Around the web this week

A few things that have got me thinking and musing this week.

Justice and phones
What’s your phone got to do with a war?

Via Robin Peake

One of a few helpful pieces from Tearfund Rhythms on phones and conflict minerals. One of the reasons why I bought a Fairphone – topic of a future blog!


Breaking news: Fifa say Hell will host 2026 World Cup

Via Gary Lineker

Great piece from the Telegraph on the farce that is FIFA.


Experiments show this is the best way to win campaigns. But is anyone actually doing it?

Via Tom Baker

From the US – What is the most effective form of political campaigning and why is it not used as it should be? I resonated with this in terms of my likelihood to vote for candidates I have the opportunity to engage with on the doorstep.

Thank heavens for Justin Welby

Via Pete Greig

How Lambeth Palace is worth listening to again and Justin Welby’s taking on of Wonga and payday loan companies by providing an alternative.

Sweden’s Prostitution Solution: Why Hasn’t Anyone Tried This Before?

How the Swedes have tackled traficking with incredible results.


Young people, riots and character
The New Politics of Character

Via Robin Peake

The results of a study into young people participating in riots in London revealed that the key factor was not lack of money or lack of morality but lack of character. What follows is an interesting discussion on defining and developing character in young people.

For the sake of our cities, it’s time to make town planning cool again

On the need for visionary planner more passionate about flourishing than bowing to the whims of developers.

Leadership, change and church
“The Top Ten Reasons This will Never Work”: On Leading Change in the Church

Via David Fitch

Despite my not being a fan of numbered lists there is some helpful stuff in here on  leading change in churches and some of the many objections…

A quote

And finally a couple of tunes for the weekend…

Leonard Cohen – Did I Ever Love You?

And Springsteen from Dublin back in 2006 – When the Saints Go Marching In




2 thoughts on “Around the web this week”

  1. I read that piece about Justin Welby. I didn’t like it. I don’t know much about him other than the general picture painted in the article. I couldn’t give his views on Welby much credence as he woefully mischaracterised Rowan Williams.

    I particularly disliked the part where he suggests that Welby would NEVER come out and suggest that markets are malign in and of themselves. Given the markets led to Wonga I would imagine that Welby would have a lot to say about the markets.

    Also, it seemed to suggest that church leadership is really about effectiveness and not about prayer and thoughtfulness and consistency .

  2. Yeah it was pretty harsh on Rowan Williams. Still its the Spectator and some of article says more about their/author’s perspective than Welby’.
    I loved that Downing St get annoyed with his speeches!
    I think Welby is very sharp and knows how to operate in ways that are making a positive impact such as what he has done on Wonga et al. Church leadership is about prayer and thoughtfulness and fruitfulness.

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