Perhaps the most powerful force on the planet is the Power of Community. Until some years ago, a community used to be limited to the people one could meet regularly and face to face -- after all, being in close social contact is both the means and the key purpose of creating and maintaining community. So, one's community was one's village, one's street, one's neighborhood, and later on, it was the people who had similar interests or shared prior experiences.
“The volunteers are deeply committed to making the best translation, and they don’t care how long it takes them,” [June Cohen, TED media executive producer] explains. “There is a passion there that you don’t get from hired guns.”And then there are the cost savings. Ms. Cohen estimates that a professional translation service would charge $500,000 for the translations already completed by volunteers or in process.