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The Role of Digitalization for Inclusive Business: A Recipe for Inclusion or Further Marginalization?

With increasing interest in digitalization in Western economies one question arises: How may digital technologies reach out and have a transformative role in developing economies to address societal challenges of fundamental nature? Dr. Eugenia Rosca and her colleagues at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany, set out to explore this question and conducted several studies in an […]

Holacracy: A Big Bang Approach to Self-Organization

Holacracy! A turnkey system for self-organization. Looking at multinational corporations like ENGIE to SMEs like the BoP innovation Center or Springest, I have had the privilege to be both an observer of the implementation of Holacracy and a first-hand user at the BoP Innovation Center where I was working. Despite a fair bit of criticism […]

Hardware isn’t hard, is it?

Being self-employed is not always easy – certainly not as a social entrepreneur. Evaptainer is a empowering people. Network member who has only recently experienced at first-hand how quickly the tide can turn. In our blog Quang D. Truong, co-founder of Evaptainer, tells us their story.

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 […]

Help yourself to an ‘Aha’ moment in Organizational Development

Together with SEED/adelphi, Siemens Stiftung developed a toolkit on Organizational Development for social businesses. Why? Because we realized that many social entrepreneurs are challenged by leading a growing team and building up longlasting structures. Kay Eunkyung Kang works for SEED and was part of the epOnsite of the empowering people. Network in Mumbai this year. […]

Ricardo Braun presents “Zikomo Zambia” – a documentary film

In November 2016 the Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) Co-Design Summit, hosted by the D-Lab of MIT, took place in Kafue and Naboye, Zambia. The empowering people. Network is a member of the Alliance and was part of the event. Thanks to the empowering people. Network, Ricardo Braun, Brazilian biologist and filmmaker, could attend the Summit. […]

Understanding the inclusive business landscape

As a result of increased interest in inclusive business initiatives, a large number of hubs, networks and programs (HNP) have emerged to provide technical advice and support services to entrepreneurs, multinationals, impact investors and ventures at different stages of development. These HNP differ in terms of services offered, beneficiaries targeted, scope, thematic and geographical focus, […]

Conviction and resilience to promote science and technology among children and youth in Mexico

Mexico is the 12th largest economy in world, occupying the 7th spot in car manufacturing and the 10th in electronics exports. All in all, Mexico’s output of value added assets place it at number 8 in the global manufacturing sector. The country is an engineering powerhouse … with a caveat: the average engineer in Mexico […]

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 […]

Interview: How we learned to speak “social finance”

How does a social enterprise embark on the trip to raise growth capital? How do you effectively communicate with potential impact investors? What are the main challenges on your track to success? Felix Benjamin Schäfer of Bürgerwerke eG – a German cooperative for independent, regional providers of renewable energy – has mastered this thrilling journey. […]