»In the process of design, there are manifold challenges and the pure pleasure of creating. Best conditions to get to know and develop your potency.«

Isabelle Dechamps, c/o

be able

be able e.V. is a nonprofit organization based in Berlin focusing on inclusion and empowerment of marginalized social groups through design.

2010 product designer Isabelle Dechamps developed the education concept be able in coorperation with a sheltered workplace for people with disabilities. The participants experienced self-confidence while designing products that were based on their own ideas.

This award-winning concept developed into a catalyst for social design and is currently operating in a network of designers, staff developers, social workers and others throughout Germany.

Our seminars, workshops and projects are designed for socially negleted people and diverse companies. Our creative process contributes to overcome the fear of contact, prejudices and insecurity between different social groups, therefore we raise awareness for the high potentials in integration.


Design Empowerment: social inclusion and integration of socially disadvantaged individuals

boost participants' self-confidence

preserve traditional craft techniques: Modern interpretation and application of classic techniques and materials

support community engagement of participating companies and their employees

development of sustainable consumerism: high-quality production in sheltered workshops using environmentally responsible materials

Who are we?

be able is a creative collective for inclusion and integration of socially disadvantaged people through design. In 2010 the social designer Isabelle Dechamps developed the award-winning educational concept of be able in cooperation with a workshop for people with disabilities. The aim was to stimulate the creativity of the individuals, to increase their self-esteem and strengthening their social skills by enableing them to design their own products.

. Since then, the innovative approach has been steadily developed for diverse stakeholder groups and has proven to be a catalyst for creativity, social skills and inclusion. As a non-profit organization, we work throughout Germany with a competent network of designers, personnel developers and other experts.

Core Team

The core team is the operational heart of our organisation. We conceive, guide and lead the educational formats and form our network for social design and inclusion.

Founder, Project Lead, Design Thinking 

Isabelle Dechamps

Craftsmenship, Project Lead, Space and Furniture Design

Ferdinand Pechmann

Product Development, Design Thinking

Yi-Cong Lu

Design Facilitation, PR

Amélie Cayré

be able e.V.

be able operates as a non profit organisation. 

Executive Board

Benedikt Dechamps

(copy 2)

Executive Board

Ferdinand Pechmann

 Executive Board

Isabelle Dechamps

Madita Best


Kathinka Best

Legal Advice

Astrid Roettgen

Further be able associates

In our projects we collaborate with a wide network of enablers from diverse backgrounds and competencies.

If you want to become part of our active community and get involved as an enabler, get in contact with us.