Differentiation or Lowest-cost Provider?

May 11, 2011

Steve Moore and I were talking on the phone. We decided that one of the most important organizational issues missions face today is “differentiation.” Differentiation is what makes a mission stand out as unique from all the others. Just as God gives specific unique gifts and callings to individuals, He often does the same to [...]

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Deep Change: 3 Drivers, 2 Amplifiers and 1 Game Changer

May 5, 2011

In May of 1991, Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev went to the Mir Space Station, where he spent 311 days in orbit. But what makes his story remarkable is not what happened in outer space, it’s what happened on earth. While Sergei was in orbit the nation that sent him into space went out of business. [...]

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A LinkJournal on Deep Change

April 30, 2011

We’re not the only ones thinking about Deep Change. Here are a few scenarios and blog posts that others are going through. What are the waves of deep change for the American church to ride? Roy King blogs a list, organized into three categories: change in how we organize ourselves, change in how we live [...]

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Building the Deep Change Skillset

April 13, 2011

This morning on my blog, The Long View, I posted a new article related to swarms: Why swarms are better than fads. In that particular article I make a number of arguments about swarms, but the primary one is this: that swarms help their members create successful and sustainable habits which endure over a long [...]

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The Limits of Safeguards and Human Foresight

April 8, 2011

  Paul McKaughan “The sobering fact is that mega disasters like the Japanese earthquake can overcome the best efforts of our species to protect against them. No matter how high the levee or how flexible the foundation, disaster experts say, nature bats last.” John Schwartz – The Limits of Safeguards and Human Foresight Organizational resets [...]

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Outputs vs. Outcomes?

April 1, 2011

  Paul McKaughan Business and marketing Guru Steve Denning, writing in Forbes Magazine, made the point that there has been a significant change our capitalistic society. We have moved from shareholder capitalism, where the owner of capital and means of production was king, to a time when the customer now calls the shots. He called [...]

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Change, or die.

March 30, 2011

It is, perhaps, a graphic way to put it: equilibrium is death. Moments of peace are to be encouraged. But a lifetime of stagnation, lacking in change, is to be avoided at all costs. This is just as true in Christian ministry or Christian missions as it is in Beanie Babies and Political Campaigns. Unfortunately, [...]

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On the accuracy (or impossibility) of long-range predictions

March 16, 2011

Last night I was teaching on the Status of Global Christianity & Global Challenges at a local Perspectives course and the question was posed, how do “wildcard” type events—things that you would never have predicted—impact research and projections? For instance, if you were presenting research on, say, Latin America at a point in time about [...]

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The Avalanche

March 4, 2011

Steve Moore, in his position paper for the Reset Conference, presented to us the metaphor of a conical sand pile to illustrate the unpredictability and inevitability of deep change. Danish geologist and physicist, Per Bak, asked the question, “If you piled sand, grain by grain, until it made a cone about the size of your [...]

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Unexpected Ripples of Deep Change

March 4, 2011

In 2001, a spate of new computer software programs were released which enabled people to share music with each other over what were termed “peer-to-peer” networks. These programs would allow one person, for example, to “share” his entire music library, and others to download exact digital copies of each file (without paying for them). Each [...]

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