As most of you know, I am now actively engaged in reinvigorating Sphere, and damn happy about it. I’m also happy to report that I have hired Lynn Komlenic for our Project Manager position. Originally, I had thought to call this position Project Coordinator; however, given the level of work that we have been performing, “coordinator” just didn’t cut it. Lynn is new to the Asheville area but has a long history of contributing to start-ups with purposeful missions, so please join me in welcoming her. You will get to hear more from Lynn over the next few months as we share the responsibility of this blog.
So, what have we been up to? First, Asheville business coach Jacob Barrocas made clear to us the importance of having a well-defined mission, vision, values, goals, etc. We knew there was power in this, but didn’t fully realize it until we actually dug in. For the past couple of months, we have been working on all of this. Read more here. We have been a little surprised over the past few months how frequently we are referring back to these. They really do impact the decisions we have been making.
In addition, we have formed an advisory committee of some folks (teachers, students, consultants, etc.) – many of whom Lynn introduced to me through 1 Million Cups – Asheville’s entrepreneurial gathering on Wednesdays at RISC Networks – who are very inspired by the possibilities of Sphere. We are meeting weekly on Wednesdays and, with their input, are now planning some community meetings and a “soft-launch,” which will help us in working out the kinks. Currently, we are recruiting course proposals for awesome topics for our session beginning January 2017. If you would like to teach or know of someone who does, see the For Teachers page for more information.
Sphere also now has a toll-free phone number: 844-SPHERE1 (844-774-3731). You may refer anyone who has questions to that phone number, or our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s truly great to be up and running, again. Personally, I am eager to share some of the awesome teachings I was a part of a few years back in Phoenixville with the folks of Asheville. We are hoping for a very warm welcome from this community. After all, Asheville is the kind of progressive, artsy, caring and sustainable-minded community that just might latch onto this entirely new way of providing education.