They met regularly to talk about sales strategies for growing their companies. The conversation always came back to funding and how a lack of access …

Disrupting the Social Change Industry

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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). Astrid Scholz spent her last two years of high school at an international boarding school in British Columbia …

Funding matters, but it’s not the solution

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As a social change practitioner like myself, you may have seen the recent Forbes article titled: Is Impact Investing A Solution To Global Problems? Without going into a rant about click-bait title writers, my unequivocal answer is “no”. Impact investing is not a solution to the social problems listed in this article (i.e. climate change, resource scarcity, exploding global population …

Let’s Find The Best Impact Technology

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Sphaera is curating what works around #ImpTech. Come explore the collection of ideas and approaches to put technology (and tech companies) in service of the public good and the change we seek. Sphaera’s CEO Astrid Scholz has put together an initial solutioning board, and is inviting change-agents to come create additional building blocks or solutions, and share them here for all …