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Keeping our network alive during Covid-19: Lessons learned and digital ways of connecting

The empowering people. Network consists of approximately 60 social enterprises, spread all over the world, from the Philippines to the U.S., South Africa to Europe, and Argentina to China. Usually we meet in person in different constellations 2-4 times a year for epWorkshops, training sessions, and sometimes the whole epNetwork cohort gets together, like at […]

“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 Year in Review – Through the Eyes of the epNetwork Team

With 2019 coming to a close, and 2020 ahead of us, we would like to reflect on highlights and challenges that have made an impact on us and (hopefully also) on the empowering people. Network (epNetwork) over the past year. In any case, the events in Cairo have been a huge highlight for us; the […]

The Future Looks Bright – a Spotlight on our Top 3 epAward2019 Winners

The latest empowering people. Award (epAward) ceremony held in Cairo in July, 2019 marked the third installment of Siemens Stiftung’s social development initiative which celebrates enterprises that have developed smart, technical solutions to remove some of the world’s biggest roadblocks. To honor the important work of our new empowering people. Network (epNetwork) members, here is […]

Thank you, 2018 – Welcome, 2019!

Last year, there were many activities in empowering people. Network (epNetwork): The empowering people. Onsites (epOnsites) in Mumbai, India, and in Johannesburg, South Africa, workshops on storytelling in Kenya and Uganda, empowering people. Expert (epExpert) missions in Peru, Colombia and India, group coachings in Uganda, and individual coachings around the world. These are more than […]

Rugged – tech Farming and Ferrying Success

At a time when climate change, growing population and changing consumption patterns have mounted pressures like never before to revolutionize the oldest human industry – agriculture, agri-tech companies are vying to take ‘smart farms’ to the next level. While high-tech unmanned drones, AgBots and the Internet of Things are taking over farms, developing regions still […]

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 […]

Financing for Good – Finding Sustainable Models for Social Enterprises

Financing is one of the biggest challenges to any entrepreneur. For social entrepreneurs – an industry which sees little investment, despite its high impact – this is an even bigger obstacle to success. To help get over this obstacle, empowering people. Network brought 19 entrepreneurs together in Johannesburg, South Africa, this August. These entrepreneurs, coming from Burkina […]

Help yourself to an ‘Aha’ moment in Organizational Development

Together with SEED/adelphi, Siemens Stiftung developed a toolkit on Organizational Development for social businesses. Why? Because we realized that many social entrepreneurs are challenged by leading a growing team and building up longlasting structures. Kay Eunkyung Kang works for SEED and was part of the epOnsite of the empowering people. Network in Mumbai this year. […]