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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 […]

Listen to Your End Users for Affordable and Viable Impact

When do the most innovative ideas hit us? Isaac Newton discovered the Theory of Gravity when an apple fell on his head. Three centuries later, Albert Einstein formulated the Theory of Relativity after he fell off a chair. For problem-solvers, creativity and innovation flow comes to them at some of the most unsuspecting moments in life. Young […]

Low-tech Solutions More Likely to be Rooted in Communities

‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;’ a sentiment by English metaphysical poet John Donne in the early 17th century might well be a prophecy for our current times. We know that ‘freak’ wildfires in California do not have ramifications for the United […]

empowering people. Award is back

Do you believe in unsolvable problems? Or fight your way to the first spark of a small idea? Give your ideas a global platform and win a chance to springboard to a sustainable future! We are calling on social entrepreneurs and developers across the world: Apply for #epAward2019 – the third round is on!

Nueva edición del empowering people. Award

¿Crees que hay problemas sin solución? ¿O te abres paso en cuanto se te enciende la bombilla? Expón tus ideas en una plataforma global y puede obtener una oportunidad que les sirva de trampolín hacia un futuro sostenible. Lanzamiento hoy de empowering people. Award, un concurso internacional que identifica a emprendedores sociales prometedores que solucionan problemas […]

Nonviolent self-defense

La violencia sexual apesta

Un brazalete que emite un olor repelente en caso de emergencia y protege a su portador en caso de un ataque – con esta innovadora contribución a la prevención de la violencia sexual, el “brazalete invi” fue elegido como el ganador del premio empowering people. Award 2016 de la Fundación Siemens Stiftung.

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.

A bracelet to save babies in India

“Deutsche Welle” (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, has featured the winner of our frist prize Bempu Health (empowering people. Award 2016).

Solar Kiosk in Rwanda

Featured on DW Global 3000: The African-based Company ARED builds small mobile kiosks in Rwanda that produce solar power on the go.

OneDollarGlasses in Burkina Faso

The OneDollarGlasses e.V. association was the first prize winner of the “empowering people. Award” by the Siemens Stiftung in 2013. In the same year, ODG launched its first activities in Burkina Faso with the aim of providing as many ametropic people as possible with affordable glasses. With the help of the new glasses, it is […]