Lesson 2 - Dayspring (Monastery 2.0)

Dayspring (Monastery 2.0)

Ecosystem

When Dayspring Technologies moved from the ritzy tech district in downtown San Francisco to the Bayview neighborhood—a section of the city, Dayspring Principal Chi-Ming Chien explains, that’s “literally left off the tourist maps”—there was some skepticism. After all, Bayview is not the ideal location for a tech startup; it struggles against high rates of unemployment and crime and is cut off, geographically and culturally, from the tech world’s centers of influence. 

But that’s not what Chi-Ming saw in the neighborhood. “God has been at work here for a long, long time,” he explains, “We really see ourselves as participating in the work of God.” Dayspring resolved to invest heavily in the neighborhood, through grassroots initiatives such as microlending to local businesses, but mainly through its sheer physical presence. Dayspring is committed to Bayview for the long haul: “Part of being a business is that we interconnected with everyone and every organization around us, that we’re not just here to gather as much as possible for ourselves and our own profit, but to build relationships.”

That’s why Chi-Ming uses the image of an ecosystem. Bayview itself is the main character in the story, so to speak, within which businesses—tech companies like Dayspring but also bakeries like Yvonne’s Southern Sweets—depend on each other to contribute to the health of the community. That’s what neighboring through business looks like in action. 

Reflect: 

  • Chi-Ming describes the mission of Dayspring as “embodying and bearing witness to God’s redeeming of the workplace, marketplace, and community. And it’s kind of crazy—but as a technology company.” Chi-Ming’s “crazy” vision for Dayspring is not so crazy, considered biblically. The Scriptures consistently depict commerce as one of the ways that the people of God serve their neighbors and love the world.

    Think about your business or industry. How can it participate in the redemptive work God is doing in your community? What are some practical steps your business can take to invest in the place where it’s located?
     

  • How might it change your work to think of it as part of an ecosystem, through which God is serving and nourishing your neighbors, but also serving and nourishing you through your neighbors? 

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