Earlier in 2011, you may have caught the results of a 24-country BBC World Service poll, which surveyed more than 24,000 people to find out about the sentiments with regards to entrepreneurship and startup culture in their respective country in all five continents.
The survey focused on four-questions:
how hard they felt it was for people like them to start a business in their country,
whether their country values creativity and innovation,
whether their country values entrepreneurs,
whether people with good ideas can usually put them into practice.
All four questions taken into account, Indonesia ranked highest as the most entrepreneur-friendly of the countries surveyed, followed closely by the USA. Canada, India, and Australia also ranked high among the countries with the best entrepreneurial-cultures in the world for people to start a new business.
Colombia, Egypt, Turkey, Italy and Russia were proven to be among the least friendly to innovation and entrepreneurship.
In Turkey the survey was conducted in major cities such as Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Istanbul, Izmir, Konya, Samsun, and Zonguldak, with the sample representing 56% of the total national adult population.
This study is very interesting in that it shows the average urban Turkish Citizen wants to go into business and thinks about new business ideas, but s/he is somewhat skeptical about support from within their own society as it relates to entrepreneurship.
When it comes to “Thinking About Starting Up based on a New Business Idea" Turks seem to be leading in Europe; they are up there with US and Canada:
But when it comes to Turks’ perception whether entrepreneurs, innovative and creative folks are valued in their own country, the scale goes to the other extreme. They have the least faith in their society to embrace them as entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative folks.
The same notion is also there when it comes to whether or not the average urban citizen in Turkey sees their country as an Entrepreneur-Friendly Culture:
I am on a business trip in Istanbul while I am posting this article. I’ve not been here since 2006, and I’m noticing a significant interest in business, entrepreneurship, and even web/tech startups.
Even in everyday conversations business is being talked about a lot. But obviously Istanbul is a world on its own, and cannot represent the overall sentiment in Turkey. It would be interesting to run this study in Istanbul alone, and compare the results.
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Original study results can be accessed here and includes information from other countries in Asia, Australia-basin, Africa, and South America.
Just a reminder that all the way to mid-1990s even major organizations did not have websites. Here’s a letter I wrote when I was in my mid-twenties to Dale Carnegie Training, to inquire about the classes they offered:
According to the Wayback Machine, even Dalle Carnegie Institute started their website in late 1998/early 1999. It’s funny that in 1995 I had a website hosted under the old AOL website product; when there were only 23,000 or so sites worldwide.
I get bothered by the fact that some of my extended family members or some friends do not recycle in the United States. I never understood that. Typically they have this-or-that lame excuse for not doing it.
At the office complex where our company is located, there is no recycling program (unfortunately). So, for the last three-plus years I’ve been dragging my recyclables from the office to my home every night; so I could put them on the curb on the day The City of Palm Coast collects them.
What bothers me most is when I see major US chains, especially bars and fast food joints do not recycle unless until a town mandates it on them. I also have serious issues with airlines not recycling. Airlines in particular, major polluters to begin with, MUST be required to recycle. They are in such a controlled environment to separate the recycling while collecting the garbage on board. I rarely see the proper effort.
That brings me to my trip to Turkey. Indeed there was absolutely no recycling (again) on the first leg of my flight on Jetblue flying from Jacksonville to New York.
But since I’ve arrived in Istanbul last week I’m seeing serious effort to recycle all over; from the airport, to regular people’s homes, to even small neigborhood-shops. This is probably not wide-spread all over Istanbul and I doubt elsewhere in Turkey as of yet, but the level of commitment in certain pockets, cities, or municipalities right now is significant and it’s been a tremendously positive experience for me as someone who cares for the environment.
Here is an example of the recycling bin given to the households by the Sariyer Belediyesi (municipality):
Even the plastic liners are distributed free of charge by the municipality.
The recycling gets collected once-week. A pretty civil experience altogether.
The commitment to recycling is not just “for show" here. I’ve been noticing small and large receptacles even for battery-recycling all over. Here’s a small one from the neighborhood pharmacy: