Emilie Schmitt

Founder of Activ'Action

Emilie founded the company Activ'Action to equip unemployed people and society with the core capabilities to seize such an opportunity to learn and grow. Emilie developed a unique framework for the unemployed to self-organize in local optimist communities, with the goal of changing people’s mindset to see and use unemployment as a phase to grow and better equip oneself for how work and society are changing.

Activ'Action has held over 1200+ workshops in 20 cities in 6 different countries, reaching 7,000 unemployed people. In Strasbourg, a local association supporting women in underprivileged neighborhoods included Activ’Action sessions as an integral part of the training track they provide; the public authority of Strasbourg decided to co-develop with Activ’Action a new public program for the unemployed that will integrate Activ’Action workshops.