Iran’s international relations and trade is heavily centered around two products: oil and gas. Its natural resources have kept the Middle East country in a dispute with its largest buyers, the U.S. and Europe.
David Zax over at Fast Company wrote a piece this week about “job crafters”. These are people who, despite being stuck in a job that lacks stimulation, find a way to give value to their work and actually enjoy it. The piece follows the findings of Yale professor Amy Wrzesniewski, who interviewed countless cleaners at hospitals throughout the country.
When I think of career options and cleaners, I generally (and possibly very inaccurately) consider them to be people who don’t see many other options in terms of choosing their work. In Wrzesniewski’s interviews, many people reflected this idea. They were there for the benefits and they did not particularly enjoy it.
Over the last year or so, crowdfunding has taken off. It started with websites like kickstarter.com – where creative projects are pitched to the public, who in turn is able to help fund part of the venture.
The concept has spread to other arenas, such as micro-financing through kiva.org, or fundraising community projects through the likes of givealittle.co.nz. It can even be used to fund a wedding on crowdtilt.com, or just about anything else, for that matter.