GALA Sevilla was a conference awash in disruption, change, and the Power of Sharing. As always, that special GALA magic triggers competitors to “tell all”, so it was comforting to be reassured by Paula Shannon’s, Lionbridge, wise words on the last day: “Innovative companies collaborate with their competitors.” Well, we certainly did that!
On the Tuesday, Jochen Hummel, Chairman of LT-Innovate, blew us all away with his overview of the language technology market and how advances in language technology will “change everything”. For example that the project management job, as we know it today, will not exist in ten years’ time. He spoke of disruption being an extremely aggressive process – it is not exactly something you can embrace – but I later came to question that conclusion.
During my own presentation with Britta Aagaard, CEO of TextMinded®, I spoke of the collaborative commons as being the “Chief Disruptor” in this Age of Disruption. And I would claim that the collaborative commons is not an aggressive entity, but rather one that is more insistent on being heard, on making a difference – in making the world a better place. Britta and I argued that it was this that would “change everything” – and that the language technology now available to us is what will empower the collaborative commons to do just that.
So the Power of Sharing goes far beyond the realms of a GALA conference – but it was great to see and hear that the industry that is here to help the world communicate, can lead by example:
The more you give, the more you get.