Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2018
This description of Emilie Schmitt's work was prepared when Emilie Schmitt was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2018.
Today, unemployment is essentially seen as an economical problem with widespread negative psychological consequences. Emilie wants to turn it into a positive “learning life experience”. To equip unemployed persons and society with the core capabilities to seize such an opportunity to learn and grow, Emilie came up with a unique framework for the unemployed to self-organize in local optimist communities.
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