Best wishes from the epNetwork Team!

The holiday season is fast approaching here in Germany and it’s the time we typically spend relaxing with friends and family, enjoying some good food and the opportunity to unwind. This year there’s no snow, and not much sun, expected in the south of Germany so some of us might go on the hunt for […]

Sierra Productiva

Sierra Productiva: Small innovations breaking big ground – by Julia Wachsmann

Take these tiny innovations and picture the change they signify for the life of a small-scale farmer – Amazing! Now picture that they become available for a whole country – I feel something groundbreaking is about to develop!

Rethink, Retool, Reboot: technology as if people and planet mattered

Technology as if people and planet mattered – by Simon Trace

With a short foreword of the epNetwork team: As member of the empowering people. Award jury in 2012, Simon evaluated many of the varied low-tech products and solutions entered. In his role as then CEO of Practical Action, he was able to identify the value and sustainability of these innovative technologies in developing regions. His […]

Why is it good to be a social entrepreneur? – by Christina Möhrle, FASE

So much has been written about social entrepreneurship that this seems a very strange question to ask. Isn’t it crystal clear that being a social entrepreneur is the next best thing after the invention of the wheel? But while our universe is brimming over with definitions of what it is and what not, the juice […]

It’s never too early to care…

Today is World Prematurity Awareness Day, an emotional topic as without adaquate care, prematurity can have devasting consequences for whole families. Heartbreakingly, figures by the World Health Organisation reveal that an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5. It […]

Trip to Zambia: Notes to self…

I’m thinking about increased border controls, about nationalist movements across the western world, crime against refugees and about the future leaders of our world which group has just been enlarged by the new American president. All of these developments seem so distant, yet they will without doubt determine the direction of all our futures. Me, […]

The Art of Storytelling for Social Enterprises

The art of storytelling is something that is perfected by Kenyans and in many African cultures. Every evening in many Kenyan villages, the young ones sit down and either listen to their grandfather or grandmother. I remember sitting in such settings many times with my late grandfather. He was a man of many stories, but […]

Hanno Burmester, das Resultat, speaking about developing and retaining people in purpose-driven organizations.

Is the entrepreneurial journey simply the search for the holy grail?

Interacting with social enterprises and entrepreneurs is always, always a worthwhile experience for us. In fact, it’s pivotal to our work in the empowering people. Network, because what we do is in our name. By regularly gauging the challenges this group of highly motivated individuals face, we can not only scale the degree of support […]

Impressions of the Award Ceremony in Berlin

The long anticipated Award Ceremony of the empowering people. Award took place on October 6, 2016  in Berlin. Winners and members of the jury from all around the world gathered to honor the best low-tech products and solutions and the innovators behind them. Here are a few impressions of the memorable evening:

We’re quite aware that this sounds a tiny bit corny. And yes, we’re going to say it anyway: We’re over the moon!

And because we’re still buzzing from the empowering people. Workshop, we want to share our day with you. Once again we held our empowering people. Workshop in the run-up to the empowering people. Award Ceremony on October 6 and once again we were astounded and delighted by the level of commitment and bags of passion […]