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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 […]

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 […]

Digging into Details for Purposeful Impact

At this year’s empowering people. Network (epNetwork) Workshop (epWorkshop) in Cairo, storytelling for social entrepreneurs and a specific peer coaching approach called ‘The Systemic Swiss Knife’ were both a focus. Barbara Börner, a senior expert with extensive storytelling and peer coaching experience, worked with participants on both approaches to use them as means to further […]

La historia de TRIEX: nuestra travesía como “empresa gestionada por empleados y propiedad de los mismos”

Acerca de TRIEX y su fundadora, Ana Luisa Arocena Con la creación de TRIEX en 2001, se hizo realidad el primer sistema para la gestión de residuos peligrosos en Uruguay. Desde la caracterización y el diseño del sistema, pasando por la recopilación, la clasificación, la segregación, los diversos tratamientos físico-químicos y de acondicionamiento y, hasta […]

The TRIEX Story – Our Journey as an ‘Employee Owned & Operated Company’

About TRIEX and Founder, Ana Luisa Arocena With the creation of TRIEX in 2001, Uruguay saw its first system to manage some hazardous waste. From the characterization and design of the system, to collection, classification, segregation, diverse conditioning and physicochemical treatments, and distribution of waste to various centers, TRIEX is a pioneer when it comes […]

How Peer Coaching Can Help Shape Sustainable Social Enterprises

This year, Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Network (epNetwork) facilitated its annual workshop from July 9th – 12th in Cairo together with 35 social entrepreneurs from various countries in the world. Most of them have been part of epNetwork for many years, with around ten of them joining for the first time as finalists for the […]

 

A Cinderella Story of an Outdoor Portable Water Filter

Once upon a time, in the tropical land of Brazil far, far away, I, Ricardo Braun, a biologist and a filmmaker had an inspiration to build a portable water purification system for outdoor expeditions. In fact, the inspiration came after a relative challenged me to build a portable water purification system for remote areas in […]

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 […]

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 […]