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U.S.SourceLink: What We’re Reading (and Tweeting)

Published Dec 22, 2014 by SourceLink Administrator

by: Cathi Forment Ulrich

"A small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead

We are curious and insatiable—just sit in one of our staff meetings and you’ll see how quickly we dig in to not only what’s going on with our affiliates, but what’s happening (and cathiulrichwhat will be coming) in entrepreneurship.

Constantly on the lookout for new trends to make our ecosystems, affiliates, entrepreneurs and economies stronger, we bring you this quick round up of interesting (and sometimes disruptive) ideas.

For more, follow us on U.S.SourceLink or follow our staff: Maria Meyers (@mariaemeyers), Jeremy Hegle (@jeremywhegle) and Cathi Ulrich (@heartwings1)

WorldFuture 2015 Annual Conference/Make the Future!

Entrepreneurship is all about our future and being disruptive. Very little dialogue about how to handle the future of entrepreneurship is occurring; the speed of change, the complexity, new leadership models, etc.

The World Future Society, an organization of people dedicated to exploring the future, is the place where this conversation is happening. Since its establishment more than 40 years ago, the society and The Futurist magazine have endeavored to serve as a neutral clearinghouse of ideas on the future. Their mission is to enable thinkers, political personalities, scientists and lay-people to share an informed, serious dialogue on what the future will be like.

Previous attendees at the World Future Society's annual conference have included President Gerald Ford, U.S. Vice President Al Gore Jr., scientist and inventor Buckminster Fuller, Sen. Edward Kennedy, pioneering feminist author Betty Friedan, U.S. Comptroller General David. M. Walker and scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil.

Faith & Work Connections Conference

Dorothy Sayers says it best: “Work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or should be, the full expression of the worker’s facilities, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental, and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.”

The traditional four leaders that are represented around the entrepreneurial economic development table come from academia, business, government and nonprofits. There is a very powerful fifth chair to be occupied by faith friendly organizations looking to transform entitlement to empowerment.

This event is open to professionals in all sectors - business, technology, healthcare, education, government, nonprofit, etc. - who are seeking to gain a better understanding of how to integrate faith, work, and whole-life stewardship. It’s a great segue to the faith friendly organizations that have the desires to improve communities locally, especially impoverished urban core.

SATtalks

SATtalks uses a TED Talks format to explore the following big idea: how can churches and other faith-based organizations pursue their missional goals in ways that lead to self-sustaining solutions where needs are being met without relying on charitable resources and where the person or community has the ability to provide the ongoing means and opportunities to achieve their full potential?

It’s a big, and long, question, to be sure. Most entrepreneurial support organizations have never really focused on the economic development capacity of the faith friendly organizations. In addition, these organizations already have a very captive audience that could lead to incredible community prosperity that builds from the inside out.

Cathi Forment Ulrich is Market Development Director for U.S.SourceLink, America's largest  resource network for entrepreneurs.