In a conversation with Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Tech Matters, on The Business of Giving podcast, the empowering role of technology in social change was explored. Tech Matters assists social advocates in leveraging technology for societal benefits. Fruchterman discussed how technology, though a small part of an initiative’s budget, can greatly amplify impact, and stressed the importance of integrating technological expertise into nonprofit boards. He introduced his new venture, Terraso, aimed at combating “data colonialism” and enhancing climate response at the grassroots level. Fruchterman’s vision involves creating a data governance framework for the nonprofit sector and championing open-source software as a community-owned and co-created tool for empowerment.
Navigating the Intersection of Technology and Social Change: A Conversation with Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Tech Matters
There are many tech people who want to do good for the world, and Tech Matters is the organization that builds the bridges they need to do the most good. The organization helps social change leaders understand what tech can and can’t do, and builds the tech solutions behind solving a social problem. And here to tell us more about this work is Jim Fruchterman, the founder and CEO of Tech Matters.
In the late 1990s, I remember quite vividly speaking to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector about the philanthropic potential out in Silicon Valley– from those making billions of dollars in what we now know as the internet bubble. And the response was pretty universal. “Everybody out there is so busy making money that no one is thinking about social good or giving any of it away.” But that “everybody” did not include my next guest who was there, and was always thinking about how technology could be used to best serve humanity… long before it became fashionable or was considered the right thing to do. He is Jim Fruchterman; the founder and CEO of Benetech.