International Plain Language Day 2014
Theme: Working Together to Promote Clear Communication
IPLDay October 13, 2014 Events
Celebrating Internationally ....
IPLDay 2014 comes on Monday Oct 13.
Now is the time to start planning your local events. Past IPLDay celebrations have included art and music displays celebrating plain language and exhibitions of plain language work from around the world.
Working Together to Promote Clear Communication
At the Plain2013 in Vancouver Neil James, as the president of the International Plain Language Working Group, talked about the future of plain language in a converging communication profession.
“‘Who in this room identifies their work with the following terms?” he asked. “Plain language?” “Clear language?” “As an editor?” “A technical writer?” “An information designer?” His list went on, and multiple hands went up repeatedly. It is, he pointed out, a fragmented profession. The focus of his talk was that he forecasts a convergence of these positions, and that he believes in the benefits of this convergence. Read more and have a look at Neil's presentation What's in a name?
Neil ended his speech as follows: "To build strength, unifying the profession underneath one term will be necessary. In my view, ‘clear communication’ might be it."
(summary by IC Clear)
For 2014, the call to action is to create stronger connections with other people and other communication associations to explore our common interest in clear communication--to acknowledge communication convergence.
This is inspired by the notion that has been under discussion and was also addressed by Neil James in a presentation from PLAIN2013
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Communication Convergence--Vancouver October 5
Perspectives on Communication
Traditionally, the communication professions might comprise:
Back in 1990, I felt that a perfect team for a communication project would need people who could bring to the project the skill of several of these specialties:
· Document design
· Graphic design/Information graphics
· Readability/Usability testing
· Human Factors
· Multi-cultural communications
· Globalization and localization
· Interface Design/Programming
· Learning Styles/Instructional Design
· Field research skills
· Organizational culture and behaviour
· Change management
In the years since, we have seen several “new” professions emerge:
· Plain language expert
· Technical writer
· Information design/architecture
· Knowledge transfer/mobilization
· Readability expert
· Usability professional
· Social media expert
Getting bored with all these lists? Since we are all aiming for clarity, shouldn’t it be simpler to describe the field of communications.
Where do our professional fields and skills overlap? Where are we unique and needing a separate identity? This is a discussion we need to start.
So International Plain Language Day organizers have taken this as the theme for international events in 2014. Vancouver organizers launched Communication Convergence to begin the discussion in Vancouver.
Each association participating will present a perspective on the need for plain language or clear communication, given:
· contexts we operate in
· texts we work with
· extent of our intervention
· focus of our work
· methods we apply
What does the modern world demand of communicators?
The entire field of communication is undergoing rapid change while we are figuring this out what skills or specialties we need. Journalism is changing. Media are evolving or emerging.
We will hear from a publisher, community organizer, managing editor, educators, and others.
There will be opportunity for discussion and networking. We hope this will become the firs of an annual event for Vancouver communicators.
Workshop for writers, editors, and other communicators
October 5 Vancouver Conference
We are getting people together from a variety of organizations to work out a common approaches and to promote clear communication.
October 5, Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Watch here for details
Let's mark all the progress made this year.
October 13, 6 pm Gastown Vancouver