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1 Language Matters Reinhard Schäler LIND-W EB : 1 ST F ORUM OF THE L ANGUAGE I NDUSTRY W EB P LATFORM – B RUSSELS 24 M AY 2012 SHARE, COOPERATE, GROW Boosting Cooperation – Working Towards Growth

2 People Matter The crystal ball (Daniel Pink, Drive) – 1995 The first encyclopedia comes from Microsoft The second encyclopedia wont come from a company – 2010 One of these encyclopedias will be the largest and most popular n the world and the other will be defunct. Which is which? Data to back it up – A trillion hours a year of participatory value are up for grabs. (Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus) – The nonprofit sector in the US had revenues of US$1.9 trillion – The nonprofit sector generates 20% more employment (against revenue) than the for-profit sector

3 RationaleActorsFilterPlayersKPIs Market $30b industry Short-term financial ROI Finance Microsoft Symantec Google Oracle SAP Shareholder value Non-market Interest Unpaid volunteers Funded by Donourd Community Open: Mozilla, Wikipedia,… Humanitarian: TWB, TRF,… Crowd: Adobe, Facebook,… Uptake Entreprship Translators work for (notional) salary Funders cover costs Proposal Measurable impact Translation loan/invment Change Legal Req.s Publically funded professionals Universal fundamental Human Right Government: EC Transl. Services, African Union, … Coverage Exchange of Knowledge and Information makes the world a better place Commercial and Social Dividend Prerequisites Language H/W, S/W Capital, Infra

4 RationaleActorsFilterPlayersKPIs Market Profit $30b industry Short-term financial ROI Finance Microsoft Symantec Google Oracle SAP Shareholder value Non-market Unpaid volunteers Funded by Donors Community Open: Mozilla, Wikipedia,… Humanitarian: TWB, TRF,… Crowd: Adobe, Facebook,… Uptake Translators work for (notional) salary Funders cover costs Proposal Entrepreneur Measurable impact Translation loan/invment Change Legal Req.s Publically funded professionals Universal fundamental Human Right Government: EC Transl. Services, African Union, … Coverage Exchange of Knowledge and Information makes the world a better place Commercial and Social Dividend Prerequisites Language H/W, S/W Capital, Infra

5 We in Africa do not want to participate in a globalized world in which we have nothing to offer. We need to be able to speak to the world and the world needs to be able to speak to us. (Tunde Adegbola, African Languages Technology Initiative) Language Matters

6 We wanted to eradicate poverty by giving money, but we learned very quickly that poverty is much more complex than this. (John Dada, Fantsuam Foundation) Language Matters

7 Empower people to develop their solutions to their problems Language Matters A Handup –Not a Handout


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