Inventing a Job: Advice from a Doer to a Dreamer

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Toilets in India (Ajay Tallam/flickr)

Yesterday, we talked with two people who stopped applying for jobs, and invented their own jobs instead. And we asked you, if you could invent a perfect job, what would it be? A lot of you wrote and called in with some fun ideas.

A listener in Oregon said:

I’d be a beer taste tester.

And a listener in New Jersey wrote:

My job would be to test resort locations and report on the optimum length of stay and food and drink to consume.

But of all the calls we got, one that stood out had nothing to do with drinking or relaxing. It had to do with toilets.

Abby Hallowell, a listener in Augusta, Georgia said she dreams of turning what’s in our toilets into sustainable energy. She’s in the very early stages of her dream, taking classes in chemical engineering and business management.

But how do you take a dream about human waste and turn it into a reality?

Jason Kass has some ideas. He's the founder of Toilets for People, a company that makes very special toilets for the developing world. The toilets produce compost that is pathogen free, so it won’t make people sick. This is a breakthrough in areas with limited drinking water and flooding. Jason’s company is also looking into ways that that compost from his toilets can be used as fuel.


Abby Hallowell and Jason Kass

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [6]


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Apr. 04 2013 05:43 PM
Abby Hallowell from GA

I'm so pleased at the interest in the idea- this is more networking than I'd hoped to be able to generate for at least another year or two! Haha- I'm tweeting you, Melissa, & Larry & Peg- I'll definitely try to get crackin' asap.

Also, I would also love the show about dances. It sounds like an adventure a lot like Anthony Bordain's No Reservations, but much more active :)

Apr. 04 2013 11:04 AM
Melissa from New York, NY

Abby, really great idea! If you need some numbers crunched on energy production or the like, connect with me on Twitter - @BerryVyne

Apr. 03 2013 03:32 PM
Abeaumont from Jersey City, NJ

I love the idea of the world-traveling dance show! In the States, our idea of dance - especially "classical" dance - is so limited. It would be awesome to open it up and learn more about different cultures through movement. This would be great on the Travel Channel or something like that.

Apr. 03 2013 03:27 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

@Abby - send your resume to Jayson!

I would like to turn my potty mouth into rocket fuel!


Apr. 03 2013 11:44 AM

Abby, you go for it. I'll order one when yours are up and composting.

Apr. 03 2013 09:27 AM

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