Communities developing resources and competencies for using their languages
Foundational understanding for language development work of all kinds
Publications, fonts and computer tools for language development, translation and research
SIL offers training in disciplines relevant to sustainable language development.
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SIL's dedication to language development past and present
(December 2003) The world is undergoing a fundamental transformation as the industrial society that marked the 20th century rapidly gives way to the information society of the 21st century. This dynamic process promises a fundamental change in all aspects of our lives, including knowledge dissemination, social interaction, economic and business practices, political engagement, media, education, health, leisure and entertainment.
The World Summit on the Information Society convened this December to provide a unique opportunity for key stakeholders to assemble at a high-level gathering and to develop a better understanding of this revolution and its impact on the international community. This summit brought together heads of state, executive heads of United Nations agencies, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations, and representatives of media and civil society in a single, high-level event.
SIL representatives who took part in the World Summit on the Information Society presented ideas for addressing the problem of “infopoverty” through the promotion of local content and knowledge. SIL's display, part of the Information and Communication Technology for Development exhibition, highlighted some ways in which SIL partners with people groups to improve quality of life through language development.
SIL combats information poverty by training people to:
SIL also develops technology to help development workers produce culturally adapted content.