TED, “Thank you, washing machine . . . that gave us time to read books!”
You may recall Swedish economist Hans Rosling’s short BBC video about economic growth and well-being, which we featured in our March newsletter. Rosling is back with a quirky, unforgettable TED talk on the washing machine and global poverty. When Rosling’s mother no longer had to wash everything laboriously by hand, she used that free time to read him books. Rosling asks why we wouldn’t want the world’s poor to have that time for their children, too.
Gordon-Conwell Seminar, “Should Christians be in Business?”
The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace, which features prominently in this month’s Seminary Spotlight, sponsored a seminar last year on Christ and business. President Dennis Hollinger and Mockler Professor David Gill spoke; links to video clips are collected here. Don’t miss Gill’s “four ways to be salt,” which includes a description of some specific church-based practices.
New clips from AGTS event, “Flourishing Churches and Communities”
In March we featured full-length videos from an Assemblies of God Theological Seminary event celebrating Charlie Self’s primer on faith, work, and economics; they’re now collected on a playlist. We have clipped some very short segments from those presentations, so you can go straight to the most interesting material – click here for clips from Greg Forster’s speech, and here for clips from Stephen Grabill and Dwight Gibson’s joint presentation.
Values & Capitalism, “How Do You Take Down Poverty?”
Tegu is a toy company fighting poverty in Honduras through profitable business grounded in human dignity and the capacity of all people to be productive and serve human needs. Tegu has been honored at the Q Conference, Redeemer Faith and Work’s Ei Forum, and Praxis Labs. The American Enterprise Institute’s Values and Capitalism program has created an outstanding video telling Tegu’s story; the video highlights the humanity, love, and community behind this economic success.
The Last Mile, “Demo Day 2013”
The Last Mile is a ministry that helps prison inmates transition to productive work and entrepreneurship. Check out the video of their “demo day,” where they share success stories.