JAMES ARCHER is the founder of The ShareLingo Project – a Social Enterprise that helps people who speak different languages connect and understand each other – both literally (the languages) and culturally. While the program was developed primarily to assist individuals and non-profits (schools, clinics, churches, etc.) it has proven to be a very effective solution within the corporate environment as well.
Prior to founding ShareLingo, JAMES ARCHER was active in many different ventures. He earned a degree in Computer Engineering and his first job out of college was assisting the Canadian and then the Australian military on large computer based training programs. This position took him to Australia, where he joined a conference and exhibition company as a computer programmer (writing, among other things, the world’s first real-time conference delegate registration system). While with this company, James earned his MBA with a focus on international business, and advanced from computer programmer to the Board of Director and became General Manager. During this time, he travelled extensively throughout Australasia to help promote Australian exhibitions to large delegations from countries like China and Vietnam.
Upon his return to the United States, James purchased an art gallery in Breckenridge Colorado, and developed Masterpiece Solutions – the first gallery management software suite capable of integrating online and in-store inventory, images, and meta-data for galleries and antique dealers.
After selling the software business, James invented Silpoura – a silicone kitchen device that aides pouring of almost anything. Of Silpoura, James says, “One can literally pour hot bacon or hamburger grease directly from a skillet into a coke can.”
But it is with ShareLingo that James feels he has found his mission in life.
“Helping people from different cultures connect and understand each other is something our society desperately needs. ShareLingo is working towards world peace – 10 people at a time.”
ShareLingo began when, later in life, James decided to really learn a second language, and selected Spanish. Although he was living in Denver, where there is a very large Spanish speaking community, he found very few resources that helped him connect with people he could practice with. So, as an engineer, he decided to “fix the problem” and ShareLingo came about.
He worked with a local non-profit and brought English and Spanish speakers together. Rather than teaching them, as in a traditional environment, he created a method to help them teach each other. An unplanned, and beautiful, result of the program was seeing the participants really become friends with each other. This program broke down cultural barriers in a way that James had never experienced before.