Markus Gander

Ashoka Fellow
Switzerland
Fellow Since 2008

THE IDEA

Markus is giving young people across Switzerland the chance to connect with each other through a platform that facilitates younger and older people's engagement,  to work together towards social change. He founded
Infoklick in 1998. Infoklick connects youth with their peers and serves as a “platform of platforms,” offering a centralized infrastructure for youth participation activities. Through infoklick, Markus brings together youngsters both virtually and physically, and strengthens their bonds with supportive adults, youth organizations, sponsors, and communities.

IMPACT
To date, Infoklick has a network of 6000 young people in 60 towns. 30 000 beneficiaries have been impacted, 300+ projects were launched and 1 million viewers per year are reached through the website.

THE PERSON
Markus was born in a small village in Switzerland and is the first child of two teachers. When he was young, he was very active with the boy Scouts and by the time he turned 28, he had created a new nationwide train-the-trainer curriculum for
boy Scout supervisors. Because Markus was one of only four “village children” admitted to his local high school, he was often disregarded by middle-class students and teachers. This experience of being treated like an inferior had a great impact on Markus’s life, inspiring him to be more self-determined in society. After high school, Markus graduated as a math teacher.

 

This description of Markus Gander's work was prepared when Markus Gander was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Introduction
Markus Gander is giving young people across Switzerland the chance to connect with each other through a platform that facilitates youth engagement and brings younger and older citizens together to work towards social change.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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