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This November the "empowering people. Network" (epN) focuses completely on Mexico City where we organize a range of research and networking activities in the context of the Global Social Business Summit 2014 (GSBS) at the Tecnológica de Monterrey in Mexico City.

Our research project IRENE|SEE (International Research Network on Social Economic Empowerment) hosts two exciting panels on “Empowerment through Social Business” and “Social Business as Hybrid Organizations” during the GSBS Research Conference on Social Business on Nov. 25th from 3-4pm. #IRENESEE

Another “empowering people. Workshop” will bring together Network members from different regions. Social entrepreneurs, developers and academia will exchange knowledge and ideas on “impact measurement & reporting” and will also to learn from each others' experiences during Nov. 26th.  #epWorkshop

We also cordially invite you to join the panel From philanthropy to impact investing: Turning to investing in social business on Nov. 27th, 3pm where Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director and Spokesperson of Siemens Stiftung will be amongst the panelists.

Finally we would be happy if you join us at our panel discussion on Nov 26th from 5-6:30pm on

Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs – The role of Investors Researchers &


and the following networking reception (please register here). The discussion is joined by well- known researchers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists from around the globe and will start with the presentation of the results of the survey “Insights from an exploratory study on social enterprises and social investors in Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and South Africa” provided by the IRENE SEE researchers Aline Wachner (@alinewachner) and Tim Weiss (@TimsWeiss).

We invite all of you who will not be able to come to Mexico City to follow us @Emp_Ppl_Award  with #IRENESEE #epWorkshop at the #GSBS2014 for update information and results!


New on the epN Solutions Database


A low cost house construction technique using sand filled bags. Read more...

CTI Shredder

A food shredder for farmers and small enterprises.

Medical Rucksack

Cleans, disinfects and sterilizes contaminated surgical instruments using solar energy. Read more...


News for the "empowering people. Network"

Solar Power for Development

Blogger Daniel Kapellmann has been visiting our Network member Gregor Schaper's "Solar Reflector" organization TrinySol - read what he found there...


Technology for Social Good

Another great Blogpost - Danish Aziz had a closer look at "The Leveraged Freedom Chair" project in New Delhi. He was surprised what he learned -

Read more here....

The Medical Rucksack - A way to sterilize medical equipment using solar energy

Read the interview of the Co-founder Raphael Schönweitz on their interesting prototype and how they came up with the entire concept.

Read more here....

Simple but Intelligent Solutions for People with Health Restrictions

Under this headline the "empowering people. Network" presents it's first Webinar in cooperation with Engineering for Change (E4C).

The Webinar will feature Mathilde Iweins, Business Developer of OneDollarGlasses and Tish Scolnik,  CEO and Co- founder of GRIT, who developed the Leveraged Freedom Chair.

The Webinar will give insights about the ideas, functionality and social impact of the solutions as well as their entrepreneurial potential and perspectives.

Our colleague Carola Schwank will give a short introduction of the "empowering people. Network" at the beginning of the session.

Date: 10 December 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m. New York, EDT  

Register here: http://www.engineeringforchange-webinars.org/

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