Simon Marti studied business and economics at the University of Zurich and St Gallen, but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. It was only during his civil service in a refugee center did he find something meaningful that he wished to pursue as employment. Simon began developing his idea of having refugees collect laptops for recycling, and of training those same refugees in computer skills. He knew he had found a winning solution where he could take responsibility, learn new skills, and be creative.
When Simon finished university, he could not find anything he was truly interested in. He needed to find his own path. In a flash of sheer inspiration, he founded the project «Active Asyl». Using recycled laptops, Active Asyl organizes online courses for refugees. By providing refugees with the right tools, Active Asyl empowers refugees and creates opportunities for them. Simon believes in the refugees’ enormous potential and wants to take his first step towards changing the world.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx