Archive for May, 2007

Civic sensemaking

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Just sayin’.

List of collaborative translation tools

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

I’m quite fascinated by the opportunities or large-group collaboration.

I recently thought about how crowdsourcing could best be applied to the translation process, and came across the following projects or services (may not all be active anymore, but listed here nonetheless):

  • Babels — Babels is an international network of volunteer interpreters and translators whose main objective is to cover the interpreting needs of the Social Forums.
  • Cucumis — Free online translation service
    Cucumis is a community of translators who share their linguistic knowledge and help each other online.
  • DotSUB — Any film in any language.
  • nativetext — nativetext is a free web service that translates RSS feeds from blogs and podcasts into foreign languages. (site defunct, archived version available on
  • Speakeasy — Speakeasy is an integrated internet and telephone service that connects new immigrants with a network of multilingual volunteers who answer questions, give advice, and provide language interpretation over the phone. Speakeasy’s novel approach to community networking leverages the ubiquity of cell phones to create a model of “just in time” civic engagement, enabling volunteers to remain “on-call” to their community wherever they might be.
  • Traduwiki — Anybody is a translator
    Traduwiki’s mission is to use the power of ‘we’ to translate the most interesting documents. Explore the thousands of docs already uploaded, contribute two phrases at a time and let’s spread the best stuff.
  • Worldwide Lexicon Project — Translating The Web To And From Any Human Language
    The Worldwide Lexicon is an experimental project to make translating websites, blogs and real-time IM conversations easy and accurate, using a combination of human and machine translation. The project was created several years ago by Brian McConnell, a telecommunications entrepreneur and inventor.

Anything else out there that should be mentioned? Feel free to leave a comment.

Two years in the States

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

It’s been two years ago today since coming to America.

To celebrate, I wanted to share yesterday’s favorite Twitter (from atariboy):

overheard.. girl #1 about a boy: “I was like, i love you” girl #2 “like totally”

Yep, that’s California for you.

Anyway, still excited to be here as I head into my third year. And yes, there’s a growing urge to finally start something. You know, web stuff.

C2D2 2007, November 12-14

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Another one I’d really like to go to:

Facing Complex Issues Together

We live in complex times and face complex issues. Balancing the demands of social needs, economic stability with environmental sustainability is just one example of our multifaceted challenges and responsibilities. Responding wisely requires constructive and innovative approaches. We need better ways of talking and working together.

Join us in Vancouver, for the second conference sponsored by the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation as we focus on the constructive role that dialogue and deliberation can play in meeting today’s challenges. Dialogue offers some constructive and hopeful ways to relate to one another while deliberation influences how we make decisions. D & D encompasses the tools we need to:

  • Create conditions for collaborative action on the global and local issues of our times
  • Facilitate better informed, balanced actions and decisions
  • Transform conflicted relationships and increase understanding
  • Encourage people to deepen their understanding, create shared meaning, look for common ground, encourage information-sharing, deepen their awareness of values and help set good direction
  • Develop collective insight and intelligence
  • Provide opportunities for stakeholder and public input to influence decisions affecting our future
  • Provide decision makers with the benefit of the understanding and insights of key stakeholders and the public
  • Encourage citizens to be actively involved in their communities

All sectors of human activity — public, private, business, community, non-profit, academia — benefit by learning to use processes that engage ideas and people more effectively.

We shall see how the year goes and if I get to go to Vacouver (which, by the way, has been on my list for quite some time now).

More info at the C2D2 website.

Sunday Hard Rock IV

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

It’s Sunday…

Haydn Symphonies No. 85 La Reine, No. 86 and No. 87, performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sigiswald Kuijken.

Very nice. Try it.

Personal Democracy Forum 2007: I have an extra ticket an I'm giving it away for free!

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Update: Registration is now closed. The happy winner will be notified shortly.

Well, almost for free. Read on.

Some background:

I’ve been working on a little side project in the area of online dialogue and deliberation over the past few months. Nothing much to show yet, but we’re slowly making progress. I can brief you if you’re interested.

In March, I attended the Politics Online Conference 2007 in Washington D.C., which was quite insightful. Based on a few recommendations from people I respect, I bought my ticket to the 4th Annual Personal Democracy Forum shortly afterwards. PDF will be held in New York City on May 18, and I was really looking forward to going as it looks like it will be an interesting event with lots of interesting people (plus, it’s New York so what more to ask).

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go. I have a wedding to attend that Saturday which also requires my involvement on Friday. And being that I’m in California there is no way I can make the trip (trust me, I checked).

Now, I don’t want to let my ticket go to waste. I checked with the organizers and it’s ok to transfer the ticket to someone else. It’s a USD 295 value (I paid USD 245 for early registration).

Here’s how you can pick it up.


  • Are interested in politics and the internet, and how the two fit together.
  • May have a background in dialogue and deliberation (if you follow this organization you probably know what I’m talking about).
  • Can be a student (or anyone, really, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the conference).
  • You have your own blog and are comfortable using social media.

In return, here’s what I would like to ask of you:

  • In addition to the paid conference, you should make sure to participate in the PDF Unconference on Saturday, May 19 as well.
  • As much as possible and as much as your time during the day allows, you should document both events using whatever kind of social media you’re comfortable with (blogging, podcasting, video, Twitter — you name it).

There are no strings attached. I’m giving away the ticket for free and it’s up to you what you do with it. I won’t hold you accountable if you don’t blog etc. However, if you do I will link to you prominently.

If you’re interested, feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly. If you know someone for whom you think this might be a good opportunity, please pass them on to me.

I hope this works out and I look forward to seeing next week’s reports from the conference.

Is my blogging suffering?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

I don’t think so. It’s just happening more on Twitter these days.

Lunch 2.0 Germany: Have a bite in Hamburg, May 29

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Don’t know for certain, but this may well have led to the creation of this.

Anyway, Lunch 2.0 is on for the first time in Germany, May 29 at cellity AG in Hamburg, Germany.

Seating is very limited so sign up fast.

Oh, and I certainly hope startups in other cities will pick up the idea.

Update: I have confirmation that the latter was in fact inspired by having read the former. Ah, connecteur transatlantique.