March 1, 2013

Bike Love: A Revolution of Simplicity

We know that bicycles are better for the environment and better for our health than driving cars, but one young man from Fremantle, Australia believes that bicycles also have the power to change lives and better communities. 

2012 Laureate Global Fellow Lachlan (Lachy) Ritchie co-founded Dismantle, a social enterprise, to empower people to adopt cycling as a part of their everyday lives. The Dismantle concept centers around the notion that bicycles are a powerful tool for social change — enabling people to be healthier, happier, more environmentally-friendly, and connected to their community. Among its activities, Dismantle operates a community bicycle recycling workshop and empowers disadvantaged youth to refurbish used bikes. Lachy is also a fellow of the Foundation for Young Australians, a YouthActionnet partner.

Lachy is a revolutionary, aiming to create a culture of  what he calls "bike love." His workshops aren't complicated--just kids, troubled teens, fixing bikes. They aren't taught confidence, responsibility, or self-value in trainings with lesson plans--they learn by doing, and have fun in the process. 

Learn more about Lachy and his growing revolution of "bike love":

Do you have a vision like Lachy? Have you founded a project or organization to turn your idea into action? Apply today to be a 2013 Laureate Global Fellow! Deadline March 17th, 2013.
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