Thursday, 19 February 2009

Fabulous Tools for Fabulous Folks

The opportunity that new technology opens is endless. Communications that cannot happen face to face can now be continued online, overtime, and with new and better tools for creation than the old union hall could ever muster.

The keepers of the means of production attempt to assert control over the lives of their workers by being the gateway through which all thought and expression. We must support the freedom of access to information and education in all workplaces. Starting with our own…

union blogs rocs - considering the uses of tech in union education

We could use this in a workshop setting to develop delegates/activists/organisers communication & campaign skills.

Re: Using technology in education

Yay Chris!
How enlightening! We have learnt that the union education blog spot shows us that blogs can be a tool for learning rep trainees in the following ways:
- to link to our learning reps website
- to hold uploaded videos from our courses, this will help people to remember key points from our workshops when they are doing their workbooks.
- allows us to set up a chat group so people can keep in touch after the course
- hold pictures and images from the training course,
- able to hold voice recordings of people endorsing our programme and other training eg other learning reps, employers, union leaders etc
This will allow for the learning to continue after the workshop has finished!
from the 3 women at the middle table

What About Social Networking?

There are lots of really popular social networking sites that lend themselves to collective participation and networking but many union attempts have fallen flat. Here is an introduction to social networking.

There is now also a specific union social networking site - Unionbook

Using Art in Union Education

Many educators and organisers are scared of asing members to be creative in union education. But if we can overcome our trepidation of using these techniques the outcomes can be fantastic.

Maori Experiences of Organising

more about "Maori Experiences of Organising ", posted with vodpod

Monday, 16 February 2009

Promoting Best Practice in Union Education

Over the last two years New Zealand union educators have developed a paper on best practice in union education. This addresses a number of practical issues such as preparation time, optimum numbers of participants, educator workload etc. The paper draws on the experience of educators across a number of New Zeland unions.

Now the issue is how to get unions to discuss and consider the issues raised in the paper.

Saturday, 14 February 2009


Utterli lets you share text, pics, video and audio even from your mobile phone. There's a land line calling number in Auckland. You can put a player in the sidebar of a blog like I have here, or you can subscribe to an Utterli account and have the posts turn up in your reader.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Members Can Email Directly To The Blog

In February NZ union educators come together again to discuss their work and learn from one another. Again we will look at the use of technology in union education. The theme of this session will be how we can encourage collective participation and activism through technology and the role of union educators in facilitating this. A simple way of doing this is to let selected members or activist post message directly to your blog for campaign updates, notices and sharing info. Once your blog is set up go to Settings - Email and you can set up an email posting address. Either set up individual addresses for people you want give permission to post or set up a generic address and give it to those you want to participate.
Union Education: Unearthing Seeds of Fire

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Celebrate Union Action and Success

Union members successfully make their point about at the annual Media Awards.

It's really easy to embed Youtube and other video clips into your posts. Even better record videos, upload them to youtube and embed those. Action clips from the picket, role plays in union education, vox pops or whatever else you think of.