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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 […]

OneDollarGlasses: las gafas ofrecen nuevas perspectivas de vida a los habitantes de Burkina Faso

Los expertos estiman que alrededor de 700 millones de personas en todo el mundo carecen de acceso a las gafas, pese a necesitarlas, y que por lo tanto, están en desventaja en cuanto a  educación, interacción social y mercado laboral, debido a que son incapaces de realizar muchas actividades. La asociación OneDollarGlasses,  ganadora de los […]

OneDollarGlasses: New Life Perspectives in Burkina Faso Thanks to Glasses

Experts estimate that around 700 million people worldwide have no access to glasses – and are thus disadvantaged in education, social interaction and the labor market, because they are unable to perform many activities. The OneDollarGlasses Association, winner of the first empowering people. Award 2013, manufactures affordable glasses for developing countries, and has to date […]

A Library for all

Edupreneurship #1: A Library for All

Edupreneurs are entrepreneurs from the education sector who are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The digital change especially offers many opportunities for advancing and reshaping existing analogue approaches, while developing new ideas and helpful advice that give children and adults access to education. This applies equally to school systems in […]

A Library for all

Emprendeduría educativa #1: Un biblioteca para todos

Los eduemprendedores son empresarios del sector educativo que están cambiando la vida de millones de personas en todo el mundo. El cambio digital ofrece, en particular, muchas oportunidades para avanzar y remodelar los enfoques analógicos existentes, a la vez que desarrolla nuevas ideas y consejos útiles que permiten a los niños y adultos acceder a […]

enpact startup camp 2017: epNetwork members tell their stories

Two epNetwork members,  Dr. Omotayo Dairo (Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions Ltd) and Akah Harvey (Traveler) are Fellows in this year’s Startup Mentoring West Africa + Europe programme by enpact.

Drones and other robotics for social good: Five questions with Andrew Schroeder

Three robotics labs in Tanzania, Nepal and Peru put aerial drones into the hands of citizens to augment humanitarian work and foment small business. These drones and other robotics are helping to map land, assist in searches and rescues and perform other humanitarian work with guidance by a non-profit called WeRobotics.

Silvana Bonnet (in the middle) discussing with other workshop participants

“Diversity is the key…”

We talked to Silvana Bonnet, Communication Manager of Canales Asociación Civil, one of the winners of the empowering people. Award. The winning solution Videobooks in Sign Language enables deaf children access to literature and reading. The videos, created by Canales Asociación Civil, combine children’s books and young adult literature read in sign language, with voice-overs […]