Articles on the Network in general

Observations on leadership, sustainability and Europe

The last few months, and especially the last week, my thoughts concentrated on a group of about 50 people who went to Amsterdam following our invitation. Today I am sitting alone in my office and it feels similar to handing in my master thesis: I am relieved because the stress is over – but also […]

epWorkshop: Organizational Development experts meet Social Entrepreneurs in beautiful Amsterdam

“Think in roles, not in functions”, “empower your team”, “make concious decisions”. This is just a little selection of lessons learned during the empowering people. Workshop in Amsterdam last week. Within four instructive days, almost 50 social entrepreneurs and empowering people. Network members from Argentina, China, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, […]

epWorkshop in Amsterdam: Organizational development for social entrepreneurs worldwide

How can we deploy our human ressources efficiently? Which management style is the best one for our team? And how can we improve our decision-making processes? – Questions like these occupy many growing organization. The empowering people. Network by Siemens Stiftung wants to support social entrepreneurs in finding solutions for their personal matters: For an […]

The empowering people. Network made it! #impactengineered

The Impact.Engineered Event by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Engineering for Change (E4C) is the 1st annual awards forum for the highest honours in social impact and social innovation. This time the empowering people. Network won the award for Corporate Philanthropy Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

World Water Week 2017 – Reduce and Reuse

About 70% of the earth is covered in water but still 2.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe water sources. This leads to profound problems for agriculture, health and hygiene. By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. To face these challenges, we have to increase awareness of this […]

Drought in East Africa – and how Siemens Stiftung can help

Rain hasn’t fallen for months in East Africa, causing a dire living situation for locals. To offset some of the potentially catastrophic effects, Siemens Stiftung works with communities on the establishment of safe water kiosks in Kenya and Uganda. Caroline Weimann, project manager at the foundation, has just been onsite and reports how this technical […]

The Fabulous Fish Farm – a project by Alan Fleming

A fish farm in a container set to transform South Africa’s aquaculture industry? Sounds crazy. But there is one in a township doing just this. And it can be run on solar energy. This is Alan Fleming’s vision and what he’s been working on for the last five years – step by step. Townships are […]

Technik hilft Menschen

Unternehmer mit Innovation und Vision können Großes für Menschen bewegen. Das war schon früher so – zum Beispiel bei Werner von Siemens. Ein Gespräch. Die eine: Ururenkelin eines der größten Unternehmer des 19. Jahrhunderts. Der andere: Gründer eines Startup. Nathalie von Siemens und Lennart Budelmann.

TRIEX – a story of sustainable entrepreneurship

The TRIEX Gestión de Residuos project, launched in 2001, was the result of an initiative by chemists Ana and Ruben, who were concerned about the lack of proper hazardous waste management in Uruguay. The personal experiences of Ruben in the sales field and Ana in the pharmaceutical industry triggered their interest in providing a solution […]

Spinning straw into gold…

Producing biogas from organic waste. Interview with Sameh Seif Ghali, TADE. Sameh Seif Ghali has been working in community development in Egypt for 25 years. Passionate about solving some of his country’s most pressing problems in rural areas, Sameh established the Together Association for Development and Environment (TADE), an association that develops low-cost community-based projects […]