BE Alink, Founder, The Alinker Inventions Ltd.

When design matches your determination

Words of wisdom: I dream of a world where the dismissed people of today, are our leaders of tomorrow

Country: Canada

Website: https://thealinker.ca/

Industry: Health & Mobility

Organization size: 13

 

Interview with BE Alink, CEO & Founder, ; Canada

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Interview with BE Alink, CEO & Founder, The Alinker Inventions Ltd; Canada

BE Alink is the founder and inventor of the Alinker walking bike, which she refers to as a vehicle of change. BE's reverse design practices/philosophy lead to the Alinker, which is not built for a "body-with-a-problem" but for who we are, active and engaged. BE refers to herself as a gender weirdo, and has often been called crazy, all over the place, scattered. People told her to focus and comply, but BE does not fit in, just held true to her vision that the world needs something else, for and by us all, no one excluded. BE focuses on who we are, not what we have. With insane tenacity, commitment and dedication, BE has built her company into a movement of people showing up for each other. Years ago she said: "I dream of a world where the dismissed people of today, are our leaders of tomorrow," which is happening now. BE employs Alinker users (otherwise unemployed) and pays everybody living wage (including herself). The Alinker has certified BCorp status, is a SheEO venture, is more than carbon neutral, and practically plastic-free. The Alinker company is built to create access to health by building access to mobility, community and healthy food.

United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal(s) addressed:
#1. No Poverty, #3. Good Health and Well-being, #5. Gender Equality, #9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, #10. Reduced Inequalities, #11. Sustainable Cities and Communities, #13. Climate Action, #15. Life on Land

Social impact:
Alinker measuring social and environmental impact through the UN SDG’s. The Alinker creates access to mobility, community and healthy food through the vision of changing the paradigm of our current 'sickcare' system towards a healthcare community that actually supports the wellness of people. The Alinker is a non-motorized walking-bike without pedals. With an adjustable saddle and handlebars, it is custom-designed to challenge society’s assumptions about disability. Most medical devices are a technical solution for a body with a problem, it emphasizes the "problem". But, we are humans, and we have a body. The body does not determine who we are. So the Alinker is designed for how we want to live, regardless of mobility challenges.

Website: https://thealinker.ca/

Interview with BE Alink, CEO & Founder, The Alinker Inventions Ltd; Canada

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