Barbara Alink (52, architect, woodworker, inventor, community activist) left the Netherlands because she experienced the absence of meaningful community. Alink felt confined by the social conventions of Western society and decided to find a place where her soul could be free. While travelling through Kenya, Kosovo, Ethiopia, The Sudan and Indonesia, her soul came home in Afghanistan where she lived for 3.5 years. She lived in local communities and worked a total of 10-years managing reconstruction and restoration projects. Barbara brings the diversity of her experiences to connect people through design with the intention to help us build a more inclusive global community. Barbara refers to her Alinker bike as a vehicle for social change.