JustinLong.org: The Weekly Roundup, 5/5Posted on May 5, 2017 by Kurtis AmundsonSeptember 18, 2020 Not showing up right? View this email in your browser. 2017, Issue No. 18, May 5 Data | LongReads | LifeHacks | Startups | UPG Stories | Futures | Quotes The puppy is sad you haven’t joined 50-plus readers who Patronize missions research. Be a patron, and enable the Roundup + mission research analysis, advice. New events North Africa Algeria: New book: The history of Algeria from 1830-2000. … about the colonial era and wounds that remain far from healed. … or, Echoes of colonial conflict in Algeria reverberate in French politics. Egypt: ‘Pope Francis arrive in Egypt at a time of great fear among Christians.’ … targeted in bombings, drive-by shootings, assassinations … … Forgiveness: Muslims moved as Coptic Christians do the unimaginable. Libya: Breakthrough talks appear to yield deal between rival factions. … and, Libya a hub for online arms trading. West Africa Piracy attacks off coast nearly doubled in 2016 Niger: The region quietly piloting a Boko Haram amnesty. … families whose children joined BH, told to spread the word: surrender, we’ll help you Nigeria: Violence in S Kaduna threatens to undermine democratic stability. Senegal: China’s appetite pushes West African fisheries to the brink … Chinese ships so large they scoop as many fish in one week as Senegalese in a year East Africa/Horn: Ethiopia: facing an almost unknown killer drought. Somalia: US asks aid groups for their locations, signalling possible air strikes Sudan: Silent conflicts: State censorship in the war zones … restrictions make it difficult to gain access to some regions for reporting or otherwise S Sudan: Civil war spirals into genocide, leaving ghost towns in its wake. … British troops arrive to provide engineering, medical aid. … Millions on the brink of war-driven starvation in South Sudan. Central Asia Tajikistan: Taliban advances but Dushanbe sanguine. … and, migrant workers return from Russia, where economic crisis hitting migrants hard. Turkmenistan: Might and happiness, but few eggs. Uzbekistan: Plans to issue free-visa policy for Indonesians. (Trainers…?) West Asia/Gulf Iraq: 4 neighborhoods away from fully capturing Mosul. … 1.5 million Christians have left Iraq since 2003, says an Iraqi MP. … Kurdistan: playing the independence game. Israel: Israel’s invisible Filipino work force. Jordan: King vows to protect Arab Christians. Saudi Arabia: Thousands of Indian workers are stuck in Saudi Arabia as economy sags. … more than 10,000 have lost their jobs and many are stuck there. Turkey: Women are dying in Turkey: ‘thousands murdered or assaulted in recent years’ … ‘rights and protections for women are being curbed at an alarming rate…’ South Asia Afghanistan: Taliban announces spring offensive: ‘main focus would be foreign forces’ … goal is to implement a shadow, sharia-based government at local level in controlled areas … all foreigners will likely be considered legitimate targets, and attacks are probable … already a record number of casualties among Afghan soldiers and civilians Bangladesh: ‘Christianity thriving in the midst of persecution’ … estimate of 10% is high (prob. more 2-5%), but many reports confirm widespread growth India: 103-yr-old lexicographer on lifetime thinking about one of India’s oldest languages … focus on Kannada, the dominant language of Karnataka. Mostly unreached. … and, India’s Silicon Valley is dying of thirst; your city may be next. Bangalore. East Asia A good CFR backgrounder on the China-North Korea relationship China: How much does the Global Times represent the views of China’s leadership? … Don’t miss: Ian Johnson on Religion in China, Past and Future. … China’s migrant workers top 280 million: often key to Gospel spread, cross-pollination N Korea: Kim Jong-un is a survivor, not a madman. … ‘might seem irrational to outsiders, but regime is just taking logical actions to survive’ … China Global Times editorial warns a sixth nuclear test could lead to a point of no return. … Pres. Trump says willing to meet with Kim Jong-un under the right circumstances. … THAAD goes live in South Korea. Southeast Asia Indonesia: An election in Jakarta, an omen for Indonesia. … Roundtable discusses role of religion in politics in Indonesia for 90 minutes: transcript. … Another panel discusses the role of gender and Islam in Indonesian public policy. … But the case of Ahok and the election is complex. Here’s analysis of some of the nuance. Singapore: Government investing in boosting AI capabilities. Thailand: Intensifies state control under new king. New Data Facebook nears 2 billion users. USA: an astrophysicist used NASA data to make a detailed map of US racial diversity … gives a bird’s eye view, although it doesn’t get down into specific ethnic groups. Under Caesar’s Sword: $1.1 million survey exploring how Christians respond to persecution … in 25 of the hardest places, funded by Templeton Religion Trust. Pew: 10 demographic trends shaping the U.S. and the world in 2017. … How will these shape mobilization, fundraising trends? Could do with some analysis. US Census: changing economics and demographics of young adulthood, 1975-2016 … impacts the kinds of candidates being recruited World Bank: Migration and Remittances Brief 27 (PDF, 32pp). … remittances to developing countries declined; India had the largest decline. … it’s the second year in a row for declines, and hits many poor countries hard … several high-income countries considering taxing outward remittances Longer reads Garber, Megan. “Are we having too much fun?” … ‘teachers good only if effectively entertain; televangelists = informercial feel to faith’ … America imprisoned by its own need for amusement. How does this affect mission? Herbert, David. Billions of $ later, Josephy Kony (LRA) remains at large. … world lost interest in bringing to justice: US troops hunting him have begun pulling out. Knowles, Daniel. Africa is urbanizing without globalizing. … ‘African cities are built for consuming, not creating, wealth’ … ‘Kinshasa is 3rd largest city in Africa yet only 11 departing international flights daily’ … ‘Most of Africa’s megacities are an unproductive mix of slums and white elephants’ … and, it’s easier for North Americans to travel within Africa than Africans themselves The ‘untranslateable emotions’ you never knew you had … many foreign emotion words have no English equivalent … learning to identify & cultivate these experiences can give a richer and fuller life Holtz, Shel. The value of curating content. Great way to create community. … also, ‘great way to burst your filter bubble… see alternative points of view.’ … (this newsletter, obviously, is curation. I’d love to see others in the missions community do the same) Lifehacking, Tactics, Skills, Rules OSACReport: Kidnapping: the Basics. … types of kidnapping, general kidnapping mitigation, resources. How anyone can make insanely better slides. 45 slides that illustrate some easy solutions. Prioritization: The Eisenhower Box: 4-quadrant of urgent vs. important. … you’ll recognize the box. The delves into some practical applications to implement. … particularly interesting: ‘elimination before optimization’ … ‘business is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action’ Prioritization: The two-list strategy: another form of ruthless evaluation, good-not-great Why the inventor of Inbox Zero disavowed it: another view on worth of time management … ‘techniques designed to enhance productivity seem to exacerbate the very anxieties…’ … ‘the better you get at managing time, the less of it you feel that you have…’ … ‘The more you can convince yourself that you need never make difficult choices – because there will be enough time for everything – the less you will feel obliged to ask yourself whether the life you are choosing is the right one.’ How to customize your Facebook News Feed to maximize your productivity. … or at least not as distracting and blood-pressure-raising. Good, basic, practical steps. Developing a learning process: why Elon Musk learns faster, better than anyone else … brief, practical analysis on becoming an expert-generalist. Personal OKRs, three years later. … 3,000 words on setting personal objectives-key-results: skim for lots of good material … especially appreciated difference between ‘explore’ and ‘exploit’ time quarters. 5 practical tips on how to ask for feedback. … be specific on what you need, say what you don’t need, ask the right people, 2 more… 50 life lessons: some real gems in this short post (and some that you’ll think are cliche) … Best: frame every so-called disaster with: ‘in 5 years, will this matter?’ Pioneer Mission Startups, Strategy Vanity metrics vs. Clarity metrics: the latter are the hidden gears that drive growth … vanity metric most often no. of people using your service: who’s winning, but not why … zero in on the earliest action; organize data into event streams; look for times of inaction Wiles, Jerry. Is orality really effective in sharing the Gospel? Zylstra, Sarah. Unprecedented unity among Bible translators transforms giving. … ‘lessons learned from illumiNations initiative could help other causes’ Why companies are not startups: why big companies struggle with innovation. … startups, designed to search for a business model; companies, for repeatable execution … must choose to optimize for exploring (search) or execution (repeatably do same thing) Lose more, win big: the power of high-failure strategies: there are two reasons to “fail fast” … 1) find errors by making them, learning from/not repeating them, to get to what works … 2) get through the haystack of “no’s” to find the needle of “yes.” … explores the latter. Get through 100 “no’s” to find the one “yes” that makes the sale. … (or, get through 100 “no’s” to find the one Person of Peace who starts the CPM). The fastest growing companies start really slowly: podcast. … ‘it can take several years to really figure things out’ The Backfire Effect: why some things generate an emotional response, and others don’t. … written as a comic. Fair warning: some sporadic strong language in here. … that warning said, this is incredibly important to bear in mind when mobilizing … many of the things we share will challenge peoples’ cherished beliefs. Be prepared. UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories Derailed: India’s rickety railways are in deep financial trouble, kill thousands each year Insight into Central Asia from a tour guide. Photographer captures intimacy of daily life in Cambodia. Futuristics/Technology “I strongly suspect that augmented reality/mixed reality will be the new multitouch” … the new universal platform to follow smartphones. ~Benedict Evans ‘The daily lives of 900 million Chinese are conducted through a single app: WeChat. #Censorship: Turkey blocks Wikipedia. … The reality of life under Turkey’s Internet censorship machine. … China is writing its own Wikipedia. And new rules reign in online news services. #Commerce: How online shopping makes suckers of us all: issues of dynamic pricing. … ‘extracting the last possible penny from your wallet’ #Media: Netflix isn’t afraid of people releasing streaming video on Bittorrent … streaming killed piracy: down from 23% of N American web traffic in 2011 to 5% now Lyrebird: enables you to copy the voice of anyone. In beta-testing. … put words in anyone’s mouth, realistically. #Robots: The race to build the world’s first sex robot (BBC). … Long read, safe for work, explores possibilities, ethics, long-term implications #Robots: Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs will deliver packages. #Social: Can Facebook fix its own worst bug? … Can hyperconnectivity solve problems it creates? … ‘decades of research shows most of us prefer stuff that feels true to our worldview… … even if it isn’t true at all; mining preference signals likely to lead us deeper into bubbles’ … affects the ability for mission agencies to share vision with Christians on Facebook. … more, ‘Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts: and it’s getting worse’ … and, 4 reasons why fake news is here to stay (and will remain a serious problem) … media consumption habits, you don’t fact-check your friends, you want social news, … … Facebook is adding 3,000 people to its community operations team to respond to reports … finally, speaking of insulated social media places: where the Internet’s 1% hang out Google Classroom now available to users without G Suite for Education. … users can join classes, and create classes. Might explore for mission education. That Amazon Echo Look camera that watches you dress might be invasive surveillance. … or, it might be the next step in custom tailoring and manufacturing clothing. Or both. … how much privacy would someone give up to have clothes tailored perfectly to them? Quotable Hanlon’s Razor: ‘Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by neglect.’ “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” ~Edward Abbey “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ~Mary Anne Radmacher Copyright © 2017 JustinLong.org, All rights reserved. By signing up at www.justinlong.org Our mailing address is: JustinLong.org PO Box 860548 Plano, TX 75086 Add us to your address book Want to change how you receive these emails? 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