MissionalTrails.app: Pokémon GO Into All The Nations

June 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” — Proverbs 29:18a (KJV)

In our breakout session at the “hope” Kingdom Networking event, Tim Svboda of YWAM SF taught us that “Information creates Vision creates Mobilization creates Transformation.”  In particular, it is incredibly helpful to know the the ratio and distribution of:

  •  ethne: people groups, cultural touch points
  • evangel: churches, seminaries, ministries, etc.

Both at the aggregate “macro” city level for strategic planning, and at the “micro” street level for personal presence and ministry.

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Third Millennium Values

March 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

I deeply appreciate and respect the new focus and push for 21st-century learning outcomes.  I just don’t think they go far enough.

Here are the four core character traits that I believe are foundational to creating those outcomes, as well as healthier individuals, communities, and society.

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How to Fund Growth

July 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Most organizations’ financial structures are designed for predictability rather than explosive growth.

To change that, we must:

Invest Constructively in Passion

Specifically:

1. Align Incentives

  • Learn what people deeply want.
  • Articulate how they can pursue that by contributing to the organization’s mission

2. Unleash Talent

  • Learn where people are the happiest and most productive.
  • Build support systems that allow them to maximize flow.

3. Virtualize Infrastructure

  • Learn which essential tasks nobody is able to do efficiently and awesomely.
  • Sell those to a business that sees the opportunity.

Can Startup Thinking Solve the Innovator’s Dilemma?

July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

When I discussed theories about how and whether Apple has solved the Innovator’s Dilemma, I neglected to mention my favorite theory:

Institutionalizing Startup Thinking (IST)

Apple has solved the Innovator’s Dilemma by institutionalizing startup thinking.

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The Innovator’s Restaurant: Architecting for Creativity

June 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

Andrew Dunn from Insight Labs recently posted a call for metaphors about Iterating imagination:

Creativity. Structure. The two are normally thought to be at odds. But for a large organization to produce imaginative results again and again, it must have a structure that anticipates reinvention.

He listed four models they came up with:

  • Church and Statethese two ways of thinking access different parts of the brain and people with radically different skill sets
  • Turn! Turn! Turn!The relationship between reinvention and maximization is a natural cycle
  • Planned Obsolescenceafter a set period,  switch to reinvention mode and rebuild the strategy
  • The Star Within a Star: the overall system is built in a way to blow things up again and again
These aren’t bad metaphors for organizational structure.  But, as I told Benedict Nelson, I fear they miss the most important point.

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