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Getting Better at Doing Good

By | May 28th, 2018|Categories: Church Missions, Dignity, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, Missional Communities, Partner, PovertyCure Info, ReThink Missions, ReThink Poverty, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Work|

Getting Better at Doing Good | There’s a lot being written and said these days about the effectiveness of charitable work.  The wonderful and provocative 90-minute documentary by PovertyCure called, “Poverty, Inc.” makes a compelling case that fighting poverty has [...]

Only One Day Late

By | May 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Only One Day Late | We needed buns for family game night so I was off to the store.  Window’s down, radio’s on and Luke Bryan is singing the words, “I believe most people are good and most mamas oughta [...]

Quinn Schipper, Stillwater Cares & OIKOS | The Champion is not Goliath

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Church Missions, ReThink Missions, SATtalk Video 2017, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

Quinn is an ordained minister of 33 years with experience both overseas and in America in cross-denominational networking and multi-sector collaborations. He is the founder and president of OIKOS Network, a ministry to unite the Body of Christ. Since 2008, [...]

Grace Dyrness, Urban Initiatives | Engaging Communities to Chart their own Future

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Church Missions, Dignity, flourishing, SATtalk Video 2017, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

Grace is Senior Researcher for The Institute for Transnational Research and Development in Pasadena, California.  She works extensively with grass roots non-governmental and faith-based organizations around the world where she uses advocacy planning and participatory approaches to engage people in [...]

Impact Investing- Changing the Charitable Landscape | by Aimee Minnich

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Entrepreneurship, flourishing, Philanthropy, ReThink Missions, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Work|

Krista Petty interviews Aimee Minnich of Impact Foundation SATtalks is excited to have Aimee Minnich serving as co-host with Tom Bassford for a special pre-event; An Evening with Bob Lupton and Don Larson on October 18, 7-8:30 PM at [...]

Do We Really Believe the Problems of Poverty CAN be Solved? by Tom Bassford

By | August 8th, 2017|Categories: Business Persons, Church Missions, Dignity, flourishing, Join the Conversation, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”  The problem?  So much of our well-intended efforts to help the poor have left them worse off in [...]

Final Thoughts for 2016 by Tom Bassford

By | December 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Final Thoughts for 2016 Last week I shared an article I'd written ten years ago entitled; "I Love This Bar! - An Unlikely Christmas Story" to which I got a number of great responses.  One in particular [...]

I Love This Bar – An Unlikely Christmas Story by Tom Bassford

By | December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

I Love This Bar: An Unlikely Christmas Story by Tom Bassford - Ten years ago today I wrote an article based on an experience I had in a little bar the night before. Not a year goes [...]

Breaking Free of Paternalism: Part 2

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Church Missions, Dignity, SATtalks 2015, Sustainability, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Breaking Free of Paternalism:  Part 2 We have a problem with the way we have been trying to help people in the context of poverty.  It has created dependencies and helped erode the dignity that all of [...]

Breaking Free of Paternalism: Part 1

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Church Missions, SATtalks 2016, Uncategorized|

Breaking Free of Paternalism:  Part 1 We have long known the limiting and corrosive effects of paternalism in working with the poor.  Its simplest definition is doing things for people they can do for themselves.  It carries [...]