Today, we have various online platforms for crowdfunding. These platforms are mostly about individual or commercial projects, not for public projects.
In a recent trip to NYC, it was fascinating to hear that the Statue of Liberty was crowd funded in two nations – France and the USA. So far, I had believed that the statue was a gift from France to the United States. However, it seemed to be a joint effort. The majority of the funding and technical expertise came from France, but America was also on the hook for funding. I have not done any research to determine if this is the first instance of crowdfunding for a public cause.
A friend of mine recently posed this question – “Hey, you work with startup companies. Should a college aspiring student pick a curriculum or stream that would be useful for a startup CEO?” Of course, the underlying assumption is that this student is planning to start a company before or after graduating.
My response was a “qualified” no. Entrepreneurship can definitely be taught, but I would be bored to death sitting through many entrepreneurship classes and coming out with a degree in entrepreneurship. Sure, I am exaggerating, but most entrepreneurs learn by doing. A business oriented curriculum is usually focused on administration (MBA), rather than creation of companies.
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I have been working with several current and ex PhD students from WSU to see what we can do to make aging-in-place a better and affordable experience for seniors and their caregivers (daughters/sons/nurses).
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I am a South Indian Tamil Brahmin (TamBrahm). I have a deep culturally conservative and spiritual upbringing. So, naturally we were shocked when our daughter said she wanted to get a tattoo for her 18th birthday. We initially ignored it for a while until it couldn’t be ignored any more a few days ago.
A few days ago, a thought triggered in my head and I visualized a bit flipping. Suddenly, I was justifying to myself “Why should I not get a tattoo too? It would be a remarkable day to share with my daughter, because we would never forget it”.
The day before was spent in brainstorming ideas – Mt Rainier, Golf Club, some meaningful Sanskrit words (seems very popular now, right?), compass etc.It was also spent in ensuring I would not die of shock or sepsis after the procedure. I checked that we had a solid will. My daughter could hardly be bothered with those things. She was determined.
Finally we decided – a compass for me and the Sanskrit word – Sankalpa for my daughter. If you practice Yoga, you would have heard the instructor say “Now, let us set our intention to practice”. Sankalpa expresses intent in a formal and serious way prior to starting something significant. It took on deeper meaning as she is going off to College, a serious undertaking indeed!
I had her get tattooed first. That was sheer cowardice. I could hear Russell Peters say “Be a Man”, but before he finished that, my daughter was done. Turned out mine was more complicated and being in my left hand, way more sensitive. I had lost the battle but won the war of pain.
I know have some explaining to do to my family, but I hope they love me as much as they did pre Aug 20 2015 🙂
You are reading this at your own risk. Please don’t ask me for advice or come after me if anything goes wrong 🙂 🙂