#UPGProfile, Photocollage: What commuting looks like around the world. Some fun and interesting photos that can also highlight cultural differences.
“South Sudan schoolgirls resisting early marriage.” Al Jazeera video. More than half of girls in South Sudan drop out before age 18, many under pressure to get married.
“The reason we eat mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival originates in a folk tale about undying love and betrayal.”: the Mid-Autumn festival falls on oct. 4, and means family reunions and endless mooncakes in many Asian communities around the world.
#UPGProfile: “Medan in the spotlight: a city on the edge of the global palm trade.” 4th biggest city, also a gateway to Aceh. “Medan has thrived off the multibillion dollar palm oil trade, but the controversial business comes at a destructive cost…”
I process a lot of information, in the form of news items through trends analysis and “how-to/lifehacking/business strategies posts.” Here are some suggestions based on how I work, that might help you:
- I use social media to connect with and discover thinkers. Social media is my way of finding people who regularly publish things I want to read.
- I subscribe to email newsletters from these thinkers and regular publishing outlets, that arrive in my inbox. I don’t have to worry about missing what someone says, because it automatically comes to me.
- I use a variety of ways to access news items (eg newspapers, magazines): Flipboard, Feedly (RSS Feeds), Tweetbot (with a curated list on Twitter), and a curated list of links (stored in a Google Doc) that takes me straight to the specific pages on a newspaper (eg NYT World). I use these different ways at whatever time is convenient (Feedly on desktop, Flipboard on phone, and so on) – but (and this is most important) whenever I find an article, I save it to Pocket. Whatever you use to save is unimportant – I’ve tried different mechanisms – the point is that the broad “funnel” of news sources gets narrowed to one, shared, central location. (That way you don’t have to go back to each system’s way of “saving” articles).
- In email (I use Gmail), I use filters to automatically sort incoming newsletters by frequency. I do this because it’s the simplest way (trying to analyze “topic” is too hard for most newsletters) and because frequency is a great sorter – weekly newsletters typically have a different kind of content from daily newsletters (often deeper) and newsletters that share the same frequency often share the same quality of content. Plus, if I don’t sort by frequency, monthly and weekly newsletters can get lost in the clutter of daily.
- (I also sort out “daily link recommender” type emails from “daily news summary” emails, as these two are quite different – I have some Google News Alerts set up.)
- I have learned to very rapidly skim all of these items for things I want to go deeper into. When I encounter something, I immediately save the link to Pocket (usually right-click, save to pocket). Then, in the mornings, I go back through these for material for this Daily Blog, which eventually feeds into the Weekly Blog.
The point of all this is to have a broad net, yet have a way of quickly moving things from level to level in the net. I can’t give equal attention to 1,000 twitter posts, but I can decide for any single poster a “yes/no” about whether I want to hear more from them. Then, for any single emailed newsletter, I can decide “yes/no”, for a bit of the newsletter (e.g. a link or an article or whatever) whether to save to Pocket. This gradually reduces, by a series of quick decisions, the number of articles I need to deal with.
“Uzbekistan in the spotlight“: [with the change in government] the center of Central Asia has turned its focus to multilateral regional cooperation.
Microsoft Excel is about to get a lot smarter: machine learning will help it recognize data types (company names, cities, countries, etc) and pull data from APIs; also pull interesting data from a spreadsheet and visualize it, generating insights automatically.
“Economics and democracy: Myanmar’s myriad challenges” (Diplomat). Nationalism and the crisis in Rakhine hide the economic roots of the NLD’s weakness.
“A 2×2 matrix to help you prioritize the skills to learn right now” (HBR). This is an interesting approach to figuring out what we should “learn next.” It also lends itself to identify phases for just-in-time training. It would be potentially useful to identify the skills in CPM/DMM (or in any other large missiological body of knowledge; for example, BAM) and break them down by “time” and “utility” as this article suggests.
“All North Korean firms and joint ventures in China to be closed” (SCMP). Given 120 days from 9/11 to shut down. Will it be enforced? What will happen to the workers? What will happen to smuggling?
“3-year-old girl becomes Nepal’s new living goddess.” “‘It is our tradition that after the living goddess reaches age 12 we have to find a new one and the search begins. We have to make sure that the goddess is suitable to bring good fortune for the country,’ said Gautam Shakya, a priest in the panel.”
“IBM now has more employees in India than in the U.S.” If you want to do something in tentmaking or BAM, it might be good to look at roles inside or on the edges of Fortune 500 companies.
Editor’s Note: I do continue to update old posts with new articles & links about the subject; for example, this post about the Kurdish referendum has been updated with several new pieces. These will eventually make their way to the Roundup, but checking justinlong.org/blog will let you see updates.
Also, want to read an article often behind a newspaper paywall? Often, right-clicking the link, opening in an Incognito or Private window will get you in.
“China’s modern families: double income and invisible kid.“: “Child-averse young couples are increasingly succumbing to social pressure to start families, only to foist the kids onto older relatives.” This is a fascinating piece of research; I wonder how widespread this trend actually is? “…expressed a general dislike of children… difficulties with raising a child… chastised for dim view of parenthood… pressure to continue family line… had a kid for our parent’s sake… hounding us about it constantly… gave our child to our parents to raise, while our lives remain centered around each other…”
9/27 “My parents say hurry up and find a girl”: China’s millions of lonely ‘leftover men.’ By 2020, 30 million more young men than women in China.
“African entrepreneurs have made Guangzhou a truly global city.” The urban center of the world’s manufacturing powerhouse, the Pearl River Delta. This region is also a center of a major CPM that has impacted migrants who have brought the Gospel back to their homes in China.
“Locating the Rohingya in time and space“: On the Rohingya, history, identity, belonging. Al Jazeera, with chart showing the major ethnic groups of Myanmar.
Historic decree for Saudi Arabia
Saudis wonder what’s next after King allows women to drive
Saudi Arabia agrees to let women drive
Allowing Saudi women to drive is about more than who’s at the wheel.
Amid congratulations over Saudi decision to let women drive, some are wary
End of Saudi women driving ban reflects deep changes in society
#Indonesia: Nearly 100,000 people have fled Bali as tremors from Mount Agung intensify. The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100.
Men, Muscle, Iron, Rock: an all too brief look at the men driving a new all-weather highway into the side of a cliff in Afghanistan on the way from Dushanbe to Khorog. H/T Hannah A.
“How the top-heavy Catholic Church is losing the ground game in China.” “…The religion is still predominantly rural, but Dongergou and much of rural China are emptying out, with faith sometimes not making the leap to the big city…”