Not a Trip

Not a Trip: Business as Mission - Rob Touchstone & Lauren Pinkston

April 09, 2021 Lipscomb Missions Season 1 Episode 5
Not a Trip
Not a Trip: Business as Mission - Rob Touchstone & Lauren Pinkston
Show Notes

Emily Bruff and Olivia Malham are talking with Rob Touchstone and Dr. Lauren Pinkston from the Center for Business as Mission, one of our campus partners. As the creator and director of the center for business as mission, Rob teaches and mentors students to think missionally about business and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder of The Well Coffeehouse as a social enterprise that turns profits into hope for those who lack access to clean water. Lauren is an Assistant Professor of Business as Mission. She came to Lipscomb University via Southeast Asia, where she lived from 2014-2019 combining community development philosophies with organic business models to bootstrap effective economic change for families needing safe work. While completing her doctoral dissertation with Clemson University, she discovered business to be a catalyst for community development, especially for survivors of exploitative labor. Lauren most recently founded Kindred Exchange, a non-profit focused on sustainable short-term missions strategies. Her research focus pairs human trafficking crises with business model canvasing. She has partnered as a research lead with Freedom Business Alliance and also serves part-time in the College of Bible & Ministry as a liaison between Missions and the College of Business.