Lawrence Alvarez

Lawrence Alvarez is the President of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE), and co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library. At IRBE, and through the Tool Library, Lawrence and his team strive to challenge our perceptions of ownership, and our relationship to the Earth’s resources, which are the common heritage of us all.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Lawrence has lived in Botswana, Canada, South Africa, and Argentina. His passion lies in travel, exploring human relationships and our shared experience, and finding the connections between us.

Lawrence is a speaker and community activist. He has delivered talks on new technology and education, and on the sharing economy and how it will define our future. He also likes to say that half his income comes in the form of kindness and reputation.

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