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Collaborating in a Sea of Unknowns

I’ve been recently contemplating on the idea of collaboration in the social business space. The problem is that traditional business culture does not advocate associations and sharing of knowledge. It’s every man for himself and one’s business IP is tightly guarded. If someone with ill intent gets hold of your data, they can undercut your […]

Co-Diseño que resulta en agua purificada para una comunidad colombiana

¿Qué tiene que ver un elefante blanco con la comunidad de Conejo en Colombia? A pesar que no hay elefantes en Colombia, la comunidad de Conejo tuvo que vivir durante ocho años con una enorme instalación de cuatro tanques de agua que servirían para acumular agua filtrada, pero que sólo funcionó durante sólo cuatro días. […]

Authentic Storytelling Can Boost a Social Enterprise’s Development – This Tool Can Help

Social entrepreneurs are always in pitch mode, and are often very active in promoting their businesses. Naturally, they mostly try to talk about their successes. But like all entrepreneurs working in challenging markets, they face difficult situations as well – and their instinct is often to minimize or ignore these challenges when discussing their work. However, […]

One Stop Source to Make Evidence-Based Tech & Procurement Decisions

If you were asked to point out some commonalities between Western India and South of Haiti – will you have more points of differences over similarities? The former is among the more prosperous provinces of the world’s fastest-growing major economy, the latter has been in news recently owing to adverse weather conditions. Geographies, demographics, economics, […]

Low-tech Solutions Fight Hunger

Hamid Oubir lives with his family in a small village in northern Morocco. To sell his produce in the market, he has to make his way to the nearest town early in the morning several times a week. If Hamid Oubir wants to avoid the fruits and vegetables from getting spoilt he needs to make […]

Soluciones de baja tecnología para luchar contra el hambre

Hamid Oubir vive con su familia en una pequeña localidad del norte de Marruecos. Para vender sus productos en el mercado, necesita ir a la ciudad más cercana a primera hora de la mañana varias veces a la semana. Si Hamid Oubir quiere evitar que las frutas y verduras se echen a perder, tiene que […]

Enhancing Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs – What Should Financial Institutions Do?

Entrepreneurs can be segmented along several dimensions such as education, experience, income and geographic location. While these characteristics are certainly important, one key, often-overlooked characteristic is gender. While enterprises play a crucial role in economic development, the financial (and other) needs of those enterprises are all too frequently ignored. And this is particularly true for […]

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.