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Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

We Must Do the Hard Work of Unravelling Our Bias

By: on March 9, 2022

In her book, “Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias,” Pragya Agarwal, a behavioral scientist and freelance journalist, tries to show that we all have unintentional biases that effects how we perceive the world and therefore how we act and communicate. Her book was published in 2020 and contains twelve chapters in four sections. She states the purpose…

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Keep Out!

By: on March 9, 2022

A fascinating read! Named as one of the 100 most influential women in the UK nonprofit sector, Dr. Pragya Agarwal lives and works in the UK as a behavioral scientist, author, consultant, and speaker. In her book, Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias, Agarwal utilizes the field of social science to help readers understand how our unconscious…

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Life is a Game, The Game is Risk-y

By: on March 9, 2022

Pragya Agarwal brings her education and experience as a behavioral and data scientist to her deeply researched book, Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias. Agarwal deftly unpacks the science of how the brain is responsible for the inclinations of human biases, in particular those that are unconscious and take place through System 1 thinking.[1] She shares stories…

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What is Your Name?

By: on March 9, 2022

Pragya Agarwal’s Sway provides a comprehensive understanding of the various biases we each have, how we utilize them in our interactions with others, and offers suggestions for how to combat those that result in negative outcomes for our self or others. Agarwal, a behavioral and data scientist, not only provides a research-based analysis of biases…

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Integrating the Collective Unconscious

By: on March 8, 2022

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then they heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the…

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The sovereignty of God guarantees the continued relevance and indispensability of evangelicalism.

By: on March 5, 2022

Karl Polanyi is a historian and political economist who wrote the book, The Great Transformation, as historical explanations of the political and economic origins of the collapse of nineteenth-century civilization, and the great transformation that he had lived through in the twentieth century.[1] Jason Clark is a Theologian, leadership expert and a pastor in the…

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Can We See Our Own Blind Spots?

By: on March 4, 2022

I recognize there is an inherent logic challenge with my blog title. By definition, one cannot see one’s blind spots. If it were possible, they would not be blind spots. And yet, this week’s readings pushed me to see the blind spots in the economic system that has been like what air—polluted air—is to my…

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A Transformation that Works

By: on March 3, 2022

Perhaps more than anything else, The Great Transformation highlights the incredible power of human ideas, the need for these ideas to benefit all, and what could result when these ideas miss the mark. Polanyi argues that market liberalism, regardless of how good the intentions of Friedrich Hayek and other proponents may have been, is significantly…

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Bleeding in the struggle of land, labor, and money

By: on March 3, 2022

The Great transformation was written by Karl Polanyi who was an Austro-Hungarian economic historian and historical sociologist who lived from 1886-1964. This book was one of his best known works in which he argues against the self-regulating markets. Joseph Stiglitz summarized Polanyi’s central argument in self-regulating markets as “deficiencies, not only in their internal workings…

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The Really Big Transformation as Life Happens

By: on March 3, 2022

In less than 2 hours I will tell the church I have been serving for five years I am resigning and moving to North Carolina to serve a new church.  It would be nice if “The Great Transformation” referred to my mental and emotional clarity this week, but alas it does not.  Instead, it is…

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Avoiding the Errors of the Extremes

By: on March 3, 2022

Decades ago, when our family prepared to move, and I was a teen, my mom went through my belongings and discarded some items. Among those things thrown away was a Nolan Ryan rookie card. In 2020, that same card sold for $500,000 in mint condition. I imagine my card deep down in a landfill and…

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Reading the Tea Leaves, An Ancient-Future Practice of Good Leaders

By: on March 3, 2022

Considered to be one of the leading economist historians of his day, Karl Polanyi gives readers insight into the rise, thriving, and downfall of the many iterations of the Industrial Revolution, a period from around 1733 to 1914, along with the post-war eras of the 1920s to 1930s.    The Great Transformation cannot be read without…

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The Nonprofit Prophet: Decommodifying Our Humanity

By: on March 2, 2022

I’m drawn to this idea of decommodification. Karl Polanyi cites land, labor, and money as the three natural entities, which the free market commodifies in order to attain self-regulation. “Self-regulation implies that all production is for sale on the market and that all income derives from such sales. Accordingly, there are markets for all elements…

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In but not Of

By: on March 2, 2022

Karl Polanyi, author of The Great Transformation was credited for saying “my life is a ‘world’ life–I lived the life of the human world…. My work is for Asia, for Africa, for the new peoples.”[1] While much of this economic and historical book was beyond my basic understanding of economics, what struck me in both…

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“Polanyi Got it all Wrong” -Uncle Milty

By: on March 2, 2022

“The Great Transformation,” written by Karl Polanyi and published in 1944, traces the history of the free market economic system. It also criticizes its ideological foundation. Milton Friedman would use its pages either for starting a fire or to line the litter box. The best part of the book is the history lesson he takes…

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Do Not Worry

By: on March 2, 2022

Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1886, Karl Polanyi had a colorful career that in and of itself is worthy of a sociological review. Having begun to write The Great Transformation in 1930, it was not until 1944, when Polanyi was living in the United States, that it was first published during WWII. However, remaining in…

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The Flipside of Adversity That Should Encourage Resilience.

By: on February 28, 2022

Life will not always be easy and it’s very easy to give up when faced with tough challenges. There is an anonymous quote that says, ‘for success, persistence has no substitute,’ you have no choice but to persist in the face of adversity in order to succeed. Steven Pressfield in his book, The war on…

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Mapping spiritual leadership.

By: on February 27, 2022

The Map that Changed the World is, among other things, a powerful reminder of the fact that success is possible regardless of constraints. In other words, if God calls someone to a certain task and that individual does their best to fulfil this calling, there is no telling what significant outcomes could result – even…

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