Founder of The Alinker
BE Alink was born and raised in the Netherlands, is a trained woodworker and restoration architect who spent 10 years doing community reconstruction work in Kenya, The Sudan, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. She is the founder and inventor of the Alinker walking bike, which she refers to as a "vehicle of change".
BE's reverse-design practices and philosophy led to the Alinker, which is not built for a "body-with-a-problem" but for who people are, active and engaged. She is a gender weirdo, and has often been called "crazy", "all over the place", and "scattered". People told her to focus and to comply, but BE does not fit in; she just held true to her vision that the world needs something else, for and by us all, with no one excluded. BE focuses on who we are, not what we have. She has built her company into a movement of people showing up for each other.
Years ago, BE said: "I dream of a world where the dismissed people of today are our leaders of tomorrow”. She employs Alinker users (otherwise unemployed) and pays everybody a living wage. She is also a SheEO venture, more than carbon neutral, and practically plastic free. The Alinker company is built to create access to health by building access to mobility, community, and real food.
Videos & Webinars
Shopify Featuring the Alinker
Shopify interviewed BE Alink for a video to feature at their annual staff meeting, showcasing the companies they are proud to support.
Barbara Alink - The Alinker:
A Bike Mobility Aid
The Alinker is a non-motorized walking-bike without pedals. It is for everyone who wants to maintain an active life regardless of their movement abilities/disabilities.
Dignity Through Movement for an Aging Population | Barbara Alink | TEDxEastVan
In today's society, aging and death are seldom spoken of; more of a taboo topic than not. In this grounding talk, Barbara Alink talks about providing dignity and excitement to an aging population.
Startup Women Podcast
How To: Export and Go Global with BE Alink and Tamaïka Jumelle
Ripples of Radical Generosity
Venture Update with BE Alink of The Alinker
Eat Real To Heal Podcast
Ep 98 BE Alink Brings Mobility and Health to Those with Mobility Challenges
How to reverse-design your mindset when paradigms have been set by a society without disabilities
How are people with mobility affections interacting with the world?
Is the healthcare system really a "sickcare" system because it only kicks in when we're sick?
How can an active life be supported regardless of physical challenges?
Creating access to health by building access to mobility, community, and real food
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