International Affairs

Hamba kahle Madiba

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela In my life, Madiba has always stood as a human symbol of making the impossible possible, and…

UNI Global Union’s global social media survey

If you haven’t yet heard of UNI Global Union’s social media survey for unions, there is a short amount of time to complete the survey on behalf of your union. You can complete the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/social-media-and-unions The response so far has been quite international, with only two unions from Australia taking part, which is why…

At the Global Zero #ReachingZero conference

This weekend, I’ve flown out State-side to visit New Haven where the Global Zero activist conference, Reaching Zero is being held at Yale. Global Zero is an international group that campaigns for the reduction of nuclear weapons to “global zero” — that is, total nuclear disarmament. Earlier this year, the global doomsday clock ticked one…

Social media and real political change

Clay Shirky, a Professor of New Media at New York University, has penned a fascinating article in the Foreign Affairs magazine about the political power of social media and its role in facilitating political change. This article is exceptionally interesting for anyone interested in the role of social media in the real world, and Prof….

Some thoughts about Egypt and social media

There’s been a lot written about the role that Facebook and Twitter has played in the overthrow of the Mubarak regime in Egypt – and also Ben Ali in Tunisia – so I thought I’d add my own thoughts. There are two main things I want to focus on: 1. The power of weak ties…

Supporting Wisconsin union members, one pizza slice at a time

The battle to preserve collective bargaining in America is taking place in Wisconsin, after a Tea Party backed Governor announced budget cuts – not only to pensions and pay – but also to basic human rights. The big risk – and this is why it’s so serious – is that if unions lose in Wisconsin,…