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There is little doubt that the role of media will play an increasingly vital role in effectively reaching global populations with the gospel and with transformational services. For that reason, media is our focus and commitment.

Emerging and evolving technologies offer a broad range of new avenues to reach people.

The Internet, podcasts, MP3 players, mobile phones, mobile video, text messaging, microblogging and other forms of social networking offer a seemingly endless stream of communication connections.

It's a new world with countless options and constant change.


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Technology & Media

Changing the Way We Live

By Jeremiah Lauber

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Computer technology has altered the way we live our lives. But is this true in every country and culture?


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Development Ethics in Africa

The relationship between the government and peoples of the United States on the one hand, and the 47 governments and peoples of Africa on the other is complicated by a ...

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Impact Research and Its Benefits

This white paper discusses the benefits to organizations when incorporating impact research into their strategic planning processes and fundraising communications. 

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Implications of New Media Technologies for the Developing World

Dr. Robert Fortner's presentation at the ICMS symposium in Grand Rapids.  Session VI -  Implications of New Media Technologies for the Developing World.

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blog posts

Anticipating the Future

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  • Tue, Jun 22, 2010

Technology Based Missions in the New Generation


There are at least two distinct types of technology-based missions. One type uses technology to assist other missions to accomplish their own work ...

Survey: Supporting Work of Non-Profit Organizations Internationally

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  • Thu, Dec 3, 2009
Survey: Supporting Work of Non-Profit Organizations Internationally

Click below to participate in our survey about support for non-profit organizations working internationally.

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ICMS Newsletter Online

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  • Tue, Dec 1, 2009

Click the issue that you wish to view. The online newsletter will be in pdf file. You will need Acrobat Reader to view it.

Resources

Communication and Chaos

Communication and Chaos

What is the role of communication, and those of us who teach it, practice it professionally, desire to use it as a tool of reconciliation, renewal, peace-building, or civic engagement ...

Impact of Emerging Technology Minimal in Reaching East Africa

Impact of Emerging Technology Minimal in Reaching East Africa

Executive summary of the 2007 Africa Audience Research Study. Radio is by far the most important, most used, and most trusted medium of communication in East Africa. People use it ...

The Gospel and Technology

The Gospel and Technology

We now have the ability to deliver messages through a variety of increasingly compatible technological systems. For example Ultra SMS Script -- text advertising provides a great text message marketing platform to get your messages out. It's not one message for print, another for radio, still another for TV ...


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Videos

CBS Symposium: Dr. Robert Fortner

  • Tue, Jun 16, 2009
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Dr. Robert Fortner discusses the desire for quality and control as we gravitate toward new technologies.

CBS Symposium: Dr. Robert Fortner

  • Tue, Jun 16, 2009
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Dr. Fortner discusses the mythos of technology; that somehow technology would enable us to connect together, solve our problems, understand each other, eliminate war, and spread the gospel.

CBS Symposium: Dr. Robert Fortner

  • Tue, Jun 16, 2009
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Dr. Fortner discusses the significant shift occurring in terms of old media vs. new media.

podcasts

The Swat Valley

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  • Mon, Jul 20, 2009

1,600 Pakistani soldiers have lost their lives battling Taliban forces in the country's Swat Valley.

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Human Trafficking

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  • Mon, Jul 20, 2009

Human trafficking is a global issue; with the U.S. State Department estimating that more than one million people are trafficked annually around the world.

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Labels

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  • Mon, Jul 20, 2009

Labels can be a danger and often irrevocable when it comes to defining people.

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