I am proud to be an innovator at the Catalyst Lab of “collaboratio helvetica” which is a future lab with co-creators of various backgrounds, united by a common mission: to facilitate systemic change in Switzerland towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
My personal mission is to give disadvantaged youths in Switzerland, who are stuck in life, the opportunity to have a bright future. Applying the tools and skills which I acquired on my innovation journey, will hopefully lead me to a solution that serves as many youths as possible.
In this video, I am sharing how I transformed my passion of exploring and understanding new environments into my purpose of serving others. It is the story behind Nai Nami, the social enterprise I founded in Nairobi, which is the pure expression of who I really am.
In Nairobi, I attended the Startup Weekend Education event organised by EdTech East Africa in the role of a Design Thinking Innovation Coach. Nova Pioneer – a highly innovative school – sent over 32 young students with whom we worked for 3 days in different teams to solve educational challenges from the kids’ perspective. My team won the final pitch and our solution ranked #1: “Sphinx”, a Math gaming app which allows students to compete real-time with each other on math excerices in a fun way. The goal was to help students take the boredom out of Math. I am still proud of these young bright sparks!
“Our Streets – Our Stories” is a short documentary about Donga, one of Nairobi’s 60,000 street children and one of the few who got a second chance to turn his life around. Donga grew up on the streets, without any formal education or role models to follow. However, after begging, hustling and stealing for years, his life changed when he joined Nai Nami. I believe that disadvantaged youth everywhere deserve the chance to a better future, and I hope this film inspires you to expand on our approach. Watch the film on Youtube: “Our Streets – Our Stories”
When you deal with disadvantaged or difficult youth (delinquent, rebellious, low self-esteem) it is often a challenge to connect with them. First of all, it needs time. But there are some very important behaviours you should stick to from the beginning in order to build a connection. Youth with an unfortunate background or in a …