The Ice Cream Index

culture Aug 12, 2019

Zopa is one of the many online money-lending companies that is championing peer-to-peer loans to help people avoid high interest loans from institutional banks and regain financial stability and move towards debt-free living. It bills itself as the Feel Good Money company, and while its focus has been on online lending, it is moving towards becoming a physical bank offering new approaches to banking. The company does a lot of research to determine what people really need when it comes to financial issues and recently conducted a survey called the Ice Cream Index.

Taking cues from social media, which tend to celebrate aspirational luxury lifestyles and living, the company wanted to discover what people really thought would bring them happiness. They asked Britons to consider 100 summertime spends and give them a happiness rating out of a 1000. The scores were calculated against the cost of the items to reveal the list of summer feel good items.

The results were quite...

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Unavoidable and Unpredictable

culture Apr 09, 2019
“One became great by expecting the possible, 
another by expecting the eternal, 
but he who expected the impossible became greatest of all.”
Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
Kierkegaard famously said that the great person is the one who expects the impossible. This statement begs the question of how exactly one expects what is essentially beyond the realm of expectation? 
In our online Spiritual Entrepreneur class we discussed the relation between the unavoidable and the unpredictable. The unavoidable, is the world we all see coming, usually characterized by what is no longer working and the inevitably of decline. It’s the statistics we all know and read about; the future of faith, the decline of denominations, the loss of church attendees, the rise of the nones and the spiritual but non-aligned and so on. In his book, The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly outlines twelve technological trends that will shape the future in...
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Innovation and John Caputo

innovative theology Oct 31, 2018

I first heard John (Jack) Caputo at an Emerging Church conference in the early 2000s. He was on a panel discussing theology and the challenges facing Christianity. I was interested in what he had to say but I was already working through some ideas of my own and I didn’t fully register everything he was saying. My own faith reappraisal and my journey to reframe my thinking about pretty much everything was consuming me at the time and my ears were a little deaf to the world at that time. My journey eventually led me to the works of Gianni Vattimo, the Italian philosopher, I had been particularly inspired by his notion of weak thought. The idea of weak thought offers a new understanding of the role of philosophy based on language, interpretation, and limits rather than on metaphysical and epistemological certainties. It occurred to me that there was something deeply theological about this notion and with Vattimo’s direct references to the words of St. Paul I wanted to see...

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Welcome to the Conversation

hatchery update Oct 30, 2018

Hi everyone. If you are here it is because, like us, you are interested in what the future of faith might be. Living in the 21st century and trying to engage our faith in new ways can be difficult when the models don’t quite hold anymore. They once worked. And they worked well. They were a product of the culture that they were constructed in. But as our world moves and evolves, as culture shifts and religious landscapes change, we have to do the hard work of asking what is next and what comes next. At Hatchery LA we call some of this work Spiritual Entrepreneurship.  We are wondering what it looks like to innovate and iterate our concepts of god, church, community and faith in ways that make sense for the 21 st century. We know we are having these conversations and we know you are having these conversations, but we want to have them TOGETHER.

We have designed some incubation methods such as our Certificate in...

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