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Mojito

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

Communities don’t just spring into life with thousands of members and well-defined goals and the resources to implement them. Communities grow from modest beginnings, morphing and taking on their own identity as they evolve. There are no end of communities out there in the world in many divergent forms. We could examine any of them, but our findings would be retrospective. Fortunately, however, in our language community, we have a newly-formed community that makes an ideal case study to help us understand just how the processes of development can start and take shape.

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TED Community

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

If Wikipedia is collecting the world’s knowledge and Mozilla is defending a free and open internet, TED is giving voice to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” What started over 30 years ago as a one-off conference bringing together the already-converging elements of technology, education and design, has mushroomed into a world-wide phenomenon that attracts some of the top thinkers, luminaries and influencers across the entire spectrum of human endeavors. TED has come a long way from its original concept but its mission has remained the same: make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

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Localization Volunteer Communities

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

Wikipedia is closing in on the landmark figure of 40 million articles spread across 292 language editions. It is one of the top most popular sites on the internet and looks to be its most visited reference resource. One aspect of its existence that is indisputable is that it is the product of a global volunteer community effort to create, edit and maintain content that is un-matched.

The Open Source Way

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

In March 2013, a struggling start-up announced that they were open-sourcing their core-technology, which enables developers to move software easily between different machines by enclosing it in “containers”. What started then arguably has no precedence as Docker has become a phenomenon in the open-source community. With over a billion downloads, nearly two thousand contributors, and $150M funding, Docker has become a main player in the software landscape. But none of this would have happened if they had not bravely open-sourced their technology.

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Endangered Languages

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

Endangered languages are an issue of urgent concern these days, involving efforts by academia, corporate business and countless individuals across the globe. When we look at the staggering number of results returned on almost any search argument containing the words ‘language,’ ‘culture’ or ‘communication,’ it is clear just how important these aspects of life are to humanity.

Women in Localization

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

According to “The Athena Factor,” a report published in the Harvard Business Review in 2008, women in tech often suffer career stagnation at the mid-point of their careers, a time when their male counterparts begin to move up. It is reported that women who do succeed, regularly experience great difficulty in capitalizing on their success. Lack of support from senior management in defining a career path, including sponsorship and mentoring, was found to be critical in this failing.

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Mentoring Initiatives

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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.

Business loves its buzzwords and it is tempting to regard these as mere expressions of fashion or trends with limited meaning. While caution is advisable, sense should also prevail. This is certainly the case with mentoring. The idea of an experienced, older individual counseling a younger charge is an ancient one reaching back to classical Greek mythology. Mentoring has been practiced down through the ages to the present day where it has found vogue in corporate culture as a means of growing and refining the skills that modern business requires.

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