We’re proud to announce that our very own Astrid Scholz has been selected to the MacArthur Foundation’s evaluation panel for their 100&Change $100M global solution challenge. A new competition launched today will award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur …
From Workshops to Webinars, Sphaera Adds Solutioning Capacity
Sphaera welcomes global development veteran Linzi Fidelin as Training Lead With 9 years working in 17+ countries, Linzi has worked across cultures, languages, and levels of seniority to bring about sustainable solutions for clients such as Care, WFP, and BASF among others. Specializing in capacity development and facilitation, Linzi brings a human element to her work that recognizes the individual …
New partnership drives social change ecosystem
Sphaera Solutions, a leader in social change enablement, and Induct™ have entered into an agreement whereby Sphaera and Induct will integrate their cloud-based platforms to create a novel social change innovation ecosystem. Sphaera and Induct’s shared goal is to accelerate the pace of social change by making an abundance of best practices and proven innovative solutions discoverable, reusable, and adaptable …
Questioning the Business of Philanthropy
Nearly every problem has been solved by someone, somewhere. The challenge of the 21st century is to find out what works and scale it up. — President Bill Clinton In preparing for a panel at the Skoll World Forum next month, I’ve been reflecting on that quote by President Clinton, the state of philanthropy, and the power and potential of technology — and technologists — to disrupt …
LISTEN: Sphaera’s story on Social Entrepreneur podcast
“I believe in the competitive advantage of collaboration.” Recently Astrid Scholz, Sphaera’s Chief Everything Officer, spoke with Tony Lloyd about Sphaera’s solution-sharing social enterprise on the Social Entrepreneur podcast. Have a listen here: http://tonyloyd.com/048/ Also available via iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher
COP21 Behind Us, Infinite Solutions Ahead
Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about the potential of the Paris Agreement to usher in a new era of tackling climate change, the pragmatists among us are asking “What’s next?”.
The commitments made by over 190 states don’t yet add up to the 1.5C target proclaimed in Paris, and many commentators lament the lack of an enforceable implementation mechanism to help government achieve this target. There is also reinvigorated interest and hope for the role of the private sector, but realistically, given the short-termism brought on by corporate charters and structures, can we really expect companies to pivot effectively and lead the charge?
Job Titles for the New Economy
In several recent online and in person conversations, I’ve found myself grasping for ways to describe the kinds of makers, creators, innovators, workers we’ll want in the economy and society we’ll need to build to live well in the 21st century. Here’s a partial list:
Social Data Commons (SODA): Connected Data for Social Enterprises
A new data exchange for the emerging social capital market is connecting isolated pockets of information about social enterprises and impact investments.
Global platform launched to promote positive plagiarism among foundations
A group of leading foundations and NGOs, including the Rockefeller Foundation, Oxfam and the Skoll Foundation have launched a peer-to-peer platform to make solving pressing social issues easier.
Sphaera (pronounced s’faira) is a peer-to-peer online platform that will collate the knowledge of funders and practitioners working to solve social and environmental issues around the world.
Organisations will share their evidence-based solutions and research within the portal, which will then repurpose the information into tools, processes and frameworks that can be used by others. In theory a solution that helps fishermen log their catch could be repurposed for healthcare workers to track and improve treatment of contagious disease.