Gregor Demblin

Ashoka Fellow
Vienna, Austria
Fellow Since 2013


This profile was prepared when Gregor Demblin was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Gregor’s organization, Career Moves, is the first employment initiative in Austria successfully penetrating the business sector and establishing corporate trust in the abilities, performance and added value of people with disabilities. This also positions them as top performers with the general public. By bringing together important stakeholders—companies, placement agencies, social service institutions, and job seekers—Career Moves helps companies and businesses support organizations to deeply understand the potential of individuals with disabilities for business interests. It also connects the formerly divided services of job agencies and social welfare organizations in Austria, thereby increasing the effectiveness of their placement processes and working to prevent stigmatization and exclusion. Thus, Career Moves reorganizes a fragmented landscape of support and potential work opportunities facilitating an unprecedented approach hinging on a full integration of services for disabled people entering the workforce.

Career Moves’ partnership with companies and placement agencies extends beyond the ultimate goal of attaining more hires to nationally changing societal attitudes about persons with disabilities in the workplace. Gregor has partnered with large corporations to help them become leaders in diversity management as well as a number of media outlets to transform public awareness. Additionally, he has created relationships with the Chamber of Commerce to mobilize the private sector and with the Ministry of Social Affairs to promote broader institutional reforms.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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