The Cyberunions Podcast: Episode 31 The Tech 5th International

Download MP3 Download high quality OGG Download low quality OGG 0:31 Welcome to DF – Mexico City I am not making the announcement Mayfirst and Laneta (en español) I ran into Occupy Mexico In love with Mexico City 6:50 Interview with Peter Waterman Where the ideas originate? Began working with unions in 1985 ICT International […]

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Applying swarm theory to networked union organising

Beautifully demonstrated by this video, swarm theory is an idea from biology that proposes that large groups can solve complex problems very efficiently. For instance, ant colonies can quickly find the richest food source, bees choose a new hive or birds fly in exhilarating patterns like the starlings above. Individual ants or starlings don’t understand the […]

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Open source trade unions

Is Open Source organising the way forward for trade unions? Some people seem to think so, but are we even sure what it means? Trade unions in the West have been in decline since the late 1970s. This is because the capitalist crisis of the early 70s was caused in part by a powerful labour […]

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Case study: Unite Scottish organisers and technology

In organising we need to be a wee bit off the wall because it works. – Finance sector seconded rep, Female, 31-40 There are a number of different organising models within the trade union movement. The Unite model sees organising as a specialist function that is ‘strategic,sectoral and global’, and was inspired by the ‘Justice […]

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Using online surveys for union organising

One of the most useful organising tools for unions is online surveys. These allow you to find out exactly what members and potential members want, and to focus your campaigns accordingly. I have worked with organisers and used online surveys extensively. We use Survey Monkey, but there are other survey tools which are equally good. […]

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Trade union flash mobs – a new organising tactic?

Trade union campaigns often seem to be stuck in the last century. It’s no wonder we struggle to attract young members: too often, it looks like we’re trying to recruit them to go back to 1983. We’re seldom innovative when it comes to using new organising tactics, or taking into account the fact that many […]

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