Current Events / Trendlines / Articles
Afghanistan: Women’s sports, “long a favorite of Western donors,” all but collapsed. Link.
Afghanistan’s vice-president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, barred from entering US. Link
… due to allegations of war crimes.
Afghanistan: internal displacement mapped due to 2016 conflict. Link.
Algeria: regional disorders, domestic challenges threaten stability of heartland. Link.
Bangladesh: no firewall, cheap routers enabled hackers to steal $81 million from bank. Link.
Burundi: On the run in Burundi. Link.
… growing unrest, 200,000 in refugee camps, demonstration leaders being hunted down.
… photo essay: Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Link.
China: Xi Jinping speaks at high level conference on topic of religion.
… “Xi Jinping in the national conference on religious work.” Link. Use google translate.
… “Meeting calls for religions with Chinese characteristics.” Link.
… AsiaNews.it: warns against foreign infilatration, religion matter of state security. Link.
… China Source: 4 takeaways from Xi’s speech on religion. Link.
Egypt: the military regime grows more brutal every day. Link.
… “Copts likely to find persecution, not protection, ahead.”
India: hearing reports from multiple agencies that people in India are being denied visas.
Iran: “Why so many Iranians have come to hate the hijab.” Link.
Iraq: with so much of the country mired in turmoil, some call for partitioning. Link.
North Korea: food production falls for first time since 2010, as water scarcity hits. Link.
Pakistan: military may be using corruption to usurp power, undermine civilian govt. Link.
Saudi Arabia: Vision 2030: promoting the cultural heritage of the Kingdom. Link.
… the Kingdom’s ‘break-even’ oil price (the point needed to balance budget) is falling. Link.
Ukraine: Crisis Timeline 2013-2016. A Kindle ebook.
Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources
Hans Rosling: important truths about population growth and the developing world. Link*.
Secor, Laura. “Children of Paradise: the struggle for the soul of Iran.” New Book.
The real story of people who attend America’s megachurches. Link.
… National Survey of Megachurch Attenders: 24,900 responses, 12 churches in Aug. ’08
Christianity in Middle East shrinking: 13.6% (1910) to 4% (2010). Link.
Megachurches found more outside America than inside it. Link.
Poushter, Jacob. “The divide over Islam & national laws in the Muslim world.” Link.
US: Millennials overtake Boomers as America’s largest generation. Link.
… but Mills, Xers, Boomers all substantial recruitment grounds for another 20 years.
Long Reads / Mission Industry News / Missional Thinking
Cole, Neil. “Recruitment: the final desperate act of a dying church.” Link.
… “The leader is the fruit, not the means to it.” Harvest the fields & find leaders within.
“Are we crazy?” Pioneers on the challenges of taking the Gospel to a violent country. Link.
Lifehacking / Tactics / Individual Skills
The secret history of agile innovation: the root of today’s “lean” and other concepts. Link.
Bad startup advice that you should ignore. Link.
… some of this is specifically for for-profit enterprises, but much applies to pioneer mission
Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Strategic Concepts
What are network effects? (Impact movements). 85-slide deck from a16z.com. Link.
Tseitlin, Ariel. “What 3 years at Netflix taught me about scaling a startup.” Link.
Hoffman, Reid. “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.” New Book.
… Interview with Hoffman about the book. Link.
Eyal, Nir. “Habits are the new viral: why startups must be behavior experts.” Link.
Google moves one step closer to becoming a universal translator. Link.
6 ways social media is changing the world. Link.
Report: use of mobile phones by the rural poor. PDF: 68pp. Link.
…. gender perspectives from selected Asian countries.
China’s first intelligent security robot debuts at Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair. Link.
The tech curve: the best is the last. Link.
… something to keep in mind when considering tech for adoption.
Twitter’s AI tech recognizes porn, to be able to warn people of objectionable photos. Link.
UK: Ofcom annual media & tech attitudes report. Link.
Sci-Hub.cc: online database of 50 mln stolen academic research papers for download. Link.
… set up by 27-year-old grad student from Kazakhstan, being used worldwide
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