Alex Mativo has always been in love with design but he didn’t get the chance to play around in the field until after the 2008 post election violence in his home country, Kenya. Disappointed in his government’s response to the violence, Mativo decided to do something for his community. He got a couple of friends together and converted bullet shells into necklaces. This was the start of his initiative e-lab which turns electronic waste into fashion pieces.
Alex Mativo is a story teller. He tells stories through visual art. stories about where he comes from and where he envisions Africa. He founded E-LAB (a company that eradicates electronic waste through art) because he believed that of all the unchangeable things in the world our biological nature that requires clean air, clean water, clean soil, clean energy must be adhered to and protecting the planet should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die. He is passionate about visual art as a tool for social good and he believes that in order to transcend all our limitations in Africa, we should demystify our perception of design and embrace design thinking because design is a 21st century catalyst for evolution.
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