Frequently Asked Questions

What is A World of work?

A World of Work is a free, online educational resource. It was designed to assist students who are doing research on the fundamental needs of humans and how different cultures meet them, and to encourage them to explore the lives of those around them and around the world. It consists of a website containing two sections: a series of short, illustrated, work-focused biographies of workers from around the world in a variety of trades and professions; and a portal to encourage the contribution of more of these biographies.

Where does a world of work collect its stories?

We collect stories from anyone who submits them, whether they are their own stories, or stories of those they have interviewed.

How can i submit my story?

The steps in the process are as follows: first, gather information using our Key Questions; second, gather photographs that illustrate key points in the information; third, come to the website, sign a consent form (and have your subject do so, if its an interview-based story); fourth, upload your information and photos; finally, when you receive an email from us telling you your story is ready, check back here and see how your story turned out!

For further details, and to get started:

Click here if you are an adult submitting either your own story, or that of another adult.

Click here if you are a student who has interviewed an adult.


Can I submit more than one story?

Yes, as many as you like.

How do I bring A World of Work into the Classroom?

There are many ways to useA World of Work in the classroom:

  • Note - for Montessori elementary guides, the activities below are extensions for the lessons on fundmental needs and interdependencies;
  • Print out the biographies, or have them available on a tablet, and allow children to read them, draw their own illustrations for them, and do research on the jobs and places mentioned;
  • Use the globe illustrations showing the locations of the workers to stimulate geography work – learning about continents and countries, drawing maps, etc.;
  • Use a biography and the Key Questions as a sample for encouraging students to do their own interviews with people they know, and then write their own biographies, including taking photographs of their subjects;
  • Use a biography and the Key Questions as a sample for students to do research on jobs and writefictional biographies or autobiographies of characters who might have those jobs (including their future selves); 
  • Use the Key Questions to have students interview elders in their community, if possible using video recording, and create a community oral history library;
  • Use the Key Questions, (put in third person rather than second person) to do historical research on famous or little-known people who contributed significantly to our ability to meet our fundamental human needs.