"The active amputee" – the name of his blog is program, because Björn Eser prefers to be outdoors. His big dream is to travel along the Silk Road. What else is close to his heart and why he would first change his title as Commissioner for the Disabled and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
Name: Björn Eser Age: 49 City: Hoffnungsthal in Bergisches Land, Germany Occupation: Trainer and consultant in international development cooperation Impairment: I am a transfemoral amputee (since 2005) and run an information site and a podcast on amputation.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far? Björn Eser: Big dream since university days: Traveling along the Silk Road on foot and by public transport. But I don't have the courage for that. Therefore I rather walk across the Alps (N-S) or through the Pyrenees (E-W). So far I lacked the time. But when the children are out of the house and I can be away from home for a longer period of time, it's still on my bucket list.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Björn Eser: There were many: At different times and stages of my life, other people had a great influence on me. Sometimes people who are very close to me. But also people I was only allowed to get to know for a few days. But if I had to choose one person, it would be my mother. Simply a great woman.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first? Björn Eser: To change the name of this office. With the title, the disability is too much in focus for me. And hoping that I would be able to do this within the first two to three minutes in office, I would then travel through all of the German states and learn more about what people with disabilities want to know and where they see a need for action. Only when I have this overview would I get down to the real work.
What is especially near and dear to you? Björn Eser: Social justice and a life that is not at the expense of future generations.
I would like to be ... Björn Eser: ... mountain guide in the Himalayas.
Which question would you like to be answered the most? Björn Eser: How do we manage to ensure that all people can live a dignified life and still not exceed the natural limits of this planet?
What I still wanted to say... Björn Eser: Be happy and nice to each other. All the rest is background music.