How This Civil Engineer from London Turned on the Taps in the Philippines

“Technology can overcome any obstacle when it is used to serve people and not profits.” – Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate The term ‘technological innovation’ probably makes you think about exciting emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence or Augmented Reality, but new technologies aren’t the only route to innovation. In fact, existing technologies, when applied […]

Building a Social Enterprise From the Ground Up – the Story of Imara Tech

In Tanzania, small-hold farmers face a lot of risks. They are disproportionately affected by poverty, severely impacted by climate change, and always the last to benefit from new technology. But, that paradigm is shifting. Farming communities are gaining access to threshing tools and machinery that can help them become more self-reliant with higher yields in […]

Structure Transparency and Accountability from the Bottom Up

A social entrepreneur’s journey is a steep and constant learning curve! For Guido van Hofwegen and his wife Lieselotte Heederik making a pan-continent move from the Netherlands to Banda Aceh in Indonesia is a testimony of that. With the aim to support the post Tsunami reconstruction work in Indonesia, the couple soon realized the massive […]

Sobre el valor de mantener flexibles las estructuras de organización

“Aprendí el valor de invertir tiempo en la gestión de la estructura de mi organización, ya que esto tiene un impacto directo en todo el personal y en el futuro de la empresa”, afirma Wesley Meier, fundador de EOS International y miembro de empowering people. Network (epNetwork). Inspirados por el taller de epNetwork sobre desarrollo […]

About the Courage to Keep Organizational Structures Agile

“I learned the value of investing time in managing my organization’s structure, as this has a direct impact on all staff and the company’s future”, says Wesley Meier, founder of EOS International and a member of empowering people. Network (epNetwork). Inspired by epNetwork’s workshop on organizational development in 2017, Wesley and his team have been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]