WE STRENGTHEN LANGUAGES, CULTURE AND THE ECOSYSTEMS THEY THRIVE IN BY ENGAGING COMMUNITIES TO TAKE ACTION. BASAbaliWiki is a registered yayasan in Indonesia. BASAbali is a registered 501(c)(3) in the US.
Milestones and Awards
We reached a milestone of 2.5 million people using the community-developed public participation wiki in Bali, BASAbali Wiki.
With major funding from a Swiss foundation, we started replicating our community engagement approach in South Sulawesi, Indonesia with BASAsulselWiki. Our National Geographic-supported animation of community-developed superhero, Luh Ayu Manik Mas, was selected by the Smithsonian Mother Tongue Film Festival as an official selection and as a staff pick.
The community evolves the BASAbali dictionary-virtual library into a platform which is also used for the community to publicly discuss civic issues. The US State Department uses Indonesian superhero Luh Ayu books to teach creative writing to Indonesian teachers. The Indonesian embassy uses Luh Ayu books to encourage literacy and environmental action among US middle school students.
UNESCO Confucius Price for Literacy and the Government of Bali’s award for using digital tools to strengthen local culture and language. Featured in The Economist’s The World in 2019. We introduce Balinese community-developed superhero, Luh Ayu Manik Mas, with the support of National Geographic.
International Linguapax Award and launched the 1st book of Luh Ayu Manik Mas. The book was launched by the First Lady, Bali Governor, Mrs. Putri Suastini.
The community expands the wiki dictionary to include a virtual library encyclopedia.
Nine country simultaneous and simulcast celebration in Balinese of Saraswati Day, the Balinese holiday of knowledge. Semantic Media Wiki of the Month (Feb)
We create a community-developed Balinese wiki dictionary based on the unpublished dictionary of Fred Eiseman.
We translate Google’s homepage into Balinese and Transparent Language provides BASAbali with state-of-the-art language learning software for Balinese. Language materials piloted in 13 middle schools in Bali.
BASAbali started as a nonprofit organization. Featured the same year in The Economist.