North American Summit on Interpreting
“Intelligence is tactile”
Luis was describing the difference between teaching and learning. “Teaching,” he said, “is finite. Learning is infinite.”
One hundred and eighty language service providers have gathered at the 2nd North American Summit on Interpreting for the purpose of learning how to gather our collective intelligence and generate an intercultural revolution. Barry Olson calls us to engage:
Most of the participants are interpreters; some are owners or representatives of businesses that provide language services, and a few are technical gurus who design the communication technologies that increasingly re-shape the limits of what interpreters can and cannot deliver. Nataly Kelly (of Common Sense Advisory), used excerpts from science fiction films to expose the confusion most people have between “translation” and “interpretation.” I reflect on these processes with an engineering analogy in a blog entry about paradigm consciousness. If you read that entry, you’ll get a taste of how I think about these things and understand that
I’m still processing yesterday’s amazing series of Summit events.
I can offer teasers, though! Over the next week or two, watch for entries on:
- Contextualizing this moment in interpreting history, building on Nataly Kelly’s challenge: “The idea is not to resist the tools, but use them to do more.”
- The What? Factor (independent contractor or employee model?)
- Cheerleading for the new social movement (inspiring riffs from Barry Olson)
- How the Deaf community might be leading the way….
Meanwhile, the interview Nataly had with Ray Kurzweil captured my imagination. I’m not sure if I got his statement verbatim, but I’m pretty sure he said:
“The most high level work one can imagine,
the epitome of human being,
is our ability to command language.”