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Think Tank Interview: On the 86%
: with Dr. Todd Johnson
Outlook: Uttar Pradesh, India
: 4 page PDF, district by district survey, $0.99.
Outlook: Maharashtra, India
: 4 page PDF, district by district survey, $0.99
Outlook: Guangdong, China
: 4 page PDF, district by district survey, $0.99
Outlook: Sichuan, China
: 3-page PDF, district by district survey, $0.99
Collected to Feb 24.
The most common mistake when forecasting exponential growth (and how to fix it)
Six conversation archetypes and group network structures on Twitter
Factory life far from home leaves China's migrant workers vulnerable
The Silk Road of Pop: a documentary of Xinjiang and the Uighurs
Bangladeshis have overtaken Pakistanis in London
On the brink of total failure
Six things technology has made insanely cheap
Upsetting the Apple Car
(Economist): The established car makers are most likely to win the race to build the vehicles of the future
The future of war is robotic
: America has 20,000+ units.
Collected to Feb 17.
In 1800, no country had a life expecting over 40
Content Marketing Lessons:
from 10 years and 41.5 million website visits
, important lessons here
Cupid in your network
. Facebook Research. Important for recruitment, too.
Center of Christianity:
By 2050, there will be more Christians in Asia than in Europe
, last time was 300-800 AD.
Changing patterns of global migration and remittances
." Pew Research.
Why the projections of Ebola in West Africa turned out wrong
Women and Poverty
, an infographic. UN Women.
A measured approach to ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity
. PDF, World Bank.
A strategy as big as your city:
. Good lessons here.
On 40 least reached places: Dr. Mark Pickett has two insightful posts
we should criminalize the rape of robots because of what it does to the perpetrator
The seven deadly sins of social media
. Hilarious, yet insightful.
In a Muslim country:
Why I love my Muslim neighbors
, great story from a missionary
What ISIS really wants
: the end of the world. Atlantic.
Could driverless cars own themselves
: an interactive travelogue of a refugee mother.
The Narco-State of Afghanistan
Shenzhen pastor talks about the joy and pain of cross-cultural missions
. China Source.
6 facts about China's growing middle class
Urbanization with Chinese characteristics
Delhi is now the most polluted city on the planet
Selling the sacred cow
: India's contentious beef industry & most lucrative export.
: new interactive app features state-level data. World Bank.
A looming water shortage
, after a blackout and Baloch rebels. Pakistan is a troubled land.
Bulldozing Mecca for luxury condos
50 Russian tanks roll into Ukraine to aid rebels
More reasons to stay married
: stable marriages more common among educated, high-income (NYT).
Collected to Feb 10.
Top 5 megatargets: Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Guangdong, Bihar, Punjab
Bright lights, big cities
: informative, interactive infographic on urbanization from the Economist
China expanding its role, building dam, roads
to convert, you must first get the government's permission
Boko Haram violence has displaced 3.3 million
fresh fighting, and 2.5 million refugees
the largest ethnic minority is also its quietest
the war is expanding in size and scope
1 million displaced
the problem was never sectarian--it's always been domestic turbulence
by 2030, 9% of global population in just 41 megacities
China's workforce began shrinking in 2012, over 50% of India's < 25
China's tourism revenue grew to US$550 billion in 2014
over 1 in 10 Protestants attend one
Dealing with Bribery in China
, from a BAM practitioner.
The rise of the child terrorist
CFR report on its resurgence in Afghanistan and Pakistan
IMB South Asia:
Bangalore Prayer Guide
How Christianity's Eastern history has been forgotten
Also Philip Jenkins' book
Writing for mobile: in bite-sized pieces
New Dropbox extension for Gmail, lets you attach Dropbox files to emails
Flipboard comes to the web
. I think it's still better on a phone.
99% of networking is a waste of time
Solar generators power up remote African homes, factories
more robot dog videos, and Google's newest bot
. Imagine these as hunters.
A drone that bounces around disaster sites like a beach ball
We can now build autonomous killing machines. And that's a very, very bad idea
in less than 2 years, a smartphone could be your only computer
what the world will be like in 10 years' time
. Issue macro categories.
VPNs dissolve national boundaries online for work and movie-watching
Collected To Feb 3.
: why Internet movements are easy to start, but lack power to effect change
Since time began, people want to believe some of us have special knowledge of what is to come
." But they don't.
On Sisi's call to "revolutionize religion" in Egypt
China even more serious about locking down Internet access within its borders:
... China Digital Times:
China seeks digital control, from U.N. to CPU
... China Digital Times:
Minitrue: China starts blocking foreign VPNs
This is getting serious: intellectual self-isolation in China
In China, VPN Internet acces tools suffer further disruptions
China tightens grip, but it didn't block all the tools
China's Great Firewall gets taller
Muslim women open their own mosque in Los Angeles, no men allowed
Many of the world's most-visited cities are also the least-reached, notes Christar.
New tourism report: 9% of GDP, 1 in 11 jobs, 1.8 billion international tourists by 2030
Infographic on global tourism: tourism up, tourism to America up the most.
7 Stats to Know for Missions: brilliant, simple, wise from Jon Hirst & Global Mapping
Why men outnumber women by 58 million: an interesting read.
Related: the reasons behind the decline in 'missing women' in Bangladesh.
Bad Stats: Sex trafficking is widespread, but the Superbowl is not the center of the problem
What Christianity contributed to China's economic rise.
East Asia's massive urban growth, in 5 infographics.
15 predictions for tech and design: fitness technology, "ambient intelligence," more
Infographic: the current state of machine intelligence.
(Relatively) Short Answers to (sometimes) Long Questions
Got a Question?
(or post it on Facebook or Twitter). Then sit back, relax, wait for me to respond--and see it show up on the Short Answers blog. Or, check the blog first, and see if I've already answered the question.
To Jan 27.
Mapped: distribution of Arab dialects for North Africa, Middle East.
7 Stats to Know for Missions: brilliantly simple presentation that digs dip into important trends.
FiveThirtyEight on the perils of mapping city boundaries (and demographics within them).
Barna gives us 10 facts about America's churchless. A useful snapshot in time, but lacks context.
Lifeway's research tells us 60% of Millennials in America leave faith, but 60% return.
Divorce is down in America--but marriage is down too, and cohabitation is up.
East Asia's changing urban landscape: measuring a decade of spatial growth.
Cuba: Youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban.
The power of research: to change the world, Bill & Melinda Gates say you have to study it first.
Oxfam created a stir with a stat, but the Economist says it's the wrong yardstick.
What Just Happened: Social media is mature, sharing becomes renting, and cybersecurity is big.
Your Digital Strategy: Shouldn't be about getting attention, but about serving.
Goodhart's Law: " When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."
If you're not failing, you're not growing (but failure itself is not enough). The billionaire who invented Spanx, more. Book excerpt.
Some from the failure of Target in Canada. Must read from Sarah Bessey.
blistering lessons churchplanters can learn Senior Christian voices in Europe are in a bind on reactions to the Charlie Hebdo violence. Economist.
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