Frequently Asked Questions

Send your queries and love notes to the Project FUEL team atcontact@projectfuel.inYou may also send cake. Enjoying a good good cake is serious business; it's a collective life lesson of the Project FUEL team.

Why do we need this map?

The short and honest answer is—Because the world is in a strange place and needs as many hopeful things as possible.

The long answer is that the world has unified in the wake of the COVID- 19. For the first time in modern history, this pandemic has threatened humanity as a whole. Beyond the individual need and geography, there is a prayer rising for global safety and holistic wellbeing. However, the news is grim. Laced with death tolls due to the CoronaVirus or those detected, we are currently looking at the world through the lens of loss. There is an imperative need to create a hopeful reference which can come from a lens of learning. And what better way than to ask someone from every corner of the world how they are surviving and thriving.

This is a growing/breathing repository of solutions, perspectives and learnings. How cool right?! We were hoping you’d say that.

How did you select the 195 countries?

This was a tricky one. The answer to the number of countries in the world isn’t a straightforward answer. If you were to ask many people how many countries are in the world, you would probably hear many different answers.

Here at World Wisdom Map, we state 195 countries based on the 193 that belong to the United Nations (UN) plus the two non-member observer states, the Holy See (also known as the Vatican) and the State of Palestine.

Is it for me?

Oscar Wilde once said, “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.” If you are someone who believes in life-long learning, irrespective of the geography, age, gender, caste, class bias among others, then yes this Wisdom Map will surprise, entertain, inform and enthral you. But only, if you allow yourself to immerse in it. Dive head first.

Can I contribute?

If you are asking this question, we already like you. Yes, you can contribute in many different ways—Submit your life lessonto be featured on the map,create an original artworkinspired by learnings of others, help design neweducational modules, collaborate with us to create awareness about values of the World Wisdom Map, orsimply volunteerand we’ll explore the best way to get this party started.

What does it stand for?

The World Wisdom Map stands for the power of collective learning. We celebrate the courage of those who introspect, admire the intellect of those who condense the moral of their stories and applaud the generosity of those who are willing to share their knowledge for the benefit of others.

What makes it awesome?

Don’t even get us started on this. Well, to begin with this map has over 300 life lessons from every single country (some of them we only came to know about during documentation). Ten South East Asian Artists and over 50 students from India & Singapore collaborated to interpret life lessons into their art.

Additionally, we created an open source educational resource inspired by the wisdom of the world. Designed as games and exercises, it provides educators and facilitators a one-of-its kind learning tool.

Our Data Scientist and Visualisers have pulled out some fascinating patterns mapping characteristics of our learning. Your life lesson, when looked at from the lens of others, can reveal a lot more about you.

Lastly, we think it's awesome, because we created it. It’s every mother’s answer when asked about their child.

What challenges did you face while building the map?

Give us a minute, just taking out the book of problems we compiled during the project that we faced. From locating someone in every country of the world, to language barriers to translation concerns, to coordinating with a team of nearly 100 people to getting the development sorted to making each click interesting and engaging. To top this all, we did all this during the pandemic.

Yup, we deserve a long holiday. Settling with a nap for now.

What more can I do with it?

Pass it on: Even if this doesn’t interest you, we are sure there must be someone around you who could leverage from the buffet of perspectives we have curated. 300 plus life lessons are worth it when you are looking for just one to improve your life.

Play with it: Challenge yourself to read all the life lessons on the map and then tell us which ones are your favourite. Or perhaps, pick a learning and give it a twist with your talent—paint, draw, dance, sing, film it. If nothing else comes to mind, then just send a love note to someone whose piece of advice resonates with you the most. What is better than making someone feel good with your compliment and kindness?!

Collaborate with us: We love people who are passionate, brew crazy ideas and match our vibe. Shoot us an email to share your ideas. We’ll get back, even if it takes a little while. We promise.

We are constantly thinking of new ways to enrich your day, if you’d like to be notified about the next one, sign up for our mailing list.

Can you thank people for their lessons?

Absolutely! Kindness, compassion and gratitude are the core values behind the World Wisdom Map. Whenever you connect deeply with a life lesson or an artwork and have a strong urge to thank the person who offered it to you, click on the ‘Send a love note’ button. We’ll be happy to serve as your postman. Don’t forget to stamp it with some extra love by sharing your life lesson.

Is it a paid experience or free?

Glad you asked. The World Wisdom Map is completely free. Thanks to the support of our Founder Patron Singapore International Foundation, collaborators and supporters we could never put a price on such heartwarming wisdom. The currency of compliments, cheer, new learnings and occasional cakes sent to our studio keep us happy and healthy.

Can I bring the map to my community?

Of Course you can! Email ushereor write to us atcontact@projectfuel.inabout what you have in mind. We will be super happy to assist.

Does the World Wisdom Map speak for everybody?

Not at all. We have showcased only a handful of stories from individuals. Please contribute your own life lessons to represent your country and give it a more diverse flavour.

Also, kindly note that all the opinions expressed on the map including but not limited to the life lessons, concept behind the artworks, special collections are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the World Wisdom Map team, partners or its members.

Who created the World Wisdom Map?

We did at Project FUEL. For over a decade now, we have been documenting, designing and passing on human wisdom from all ages and backgrounds across the world; using the tools of education, art, media and events.. From survivors of human trafficking in Nepal to middle school children in Afghanistan to refugees in Europe to migration affected villages in Uttarakhand, India, Project FUEL has had the privilege to take life lessons all the way to the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Will you speak at my event/conference about the World Wisdom Map? Can I interview you for a project/feature?

We would love to explore what you have in mind. If you’d like to invite us to your event, please send us a messagehereor write to us at contact@projectfuel.in

Can I use the world map information for personal projects?

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