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Top 9: Highlights from my Weekly Checklist in October

Top 9: Highlights from my Weekly Checklist in October

It is hard to believe that we are wrapping up yet another month as we enter into the hectic holiday season of November & December!

With October concluded, I want to give you a glimpse from my Weekly Checklist throughout the past month.

In my Weekly Checklist email, which I send to fellow students of life, I share what I have found challenging, beautiful, and inspiring from the past week. Videos, songs, podcasts, and articles that are helping me as a life-long learner.

Here are my Top 9 highlights from the past month (also you can sign up to receive the Weekly Checklist by clicking here):   

  1. Have you heard about "The Long Conversation"? It's a new type of conference built on the unique concept of short conversations between 2 people, but where the participants change - one by one. Check it out.

  2. If you're like me, bite-sized news resources are a great tool. They keep you up-to-date and offer avenues to deeper dives into what you find most interesting. A few weeks ago I signed up for one of those resources and am loving it so far. Here is a 3-minute finance daily newsletter: Finimize.

  3. Want to work on learning a new language? Check out this website that lets you read classic books in parallel translations (i.e. your first language and your desired new language, side by side).

  4. "Leading U.S. tech companies say they have invented a system that uses artificial intelligence to forecast famine, allowing for proactive intervention before crisis strikes." It's called: "Famine Action Mechanism" and you can learn more about it here.

  5. My newest blog post has tips I've learned from my "rookie year" of being a missionary. You can read it here.

  6. For the first time in human history, over half of the global population is middle class or wealthier. Here's the report on this financial shift and what it could mean for the global economy.

  7. "The late physicist Stephen Hawking’s last writings predict that a breed of superhumans will take over, having used genetic engineering to surpass their fellow beings." More here.

  8. In this recently published report, researchers examined the implications of power outages in sub-Saharan Africa. The "cost" of an inconsistent power grid causes a rise in air emissions (from diesel generators) along with millions of dollars spent on those generators every year. From the abstract of this research: "increasing power system reliability for those with existing electricity access is a key component of meeting sustainable electricity access goals." Having lived in both Senegal and Ghana over the past year, I can attest to the increased costs that power outages cause for my wallet and for the environment. But, to take it further, how do these power outages affect the health and financial stability of those who can't afford generators? This article has left me wondering how an increase in power reliability might impact those faced with poverty.

  9. And, lastly, one quote I have been wrestling with recently: "If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark

What do you think?

Let me know which of these 9 highlights you like the best by commenting below!

My belief is that in order to be like Christ and to have His compassion - we must keep learning as children of God & students of God's Creation.

Hope these links help you help others.


p.s. - Sign up for my Weekly Checklist here and get more resources like this right into your inbox every Monday morning.

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