Roundup 2015-12-04

Two most interesting links of the week

Pew: Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa. Link.

North Korea: long read on the man who smuggled a Bible into the country, imprisoned. Link.

Current Events / Trendlines / Articles

Afghanistan: fighting disrupts harvest, food prices rise sharply. Link.

As China’s workforce dwindles, the world scrambles for alternatives. Link.

China establishes first military outpost outside its borders: in Djibouti. Link.

Chinese overseas falling victim to terrorism, and Beijing struggling with response. Link.

India: a data interactive on how/how far, people in the top 53 cities commute to work. Link.

Pakistan: number of recent attacks on religious minorities. Link.

Syria: an interesting model of what is going on. Link.

USA: Americans are increasingly skeptical of Muslims. But most don’t talk to Muslims. Link.

Would Jesus take in Syrian refugees? A roundup of the debate. Link.

Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources

UN: The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters, 1995-2015 (PDF). Link.

Demographics rules the global economy: how the developed world workforce will decline. Link.

AIDS: the latest report from UNAIDS shows great progress. Link.

The world is not falling apart. In reality, for most, never been safer. Link.

The human mind estimates probability based on how easy it is to recall examples

Nightly news provides regular examples of bad events

The definition of a refugee, the process for vetting them, and Biblical thinking. Link.

Europe’s misconceptions about its Muslim population. Link.

Pew: social media usage, 2005-2015. 65% of adults use networking sites. Link.

Map: Where Islamic face veils or headscarves are banned or mandatory. Link.

Long Reads / Mission Industry News

Book Notes, Tony Sheng: on Gaining by Losing: why future belongs to sending churches. Link.

Families & Faith: how religion is passed down across generations. Link.

Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Work / Lifehacking

What kind of thinker are you? Different thinking styles in organizations. Link.


UPG Profiles

BBC: The Turkmen of Syria. Link.

Town of Kobani, Syria, scarred by ISIS, strives to rebuild. Link.

Futuristics / Tech

How mobile will transform business in 2016: predictions from Forrester. Link.

$152.7 billion robot, AI market will drive industry by 2020. Link.

Will the world be malaria free by 2040? Link.

51% of total time spent on the Internet is on mobile devices, first time ever. Link.

1995, top 15 Internet companies worth $17 billion; 2015, worth $2.4 trillion. Link.

3 smart city trends to expect in 2016: IDC. Link.

20 predictions for the next 20 years. Link.


“Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.” Eric Sevareid

“It takes courage, stamina, and spark to be intentional, but it also takes failure.” Brad Lomenick

“To escape criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Elbert Hubbard

“We over estimate what we can do in the short run, and underestimate what we can do in the long run.” Craig Groeschel

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Plato

“A minimum viable product doesn’t mean half-finished. It’s doing a small number of things to a high standard.” via Vala Afshar.

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” Bill Gates


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