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Top 15 Lean Conferences of 2020

  There is no shortage of lean-related events in 2020, from small regional conferences, to workshops, to large international events that draw the world’s top

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The Meta-Patterns of Innovation

by Mark Rosenthal When we study organizations whose performance stands out among their peers, we tend to try to understand the structural patterns of what

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Zambian Internship

By Garek Huntzinger

In June of 2017, I spent a little over five weeks in Zambia, Africa on a self-led internship. I left home on May 25th, and got home on July 6th. This was my forth time visiting Africa, but the first time I stayed more than two weeks and the first time I worked there. The previous times had been visits with my father and sister. We were visiting the Enrights. My family has been close friends with them for many years. While I worked on their farm called Rivendell, I learned many things about the culture in Zambia, and how different …

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Self-Creating Capital with help from Lean and the Free Market

by Jim Huntzinger

In July 2016, my children and I returned to Zambia, Africa. The changes seem to come slow with each trip but they also come with a significant impact. The honey business is booming and has been doubling in output with each harvest (there are approximately 2.5 harvests per year). Sales internal to Zambia and several surrounding countries have substantially increased, as well as contracts with European export. As a result, the number of villagers earning income from honey harvests has increased to over 17,000; …

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Spreading Hope by Creating Wealth

by Jim Huntzinger

In August 2009 and August 2013 my children and I spent two weeks in Zambia, Africa. We were visiting and helping some close family friends that are missionaries. John and Kendra Enright are not typical missionaries. While they do have a very nice training center, the Kafakumba Training Center, which is used for a pastor school, family activities and other community events, the main focus and thrust of their work is setting up indigenous economic development. John has always…

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Leaning Outside of Work

by Linn Asbury
Even with a teensy knowledge of LEAN, you’ll know about the method called the “Five Why’s”; it is used to explore cause and effect relationships underlying a specific problem. I’m blessed to be involved in a mission project doing community transformation work in a remote, impoverished part of western Kenya in the village of Kager.

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