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Victor Douville has been studying his tribe’s star knowledge for decades. His job is teaching Lakota Studies at South Dakota’s Sinte Gleska University, a post he’s held since 1971. An elder of the Sicangu Oyate Lakota nation, Douville’s teachings keep alive his people’s knowledge, including a deep understanding of astronomy.read more
Walker Holmes spent Summer 2016 working in Rwanda with The Women’s Bakery. There, she learned all about the women cooking up their country’s future, one loaf at a time.read more
Janet Chihanga lends her heart to Komaza’s work: improving the lives of farmers while rehabilitating the environment.read more
“You can’t imagine how hard it was to live in the streets,” says Alex Beru, one of LivelyHood’s first hires. “Before I joined as a sales agent–you can’t imagine. It was hard for me to get food there in the streets. We were collecting scraps to get food, snatching anything.”read more
THANK YOU! On July 15, the My JOB team and I announced that the book would be available for pre-order through select retailers for the first time. This launch marked a major step toward our goals of sharing vibrant stories and fighting poverty worldwide through job...read more
The book MY JOB is a collection of stories, told by real people in their own voices, about their work and lives across the U.S. and around the world. Their stories range from a coffee farmer in Nicaragua, a horse therapist in Kentucky, a slack-rock guitarist in...read more
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What Does It Mean to Have a Job?
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A Message From the Editor, Suzanne Skees
Disrupting the Way We View Work
In the upcoming book, My Job, I contrast work lives from around the world to provide a lens through which we can recognize our similarities and diversity. The purpose of this book is to challenge conventional thinking about how a job is valued and undertaken from the viewpoint of distinct cultures. At its essence, this book is about the human condition and how very similar we all are at our core. I believe this book will surprise, enlighten and definitely move you.
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Time on the Job is Relative
We hear the phrases “In a New York minute” and “I’m on Hawaiian Time” because time is viewed differently across regions and cultures. How time is perceived by a society has profound impact on the way a job is approached and performed. For Americans, the concept of time has a direct relationship to matters of business. It’s viewed as a gushing well of opportunity; fast flowing, yet fleeting. For the American professional, time is money. In other cultures, however, the human condition dominates and time has its place on the periphery of life. For workers having this perspective, honoring a task, profession or business relationship is more important than being punctual for an appointment. Meeting dates and deadlines are viewed as flexible and pliable targets for these workers; a clear contrast to the American view.
How Do We Rest Between Shifts?
This photo captures a fisherman resting between shifts. Fishing, as an occupation in every culture, is hard work with long days. Fishermen of Western European cultures use their coastal homes for rest. This fisherman from Ghana uses the beach, where he docks his boats, as a place for both work and slumber.
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