BASAbali is a registered foundation in Indonesia and a nonprofit in the USA- are collective of linguists, anthropologists, students, and scholars who are driven by the same mission: to ensure the continuation of the Balinese language and empower millennials to speak out on any civic issues using their local language.
BASAbali/BASAibu Wiki is a community-developed digital platform whose primary purpose is to provide a locally-developed, inviting space for the community to speak out about civic issues in a way that is meaningful to the community and a place for policymakers to listen, solicit and respond to those ideas. Please find out more about us at BASAbali.org.
BASAbali Wiki started out as a community-developed multimedia dictionary based on the unpublished work of Fred Eiseman. When the community saw the power of the BASAbali dictionary wiki, they suggested that we morph the wiki into a platform where artists, especially those only known in their villages, could be promoted to the larger world. In response, we added a ‘virtual library’ section to the wiki which ultimately became ‘Community Spaces’, a place where millennials and others can speak out about civic issues — in their own language, via videos, audio, poetry, prose, photos or other formats — on a platform that the community itself is co-creating.
Modeled after traditional Indonesian shadow puppet storytellers and co-developed with the community and a team of local artists, digital superhero Luh Ayu Manik Mas engages youth to take action to advance sustainable development goals. By day, Luh Ayu Manik is an 8th-grade schoolgirl from Bali. She incarnates into Luh Ayu Manik Mas a courageous, agile, fast and strong Indonesian superhero, informed by Balinese traditional wisdom and the public through her social media channels to empower the community to improve their natural and cultural environments. Her books are each in Balinese, Indonesian, and English.