The Church of Facebook will move readers toward understanding God´s work in the body of Christ, the church, by introducing thought-provoking questions through observation, humor, and heartfelt storytelling. It will also do this by challenging listeners to consider new perspectives in regard to their social-networking habits and how those habits may point to deeper heart issues and, ultimately, our hunger for Jesus.Jesus was particularly skilled in asking revolutionary questions that got people thinking and living differently. And it´s when we wrestle with the hard questions and reject spoon-fed answers in place of hard-won truth that growth happens. Healing happens. Redemption happens. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Verner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000343/bk_hove_000343_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Just as technology is constantly evolving, author Maria Veloso approaches marketing communication from a posture of ever newer, faster, and more effective techniques. The thoroughly revised third edition of Web Copy That Sells provides both timeless and cutting-edge methods to help content marketers achieve phenomenal success. With the rise of social networks, ´´Twitterized´´ attention spans, and new forms of video content, marketers´ online sales techniques need an upgrade. You´ll gain tips for crafting attention-grabbing, clickable, and actionable content; learn how to streamline key messages down to irresistible ´´cyber bites´´ for highly targeted Facebook ads and interactive web banners; discover the latest psychological tactics that compel customers to buy; and learn how to write video scripts that sell. Whether your focus is on web copy, email campaigns, social media, or any of the other latest and greatest opportunities for lead generation through digital marketing communication, these tips will help you pack a fast, powerful, sales-generating punch.
A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we´re living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks Most history is hierarchical: it´s about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It´s about states, armies, and corporations. It´s about orders from on high. Even history ´´from below´´ is often about trade unions and workers´ parties. But what if that´s simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change? The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn´t mean they are not real. From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, The Square and the Tower tells the story of the rise, fall, and rise of networks, and shows how network theory - concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions, and phase transitions - can transform our understanding of both the past and the present. Just as The Ascent of Money put Wall Street into historical perspective, so The Square and the Tower does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption - and which will 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elliot Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003366/bk_peng_003366_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Better Together provides powerful and implementable solutions to fostering gender equality in your business. As a result, your business will be more successful, your customers will be happier with better products/services, and your employees will be much more fulfilled. Women are one half of our species and over half of the earth´s population. There is no product or service women don´t buy. And yet, today only 24 women CEOs lead America´s Fortune 500 companies. If you survey the landscape of founders who´ve created the most successful companies of recent years, you will mostly find white males. Zuckerberg, Dorsey, Cheskey, Kalanick, Evan Spiegel - captains of Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Snapchat - are revolutionary founders who have created massively valuable companies impacting billions. Does this mean that women don´t have great ideas, that women don´t build and lead great companies? The goal of Better Together is to provide managers, employees, CEOs, and board members a guide to build a sustainable, robust, female workforce at all levels. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy Andrés Pabon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/002876/bk_gdan_002876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We depend on¿we believe in¿algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It´s as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations¿the marriage vow, the shaman´s curse¿do not merely describe the world but make it. Computation casts a cultural shadow that is shaped by this long tradition of magical thinking. In this book, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm¿in practical terms, ´´a method for solving a problem¿¿has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking. Finn argues that the algorithm deploys concepts from the idealized space of computation in a messy reality, with unpredictable and sometimes fascinating results. Drawing on sources that range from Neal Stephenson´s Snow Crash to Diderot´s Encyclopédie, from Adam Smith to the Star Trek computer, Finn explores the gap between theoretical ideas and pragmatic instructions. He examines the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, the rise of algorithmic aesthetics at Netflix, Ian Bogost´s satiric Facebook game Cow Clicker, and the revolutionary economics of Bitcoin. He describes Google´s goal of anticipating our questions, Uber´s cartoon maps and black box accounting, and what Facebook tells us about programmable value, among other things.
We depend on - we believe in - algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It´s as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations - the marriage vow, the shaman´s curse - do not merely describe the world but make it. Computation casts a cultural shadow that is shaped by this long tradition of magical thinking. In What Algorithms Want, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm - in practical terms, ´´a method for solving a problem´´ - has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking. Finn argues that the algorithm deploys concepts from the idealized space of computation in a messy reality, with unpredictable and sometimes fascinating results. Drawing on sources that range from Neal Stephenson´s Snow Crash to Diderot´s Encyclopédie, from Adam Smith to the Star Trek computer, Finn explores the gap between theoretical ideas and pragmatic instructions. He examines the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, the rise of algorithmic aesthetics at Netflix, Ian Bogost´s satiric Facebook game Cow Clicker, and the revolutionary economics of Bitcoin. He describes Google´s goal of anticipating our questions, Uber´s cartoon maps and black box accounting, and what Facebook tells us about programmable value, among other things. If we want to understand the gap between abstraction and messy reality, Finn argues, we need to build a model of ´´algorithmic reading´´ and scholarship that attends to process, spearheading a new experimental humanities. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Merriman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008781/bk_brll_008781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After the monumental ´´Futurica Trilogy´´ comes a book that dares to describe individualism as the now defunct religion it always was and describe a reality that is primarily virtual, rather than physical. While the authors do not mind challenging the reader´s view of the self and the world, their main intention here is to induce passive receivers of the future to become more active participants. This work offers engaging observations and perceptive interpretations of contemporary society. Alexander Bard and Jan Söderqvist are Swedish philosophers and authors of the internationally successful ´´Futurica Trilogy´´. They lecture the world over about the current global internet revolution. Bard & Söderqvist are regarded as pioneers in the literary genre futurica, where philosophy, social theory and futurology merge. After joining forces in the late 1990s, Bard & Söderqvist argued that the interactive revolution is the most profound and radical of all technological revolutions in the history of mankind, that it completely transforms society in every aspect: politics, the economy, culture, social power structures, the collective world view and the whole concept of being human. Bard & Söderqvist demonstrated the effects of network dynamics on various levels of a globalised world. They not only made controversial predictions in the early years of the new millennium (and cleverly foresaw both the dot.com crash and the September 11 terror attacks), they have since then been proven right in virtually every aspect and even in the most minute of details. Not only did Bard & Söderqvist foresee revolutionary innovations such as Google, Facebook, Al-Qaida and Wikileaks; they also went deeper and looked into the very power struggle of the on-going revolution itself. Bard & Söderqvist are now back with a proposal for a complete new metaphysics for the digital age, and it is called ´´Syntheism: Creating God in The Internet Age´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bert Deivert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/001889/bk_lind_001889_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An inside look at the revolutionary business power of the platform - from the experts who helped discover how it works. Facebook, PayPal, Alibaba, Uber - these seemingly disparate companies have upended entire industries by harnessing a single phenomenon: the platform business model. Platform Revolution delivers the first comprehensive analysis of how platforms use technology to match producers and consumers in a multisided marketplace, unlocking hidden resources and creating new forms of value. When a company like Uber connects drivers with passengers, everybody wins - except traditional cab companies, which are scrambling to survive. Assumptions about operations, finance, strategy, and innovation all change. Platform Revolution explores the what, how, and why of this revolution and provides the first ´´owner´s manual´´ for creating a platform marketplace. Revealing the strategies behind some of today´s rising platforms, the authors explain how entrepreneurs - and traditional companies - can thrive in this new world. In cases as diverse as shoes, spices, dating, energy, home appliances, and education, Platform Revolution provides the essential guide to unlocking the potential of an economic landscape transformed. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Foster. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/007922/bk_brll_007922_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York Times best-selling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage turns his attention to the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the church in this loving, inclusive, and revolutionary book. On the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting, James Martin SJ posted a video on Facebook in which he called for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. ´´The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club, and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected,´´ he began. He then implored his fellow Catholics - and people everywhere - to ´´stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters.´´ A powerful call for tolerance, acceptance, and support - and a reminder of Jesus´ message for us to love one another - Father Martin´s post went viral and was viewed more than 1.6 million times. Now Martin expands on his reflections in this moving and inspiring book, offering a powerful, loving, and much-needed voice in a time marked by anger, prejudice, and divisiveness. Adapted from an address he gave to New Ways Ministry, a group that ministers to and advocates for LGBT Catholics, Building a Bridge provides a road map for repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of us as God´s children. Martin uses the image of a two-way bridge to enable LGBT Catholics and the church to come together in a call to end the ´´us´´ versus ´´them´´ mentality. Turning to the catechism, he draws on the three criteria at the heart of the Christian ministry - ´´respect, compassion, and sensitivity´´ - as a model for how the Catholic Church should relate to the LGBT community. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006157/bk_harp_006157_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.