Current Events / Trendlines / Articles
Inside ISIS: group leaders are quietly preparing for the loss of the ‘caliphate.’
China: “By 2030, Chinese cities will be home to more than a billion people.”
Egypt: hundreds forcibly disappeared in Egypt crackdown, says Amnesty International
Egypt: Muslim mob torches 80 Christian homes, punishment for wanting to build a church
France: “Why does France keep getting attacked?” Longform analysis of factors.
France: “A Massacre in Nice”: why it’s nearly impossible to prevent attacks like these.
Iran: inside the plan to undo the nuclear deal–which might be succeeding.
Oman: “I was Sold”: Abuse and exploitation of migrant domestic workers
… lots of Christians in the Middle East as domestic workers
Russia: no evangelizing outside of church
… not in homes, online, or any unrecognized buildings (many churches aren’t recognized)
Syria: The Battle for Aleppo: residents fear a government siege, food running out
Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources
Interactive map: present-day borders in Africa split many ethnic homelands.
Infographic: How to travel in the off season: a guide to better rates, shorter lines
Slide deck: Hardware Trends 2016.
FAO: State of the World’s Fisheries, 2016.
History of Urbanization: “Watch cities spread across the planet over 5,000 years”
“Understanding the Islamic State: a review essay.” Reviews several recent books on ISIS.
Peoples Next Door NC: a manual for discovery and engagement
… how to find peoples ‘next door’ in your home town, and minister to them
“Shedding light on the dark web”: money spent on drugs & other illicit practices.
MRG: State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2016.
Long Reads / Mission Industry News / Missional Thinking
Thomas. Postwar American Evangelicals and World Religions: a case study of IVCF Urbana Conventions
Wu. How Westerners shame Muslims through apathy.
Lifehacking / Tactics / Individual Skills Gardner.
“The art and science of value creation: 3 traits of great value creators.”
… lots of great advice here for CPM – churches are in part blessings, value creators
Hattaway. “The real stages of moving abroad.”
Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Strategic Concepts hank, Nathan. “Maintaining depth and breadth in a multiplying movement.” Podcast.
Two different types of decisions, and how A/B testing makes for better decision-making.
“How do I do analytics?” Video. A value of DMM is bold evaluation/measurement.
“How to scan your business model environment for disruptive threats and opportunities.”
… a model from Strategyzer.com, appropriate to us as well.
UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories, Photocollages
360-degree panoramic photos show what life is like for refugees.
Coffee. “The singularity is plural”: the meaning of singularity & its consequences.
Megill. “Conversational UI isn’t a fad: a tale of 5 bots here to stay.”
Gillmore. “Witnessing, activism, journalism–boundaries of free speech in the FB age.”
“8 ways churches can capitalize on Pokemon Go”
… the new craze is sending people to church properties
We are 5 years past the peak of the personal computer.
“How technology disrupted the truth”
… social media swallowed the news and public-interest reporting.
Instagram unleashes an algorithm-driven feed
… impacting many organizations & companies.
“Growth isn’t binary. Growth is what happens between bottlenecks.” ~Brant Cooper
“It’s impossible to make progress on projects that matter when our calendars are full of tasks that don’t.” ~Michael Hyatt
“You can learn from the past, but you can’t continue to be in the past; history is not a substitute for imagination.” ~Frank Gehry