Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Social media and activism: I wrote an essay… honest!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I’m not too proud of having been a lousy student. I don’t think I ever got an assignment in on time, and really found it a struggle to get much information out of libraries or lectures and into my head. Of course, since leaving uni for the world of work, I’ve found a big sop for my wounded pride in managmenty self awareness tests. It’s all because I’m an activist learner you see (not my fault whatsoever, honest!), and find it awkward to learn something unless I’m actually in the process of trying it at the same time.

So when I was asked to do an essay on union activists and social media for US academic journal WorkingUSA, I was a bit panicked. Luckily I managed to work it out by developing a presentation on many of the themes I wanted to cover, so I could test it out with different audiences first. The final essay “Connecting Activists” is now published in the current issue of WorkingUSA – go buy/loan a copy now! (more…)

Social media connecting union activists

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

And, inspired by the IBEW social media organising vid, I thought I’d try out’s shiny new beta embed feature to show a presentation on the same lines that I did for UNI Global Union a few months ago.

BTW, I think Prezi has some good potential for union organisers too – a fair sight more compelling than the death-by-Powerpoint you get at many union meetings, and easy for people to use outside the context of the meeting.

Social media success stories for IBEW

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Nice little video roundup of some IBEW locals in the States, who are using MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter in their campaigns.

Hat tip AFLCIOnow

Congress Voices: Social media mashup at #TUC09

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Just arrived in Liverpool, ready for this year’s TUC Congress (, which is worryingly my eighth one (I hope there’s some kind of medal). I’m pretty chuffed with some work I’ve been doing on a separate site Congress Voices, which aims to collate social media coverage of Congress, linking people here at the event with the millions of UK trade unionists that this parliament of unions represents.

You can find it at , but if you are blogging, Tweeting or Flickring about Congress, it will hopefully find you! I’ve already noticed a few Tweets coming in on the hashtag #TUC09, and any flickr photos shared with user will also come to our attention. The site also provides a commentable agenda, where users can have their say on the motions under debate, which is another first. (more…)