Roundup 2016-07-01

Current Events / Trendlines / Articles
The lost generation: children in conflict zones, and especially, their schooling.
The dangerous rise of antibiotic resistance could frustrate much medical progress.
… ‘heal the sick’ could become far more difficult
England/Wales: ‘No Religion’ (48.5%) outnumbers ‘Christian’ (43.8%)
Egypt: 87% of females aged 15-49 underwent FGM from 2004-15.
China’s top Internet czar being replaced, but new one likely not any more open.
And: China announces stricter rules for all mobile apps
… real identities, tracking, censorship.
And: China cracks down on “harmful” speech.
Islam in China: a roundup, from ChinaSource
Dubai: ‘Stateless and for sale’: the UAE’s confounding policies on birthright.
Egypt: what life under Sissi is really like for Coptic Christians
North Korea: a deep look at the ‘songbun’ system: essentially, a caste determining your life.
Saudi Arabia: here’s why it’s loosening its restrictions on women.
Syria: The Shadow Doctors: the underground race to spread medical knowledge

Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources
All the world’s immigration visualized in one animated map.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, ed. of Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China, on his worries.
WEF: How an aging population threatens women’s economic welfare.
WEF: Digital Media and Society Report, 2016. PDF.
Infographic: countries in the Middle East facing water stress.
Infographic: Conflicts and Disasters: girls and young women in crisis situations.
New Pew Trends in Global Restrictions on Religion Report available.
Top 10 universities in Asia: how can students and teachers impact these?

Long Reads / Mission Industry News / Missional Thinking
A perfectly secure place is impossible: closest is to manage risks as best as we can.
Bradley, Zach. “What global terrorism means for the sending church.”
Goldman, Adam. “How an American went from Ivy League student to disillusioned ISIS fighter.”
Kid, Thomas. “A history of the sinner’s prayer.” The Gospel Coalition.
Chakarova, Mimi. ‘Going undercover as a sex worker’ (SFW)
… photojournalist on how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

Lifehacking / Tactics / Individual Skills
Fantastic interview with David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done”
… on callings, purposes, satisfaction vs. happiness, motivation, God.
Kaufman, Scott Barry. “Grit and authenticity.”
… ‘Grit is related more to a sense of meaning in life than merely feeling good.’
Trent Hamm’s simple tools for managing business, money and life (similar to my own list).
Lam, Michelle. “How I learned to give a powerful talk in under 5 minutes.”
… Good practical advice.
Nike founder: “Passion isn’t strong enough to build a dream; seek a calling.”
Clear, James. “The Akrasia Effect: why we don’t follow through on what we set out to do.”
… also titled, how to beat procrastination.

Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Strategic Concepts
New PDF: 30 days of praying through the neighborhood. Shared by Missions Catalyst.
Indispensable growth frameworks from my years at Facebook, Twitter and Wealthfront.”
… Startup writings on ‘growth’ are about the movement of people into/out of a product.
… so, much to learn for churches and CPMs also trying to grow their size.

UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories, Photocollages
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: the city of the living and the city of the dead. Photoessay.
“Beth.” A woman’s worth in Central Asia.
South Africa: drone photos capture the stark divide between rich and poor.

What can be automated: AP now automates news for most minor league baseball games.
The return of the machinery question,” covering the boom in AI in the Economist.
The boom in artificial intelligence: from not working to neural networking.
Why Facebook is so terrifying to media companies:
… their algorithms promoting local gossip of friends over journalism
Why Zuckerberg covers his laptop’s camera and microphone.
Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in New York and London.
Crawford, Esther. “The death of a startup was the birth of a bot”: a resume chat bot.
Should robots be considered ‘electronic persons’?
‘Radical inshoring’: Robots could cut off the path to prosperity in the developing world.
Google’s Tensor Processing Unit could advance Moore’s Law 7 years.
… just when you thought Moore’s Law couldn’t continue any further …
The best international roaming cell phone plans.
Robot roach can jump up to five feet high.
Great infographic on ‘a day in the life of the collaborative economy.’
The timeline of Google’s algorithm updates, which affect how we find information.
World After Capital: interesting: this book is written completely in the open, on the web.
Infographic: Why you need to train recruiters in the use of social media.


“A scared world needs a fearless church.” ~A. W. Tozer

“Don’t give up what you want most, for what you want now.” ~Zig Ziglar

“When we ask questions thinking we’re right, it’s manipulation. When we ask questions thinking we might be wrong, it’s curiosity. Be curious.” ~David Marquet

“The problem with new technology is it’s easy to imagine the jobs it will destroy, but hard to imagine the jobs it will create.” ~Chris Dixon

“The church isn’t a place we attend but a people we belong to.” ~Ed Stetzer

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said. ~Peter Drucker

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” –W. Edwards Deming

“Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.” ~Frank Tyger

“Things that grow on a curve explode and they’re everywhere. But things on a straight line steadily get everywhere without you quite noticing.” ~Benedict Evans

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.” ~Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel Prize winner

“It amazes me what Christians and Churches will do for Religion’s sake and not for Jesus’ sake.” ~Al DiSalvatore

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