About the Courage to Keep Organizational Structures Agile

“I learned the value of investing time in managing my organization’s structure, as this has a direct impact on all staff and the company’s future”, says Wesley Meier, founder of EOS International and a member of empowering people. Network (epNetwork). Inspired by epNetwork’s workshop on organizational development in 2017, Wesley and his team have been […]

Financing for Good – Finding Sustainable Models for Social Enterprises

Financing is one of the biggest challenges to any entrepreneur. For social entrepreneurs – an industry which sees little investment, despite its high impact – this is an even bigger obstacle to success. To help get over this obstacle, empowering people. Network brought 19 entrepreneurs together in Johannesburg, South Africa, this August. These entrepreneurs, coming from Burkina […]

Nonviolent self-defense

La violencia sexual apesta

Un brazalete que emite un olor repelente en caso de emergencia y protege a su portador en caso de un ataque – con esta innovadora contribución a la prevención de la violencia sexual, el “brazalete invi” fue elegido como el ganador del premio empowering people. Award 2016 de la Fundación Siemens Stiftung.

Nonviolent self-defense

Sexual Violence Stinks

A bracelet that emits a repellent smell in an emergency, protecting the wearer from attack – with this innovative contribution to preventing sexual violence, the “invi bracelet” was the winner of Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Award in 2016.

Small is beautiful!

“Small is beautiful”, these words from Joseph Schumpeter, one of the most influential management thinkers of the 20th century, have always resonated with me. That’s why I love to work with entrepreneurs on developing their ventures further. And often I hear that these organizations should stay small (which in a way I agree with) and […]

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 […]

Toolification: My personal journey in shaping the way we do business support at SEED

My journey with SEED and providing one-on-one business support for eco-inclusive enterprises started in 2009. I worked with enterprises from Kenya and Ghana on their business plans, which at the time seemed to be already quite advanced. Given the maturity of their business plans, I assumed that the people behind those enterprises had a clear idea […]

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 […]