Thursday, January 21, 2016

The death of the Midwestern church

The death of the Midwestern church
Pacific-Standard: Rural neighborhood churches, once the heart of many Iowan communities, are disappearing along with local schools. The result is a tear in the social fabric of life in the Midwest.

Inside the growing social media skills gap
Fast Company: Nearly 90% of U.S. companies are currently using Twitter, Facebook and other networks -- all jockeying for their share of the estimated $1.3 trillion in value that social media stands to unlock. There's just one small problem: The contemporary workforce is woefully ill-equipped to help companies unlock it.

Trump, evangelicals and the media's struggles with religion
U.S. News & World Report: The media, especially the political press, can get queasy when a religious topic evolves beyond a narrow recitation of which candidate evangelicals, Catholics or Jews might tend toward, at least according to polling. The essential blind spots the press embodies are rather consistent, namely biblical literacy and a lack of a sense of history.
The Christian Science Monitor: Why Ted Cruz isn't backing off 'God talk,' even in N.H.

Pope appeals to Davos elite: 'Do not forget the poor'
America: "This is the primary challenge before you as leaders in the business world," he told government ministers from over 100 countries and some 1,500 CEOs and senior figures of the most important companies in 25 sectors participating at this annual gathering in the Swiss Alps.
MIT Technology Review: The world is more unequal than ever. Is that because of technology?

A 10-year study reveals what great executives know and do
Harvard Business Review: What separated the "best of the best" from everyone else is a consistent display of mastery across four highly correlated dimensions, while "good" executives may have only excelled in two or three. Executives who shine across all four of these dimensions achieve the greatest success for themselves and their organizations.

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