Alex’s blog about strategy, campaigning, growth, politics and climate (among other things).

  • “Digital” favours conservatives… and how unions can fight back

    “Digital” favours conservatives… and how unions can fight back

    Over a decade ago, progressives and unionists looked at the internet, digital platforms and tools and dreamed utopioan dreams of democracy and equality. Now, in the era of fake news, surveillance capitalism and “zoombombing”, progressives & unions are struggling with how to respond. Fundamental for unions to understand about digital technology in 2020 is that […] Read more

  • Campaigning & organising in the time of coronavirus

    Campaigning & organising in the time of coronavirus

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, and campaigning & organising is no different. Every union is rapidly working on new tools and techniques to adapt to the public health restrictions caused by coronavirus. In this newsletter, I’m going through some headline “best practice” for your union’s campaigning and organising during this crisis. For years, I’ve […] Read more

  • Resisting the Shock Doctrine in the age of Coronavirus

    Resisting the Shock Doctrine in the age of Coronavirus

    As Australia (and the world) grapples with the coronavirus crisis, we are already seeing that the Liberal Government and business lobby are trying to exploit the crisis to further push through extreme neoliberal policies. The brutal tactic of “Shock Doctrine”, the exploitation of choas, public disorientation and the enrichment of oligarchs, must be resisted. Wait […] Read more

  • How to recruit young workers to unions

    How to recruit young workers to unions

    In this issue, I want to talk about how unions can organise and recruit young workers. This is a major issue for the movement. Union membership amongst young workers is low, perilously low. In the ACT, I’ve focused on engaging young workers with pro-union campaigns run by the Young Workers Centre that I launched last […] Read more

  • Time to stop getting smashed on Facebook

    Time to stop getting smashed on Facebook

    Facebook is the new battleground of the war of ideas that will decide what kind of politics will succeed into the future. And I’m not just talking electoral politics, but the kind of ideology — trickle-down — that dominates our society. Despite the onslaught of criticism, scandals and threats of regulation, Facebook’s growth continues to […] Read more

  • Five union websites worth getting inspired by in 2020

    Five union websites worth getting inspired by in 2020

    There’s always a union somewhere that’s redeveloping its website, or creating a campaign-specific website, and it’s been a long time since I last pulled together a list of well-designed union sites. It’s fair to say that since 2013, union design standards have significantly improved, driven largely by Vic Trades Hall and the ACTU — both […] Read more