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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evaluations Promote a Culture of Error: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

As charities or networks in the field of development cooperation do we allow some space for introspection? And consider our scope, approach and impact! Do we know if we are relevant at all? To get to the bottom of these questions that often pop-up in our field of work, Siemens Stiftung commissioned CEval GmbH to […]

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.

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 […]

Small is beautiful!

“Small is beautiful”, these words from Joseph Schumpeter, one of the most influential management thinkers of the 20th century, have always resonated with me. That’s why I love to work with entrepreneurs on developing their ventures further. And often I hear that these organizations should stay small (which in a way I agree with) and […]

Observations on leadership, sustainability and Europe

The last few months, and especially the last week, my thoughts concentrated on a group of about 50 people who went to Amsterdam following our invitation. Today I am sitting alone in my office and it feels similar to handing in my master thesis: I am relieved because the stress is over – but also […]