Entries by David Hoffmann

“No hablamos el mismo idioma” – Cómo se interconectan el lenguaje de las finanzas y el crecimiento de SocEnts

“Chévere” significa generalmente “fantástico, genial, impresionante” en español, pero no en todas partes. Por ejemplo, no es nada frecuente el uso del término “chévere” en España o puede encontrar gente en El Salvador que utilice “chivo”, o “chiva” en Costa Rica y “chido” en México para denominar lo mismo. Puede que incluso haya pedido un […]

“No hablamos el mismo idioma” – How the language of finance and growth of SocEnts are interconnected

“Chévere” generally means “terrific, cool, awesome” in Spanish, but not everywhere. You won’t usually hear someone in Spain using the term “chévere” and you may find people in El Salvador using “chivo,” or “chiva” in Costa Rica, and “chido” in Mexico. You may have even ordered a hot dog in Guatemala using the same term. […]

A More Sustainable Way to Better Support Global Development

At the empowering people. Network, we are often asked this question by our followers: How can I best support international development? In this article, we try to give an overview of several thoughts and approaches into this complex topic.

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 […]

Trip to Zambia: Notes to self…

I’m thinking about increased border controls, about nationalist movements across the western world, crime against refugees and about the future leaders of our world which group has just been enlarged by the new American president. All of these developments seem so distant, yet they will without doubt determine the direction of all our futures. Me, […]