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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 […]

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 […]

The whole cohort of the epOnsite training in Montevideo, Uruguay.

IDIN entrepreneurs attend PIA member Siemens Stiftung’s epOnsite training in Uruguay

Three entrepreneurs and innovators from the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) recently participated in a Siemens Stiftung (Foundation) workshop in Uruguay, representing one of the several exciting connections MIT D-Lab and the Siemens Stiftung are fostering between our networks. Beyond building ties with IDIN, Siemens Stiftung joined the MIT Practical Impact Alliance as a member […]

epOnsite in Montevideo: The impact of peer-learning spaces on growing enterprises

By Clara Hidrón, Founder Reflejarse and Anais Mangin, international consultant and associate at adelphi Entrepreneurs are, by definition, creative, hardworking and determined people; they have a clear goal and will do everything in their power to attain it. This is perhaps why, no matter how much work it is, we feel so energized after working […]

The Ezystove

Making Life Ezyer

Right this minute a woman somewhere in rural sub-Saharan Africa is on a long trek. Not because she’s part of a nomadic tribe or visiting a neighbouring village but because she has to do something that many of us with modern conveniences take for granted – cook for her family. She starts her journey early, […]

Carola Schwank visiting D-Lab.

The „empowering people. Network” joined the Practical Impact Alliance of the D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Practical Impact Alliance (PIA), an initiative launched by D-Lab in 2014, brings together leaders from diverse organizations with aligned missions so that they may share learning, collaborate, and develop best practices together. ”Everyone is a maker“, that is the credo of Amy Smith, the passionate founder and co-director of D-Lab. […]