Article, type “interview”

Drones and other robotics for social good: Five questions with Andrew Schroeder

Three robotics labs in Tanzania, Nepal and Peru put aerial drones into the hands of citizens to augment humanitarian work and foment small business. These drones and other robotics are helping to map land, assist in searches and rescues and perform other humanitarian work with guidance by a non-profit called WeRobotics.

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 […]

Fluechlingsbild in Uganda

“I’m pleased to see just how understanding and generous people are…”

The situation in countries such as Jemen, Somalia and Uganda is intensifying with the population facing acute shortages of water and food. We spoke to Kerstin Grimm from the DRK (German Red Cross). Stationed in Uganda, she took some time out to give us some impressions of her work there…

Fluechlingsbild in Uganda

“Ich bewundere, wie viel Verständnis und Großzügigkeit es bei aller Not gibt…”

Extreme Trockenheit, heftige Regenfälle und bewaffnete Konflikte: In weiten Teilen Ostafrikas leidet die Bevölkerung zunehmend unter akutem Nahrungsmangel und großer Hungersnot. Wir haben mit Kerstin Grimm vom DRK in Uganda über ihre Arbeit vor Ort gesprochen. Im Interview schildert sie ihre direkten Eindrücke und Herausforderungen…

Thinking outside the (service) box…

In 2012/13, Henri Nyakarundi won an empowering people. Award with his innovation the “Mobile Solar Kiosk ” (MSK). At the time, the MSK primarily offered a mobile charging point, which could be attached to bicycles and mopeds. The micro solution was used to quickly charge cell phones for people on the go, using renewable energy […]

Silvana Bonnet (in the middle) discussing with other workshop participants

“Diversity is the key…”

We talked to Silvana Bonnet, Communication Manager of Canales Asociación Civil, one of the winners of the empowering people. Award. The winning solution Videobooks in Sign Language enables deaf children access to literature and reading. The videos, created by Canales Asociación Civil, combine children’s books and young adult literature read in sign language, with voice-overs […]

epExpert service

“The hardest thing is to challenge your personal perceptions.” – An interview with David Hoffmann on the launch of the epExpert service

Offering the empowering people. Expert Service (epExpert), Siemens Stiftung  devises a program to support social enterprises, inventors and organizations that are part of its empowering people. Network. These often face deficits in knowledge and with workforce and are thereby hindered in the development of their products or services. This can, more often than not, prevent […]

Dr. Anil Kumar Gupta

Voices from the jury: “A great deal more remains to be done”

Professor Anil Gupta talks about grassroots innovations, the mobilisation of social and ethical capital and his role a s juror of the “empowering people. Award” The National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF) started functioning in March 2000 as India’s national initiative to strengthen the grassroots technological innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge. Its mission is to help India […]

Karen von Bismarck.

Voices from the jury: “Our philosophies are remarkably closely aligned.” (Repost)

The Technology Exchange Lab (TEL) is dedicated to bringing communities out of poverty by fostering the exchange of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions that significantly improve the lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid. TEL was founded in 2009 by two alumni from the MIT Sloan School of Management whose shared vision of […]

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. […]