Roundup 2015-12-18

Current Events / Trendlines / Articles

Afghanistan: Rising warfare in Helmand province. Link.
… another example of a place too dangerous for Westerners to get into easily …

20% of refugees arriving in Europe by boat are Afghanis. Link.
… ‘Afghan refugees aren’t fleeing by choice’…
Burundi: rising violence, Americans told to leave. Link.
China, 2-child: will grant hukous to 13 million unregistered children. Link.
… born in violation of the one-child policy, 1% of China’s population …
China: a winter of darkness for religions, possible new controls. via ZGBriefs. Link.
India: “When a bride-to-be is a bride to buy”: women shortage, trafficking demand.  Link.

Indonesia to dispatch 1,500 police officers to protect churches in N. Sumatra. Link.

Sudan: “braces for ‘fighting season’ as peace talks fall flat.” Link.

Thailand: most senior human trafficking investigation seeks asylum in Australia. Link.

… investigation implicated senior figures, now fears for his life …

ISIS: starving a government’s finances, starve its ability to fight. Link.

 

Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources

US Commission on International Religious Freedom, Annual Report, 2015. Link.

Pew: What Christians think about whether non-Christian religions can lead to eternal life. Link.
Mapped: 63 incidents at mosque in the USA in 2015, 3x last year. Link.
Hate Searches correlate to rises in hate crimes. Link.
Infographic: top 20 countries to have granted protection to refugees in 21st century. Link.
Crux: Globally, religious persecution is Christian persecution. Link.
Heroin flow from Afghanistan into the world, mapped. Link.
WSJ: The worst day to buy a plane ticket, graphed. Link.
Pew, 2014: “Knowing someone from a religious group = positive views of that group.” Link.
Fascinating long read on the intersection of game theory and mobilization/recruitment. Link.
… article about ISIS radicalization, but could be other applications …

Long Reads / Mission Industry News
Shaw, Joey. The role of language-learning in cross-cultural church planting. Link.
Lorance, Cody: Do Christians & Muslims worship the same God? Hits it almost perfect. Link.
Atlantic has a good examination of the professor, Wheaton, and Islam/Christianity. Link.
Kabutz, Rudolf: Engaging the church in Africa in its key mission issues to 2050. Link.
Downloadable Delhi prayer guide from IMB. Link.

Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Work / Lifehacking
“What experts will never tell you about your Myers-Briggs type.” Link.
… bunch of curious ‘stats’ about each type. No sources given. But rings true at least for my type …

UPG Profiles
Inside Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS: a NYT multimedia report. Link.
Dubai from above: photos of the UAE. Link.

Futuristics / Tech
Trends/Disruptors forecast for 2016, fascinating report. Link.
“The World in 2016” from the Economist. Link.
WEF: 5 ways the world will look dramatically different by 2100. Link.
A-Z Culture Glossary, interesting look at current trends, but needs sources. Link.
Medicine & algorithms: “Some things humans do better than algorithms, but not all…” Link.
Short Term Work Trips: How the gig economy will shape 2016. Link.
Keeping hackers away from your car, fridge, front door: the Internet of Things. Link.
AI interfaces taking over functions from smartphones: in next 5 years? Link.
… probably too soon for that, but in next 10-15 years I could see it …
Why Google’s new quantum computer could launch an AI arms race. Link.
How Elon Musk & Y Combinator plan to stop AI from taking over. Link.

Quotable

“Selling to people who actually want to hear from you is more effective than interrupting strangers who don’t.” ~Seth Godin

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” ~Ken Robinson

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you will see further.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Wear your heart on the page, and people will read to find out how you solved being alive.” ~Gordon Lish

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” ~William Feather

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” ~Albert Bartlett

“The one who does the work is only surpassed in value by the one who multiplies the doers.” ~John R. Mott

“Don’t pay attention to whom the talking heads say to fear. Pay attention to whom The Lord Jesus says to Love.” ~Evan Welcher

“In every triumph there’s a lot of try.” ~Frank Tyger

“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~J.K. Rowling

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