Symposium on multilingualism in international organizations & cooperation, 10-11 May 2018

Taking the opportunity again this year to publicize the latest in a series of annual symposia in New York on language issues in international contexts. The last two dealt with language(s) and the Sustainable Development Goals. This year's edition, to be held on 10-11 May 2018, has as its title, "Multilingualism in International Organizations and … Continue reading Symposium on multilingualism in international organizations & cooperation, 10-11 May 2018

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[LI] Farmers “prisoners” to tech; “democratize” AI

Two items on who controls technological development and tools, posted to LinkedIn in March and April 2018. I also see an important issue of path dependency - where we are today, and the choices we have, are a function of decisions & actions yesterday. So, what should we be alert to in choices being made … Continue reading [LI] Farmers “prisoners” to tech; “democratize” AI

An International Year of Millets?

India is celebrating 2018 as its National Year of Millets. This follows a proposal by the government of India to the United Nations (UN) in late 2017 to make 2018 the International Year of Millets (which I'll abbreviate IYOM). The purpose of IYOM would have been to highlight the importance of diverse millets for for … Continue reading An International Year of Millets?

[LI] Pay transparency; work only for money

Two items posted to LinkedIn in November 2017 and March 2018. These have to do in different ways with remuneration - one the case for pay transparency and the other that making money should be one's career focus. (The arguments for the former make sense; those for the latter aren't convincing.) "Why you should know … Continue reading [LI] Pay transparency; work only for money

[LI] “Work” & “jobs” in English; kinds of “work” in Japanese

Three posts to LinkedIn in Jan.-Mar. 2018 concerning distinctions about types of "work" in English and Japanese. This is part of exploring the difference between "work" and "jobs"/"employment" in English, and discovery of a set of terms in Japanese (and German) describing different kinds of (or meanings associated with) "work." 2 Japanese expressions (posted January … Continue reading [LI] “Work” & “jobs” in English; kinds of “work” in Japanese

International Mother Language Day 2018 & the Linguapax Prize

The annual observance of¬†International Mother Language Day¬†(IMLD) on February 21 focuses this year on multilingualism and linguistic diversity, with mention of their importance for sustainable development and peace. The theme has been seen in several forms, including: Acting together for Linguistic diversity and Multilingualism (per poster above) Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development … Continue reading International Mother Language Day 2018 & the Linguapax Prize