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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

What Would You Do with 100 Coders and Developers?

What Would You Do with 100 Coders and Developers?

I must say that my job at Leadership Network is pretty cool.  I’ll write more about that in another post soon, but the things I get to do to resource and serve church leaders is fantastic.  One of the initiatives I am a part of is called Beyond Digital.  This initiative is a strategic move ‘forward’ to create impact-oriented conversations among churches, as well as Kingdom-minded individuals and organizations, to leverage the latest trends in technology and new media for the mission of God. One ‘arm’ of this initiatives is a series of hackathons that will be hosted in tech centers around the country, such as New York, Seattle, and Austin.  Our goal is to lower the barriers of cost and access to tech talent in order for church leaders to have an opportunity to think about and develop digital tools for Kingdom purposes.  (I told you…cool!)  The first event, hosted in partnership with Carpenter’s Lab and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, is scheduled for June 28-30 in Silicon Valley. For...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Infographic: Top Tech Tools for the Church

Infographic: Top Tech Tools for the Church

My work with Leadership Network has given me the opportunity to talk with church leaders about the technology and digital tools they are using to advance the Kingdom.  This is great fun for me, because I’ve always been a bit of a tech/gadget geek.  The past few months have caused me to give thanks for all the brilliant and creative minds that exist in the church and are dedicated to Kingdom things.  I am also excited about the future.  Based on a conversation I had just this morning, God is opening some amazing doors for life-change through technology.  I’ll have more to share on that after the first of May. As part of the Beyond Digital Initiative at LN, I have invited leaders across the country to give feedback on the tools they are using inside and outside the church.  Today over on the LN blog I posted the Top Tech Tools for the Church infographic that represents the results of their feedback.  I thought you might enjoy it....

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Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Blog, Media, Technology |

Virtual Choir Live | TED

Virtual Choir Live | TED

You may have seen the video on TED from a couple of years ago after a fan video posted to YouTube sparked a crazy idea: could he take singers from across the globe, have them sing the same piece on video, and edit it together into a virtual choir? The results of this experiment quickly went viral. And at TED2011, Whitacre spoke about the aha moment behind the choir, and debuted a new piece from the unusual ensemble. In his latest talk, given at TED2013, Whitacre takes this idea to the next level — combining multiple choirs on stage with singers from 32 different countries via Skype, all of them making beautiful choral music together in real time.  The choirs who appeared on the TED stage are from: California State University, Long Beach Campus California State University, Fullerton Campus Riverside City College A list of the remote singers and the countries they represent: Gina Alvarado, Argentina Wei Jiang, Australia Lucas Mateus, Brazil Ariana Del Bianco, Canada Anita Yañez, Chile Meg...

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Beyond Digital Initiative | Leadership Network Blog

Beyond Digital Initiative | Leadership Network Blog

One of the new projects I am involved in at Leadership Network is called the Beyond Digital Initiative.  Its an exciting opportunity to engage church leaders, Kingdom-minded organizations, and tech talent from around the country to collaborate on new tools and models for impacting the world using technology.  The Church has long been ‘behind the curve’ when it comes to technology adoption and use.  We’re planning to play a little catch up over the next couple of years. The Beyond Digital Initiative will be made up of two primary components: The Beyond Digital Leadership Community: A 2-year, peer-centered group of 10-12 innovative churches who have made a significant investment in digital tools and strategies and have a desire to keep digital a large part of their overall strategy.  Throughout four gatherings over the 2-year period, teams will have an opportunity to share best practices, learn from leaders across multiple domains, and develop new solutions for their churches and communities. Code for the Kingdom Hackathon Series: Beginning this summer in...

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Blog, Technology |

WriteThat.Name – Have You Tried It?

WriteThat.Name – Have You Tried It?

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for things that will make my life easier, more simple. Now that I’m managing four email addressees (down from 6 last year), anything that can help keep all my contacts current and organized is a big deal. Enter WriteThat.Name. This nifty little app scours your email inbox to curate data related to your contacts so you don’t have to.   Phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts, and more. From their FAQ’s: 1) How does WriteThat.Name analyze my emails? It’s very simple: the system securely recognizes the signature blocks in incoming emails, and is able to extract all contact details (full name, email, phone number, address, Linkedin account, etc.), and automatically (or manually, if you choose so) register this new data to your address book. Then, if any changes occur in contacts’ details, the system will recognize the change, and update your address book. 2) Which email providers/languages is the system compatible with? WriteThat.name is currently available for...

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Blog, Technology |

Technology and Church – DJ Chaung

Technology and Church – DJ Chaung

DJ Chaung was one of the knowledge presenters at the Internet Ministries Innovation Lab at Leadership Network this week. His presentation, a nifty mash-up of videos, stats, and other info, covered some of the latest trends in information and tech, challenging these church leaders to consider the impact these trends will have on their internet ministries, as well as their churches ‘offline’ efforts. Here are a few highlights: Internet Campuses In mid to late 2007 there were 6 churches doing internet campuses. Now, there are 79. Personalization Technology now allows institutions, organizations, and companies the ability to deliver content in highly personal ways. Book recommendation: The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing, by Linda Gansky Gamification Companies and organizations are increasing engagement and status through leveling and achievement (this one sparked some really interesting conversations related to church). Media Consumers We didn’t necessarily become couch potatoes because we wanted to, but because we like to consume content and sitting in front of the TV on the sofa...

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