Reach for the Sky!

May 16, 2014
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– Andy Wade – By now we’re all well aware of the of the continuing trend toward urbanization. A projected 80% of the world’s population may be living in cities by the year 2050. As the world’s major urban centers bulge, new challenges arise for the millions living in them. One of the bigger challenges […]

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Why Yesterday’s Expectations Are Ruining Today’s Future

June 7, 2013
Ben Hammersley

– by Andy Wade – Why Yesterday’s Expectations Are Ruining Today’s Future is a compelling and challenging video about our current assumptions regarding collaboration and the work environment. In this video (below), “Technologist Ben Hammersley asks: how do our traditional workplace models conflict with our new internet-driven expectations of how we might live and work […]

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Social Media and the Limits of Imagination

November 22, 2012
The Onion

– by Andy Wade – This brilliant piece by The Onion pokes fun at social media marketing but also challenges new assumptions being formed by our unbridled embrace of social media and marketing. Is one of the effects of this new “model” a dumbing down of our imagination? “Using your brains to think of a […]

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Ready or Not: Creating a New Reality

June 19, 2012

– by andy wade – We are creating the technology that is going to create the new shared experience, which will create the new world. So please, let’s make technology that makes people more human and not less. — Renny Gleeson In this humorous yet pointed clip, Renny Gleeson challenges us to be truly present […]

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Creepy Community?

May 25, 2012

– by Andy Wade – Steve Knight over at Patheos just posted a question and video (below) about the new app called Nextdoor. According the the New York Times, is “a neighborhood-based social network.” But really it’s much more. Imagine being able to see and share resources from lawnmowers to babysitting to elder care. […]

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From Devastation to Dirtbags

November 4, 2011
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– by Andy Wade – Tom Sine does a ton of research before he launches an MSA seminar. One of the preparations he enjoys most is discovering the imaginative and innovative edge, inside and outside the church. While preparing for his most recent conference with the Mennonites at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Tom uncovered New […]

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Ancient-Future Solutions

October 21, 2011

– by Scott Deerwester – Isaiah 58:12 says: Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell. (NASB) Here at the The Wildcat Center, we’ve often found ourselves looking […]

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Architect, David Vandervort

September 21, 2011
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by Andy Wade – Environmentally conscious, imaginative, culturally sensitive, community oriented. These are all words that describe Architect, and MSA Board member David Vandervort’s work. David is the architect for Mustard Seed Village,our new community and environmental center for creative imagination and pursuing the Kingdom purposes of God. Winner of a 2010 Ecohome Merit Award […]

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Shane Hipps on Technology-Shaped Faith

June 13, 2011
Shane Hipps

Mennonite Pastor and author of “Flickering Pixels“, Shane Hipps, is interviewed at Spring Arbor University, answering questions like: What is the place of online community and how might it affect our faith? How does our image-based culture affect how we learn and how we relate to our world? In what ways do you agree or […]

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