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.

White Elephant

El elefante blanco

Según el Diccionario Oxford, un elefante blanco es “una posesión inútil o problemática, especialmente una que es costosa de mantener o de la que es difícil deshacerse”. No había oído esta expresión hasta mi visita a la comunidad de Conejo en Colombia. Todo comenzó cuando la fundación Siemens Stiftung y el MIT D-Lab decidieron probar […]

White Elephant

The White Elephant

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a white elephant is “a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.” I hadn’t heard about this idiom until my visit to Conejo in Colombia. It all started when the Siemens Stiftung and MIT D-Lab decided to test their […]

A Library for all

Edupreneurship #1: A Library for All

Edupreneurs are entrepreneurs from the education sector who are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The digital change especially offers many opportunities for advancing and reshaping existing analogue approaches, while developing new ideas and helpful advice that give children and adults access to education. This applies equally to school systems in […]

A Library for all

Emprendeduría educativa #1: Un biblioteca para todos

Los eduemprendedores son empresarios del sector educativo que están cambiando la vida de millones de personas en todo el mundo. El cambio digital ofrece, en particular, muchas oportunidades para avanzar y remodelar los enfoques analógicos existentes, a la vez que desarrolla nuevas ideas y consejos útiles que permiten a los niños y adultos acceder a […]

Development for Social Enterprises

El siguiente nivel al alcance de la mano: Potenciando el desarrollo organizacional para las empresas sociales

Los emprendedores sociales han sido lo suficientemente valientes como para dar el paso al autoempleo y comprometerse con un objetivo social. ¿Pero cuál es la siguiente fase? ¿Cómo logran hacer que la organización tenga éxito y construir unos cimientos sólidos para el futuro? ¿Cómo pueden crear una base adecuada para suministrar sus productos o servicios […]

Development for Social Enterprises

Reaching the Next Level: Empowering Organizational Development for Social Enterprises

Social entrepreneurs were courageous enough to take the step into self-employment and commit themselves to a social goal. But what happens next? How do they manage to make the organization successful and build a solid foundation for the future? How can they set a proper basis for supplying more people with their products or services […]

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 […]

Empowering People Network

WHAT A YEAR! 2017 with the empowering people. Network team

2017 is almost over and for the empowering people. Network team it was a quite exciting one. In this post Carola Schwank, Sabine Baumeister, David Hoffmann, Beate Grotehans and Alexandra Resch from the epNetwork team share their personal highlights and give insights into an eventful and joyful empowering people. Network year.