Tech for Good
One of my missions is to co-develop and deploy digital technologies that empower minority groups and safeguard human rights. See below for details about our app WeClock that does just that, and other good tech we introduced to the trade union movement.
The Young Workers' Lab
The Young Workers' Lab was established as a pop-up research center in the Future World of Work division of UNI Global Union thanks to a 19-month grant from Google.org.
Its aim to answer:
How can digital technologies be used by young workers and unions to improve young workers’ job quality and voice in the digital world of work?
The YWL has developed an open-source tool - WeClock - and deployed an interactive, democratising tool called Thoughtexchange to test how digital technologies, data, and power can be shared to democratize access to the collective value of the digital age.
We have engaged with young workers, trade unions big and small, technologists, government, civil society, business, academics, and activists throughout this process.
Read more about what we have done in the below.
Digital Tools for Trade Unions 2019
As part of the Young Workers Lab project, we scanned the market for digital tools either built by trade unions or that could be an inspiration for trade unions. Our insights are available in our "Connective Action: Digital Tools for Trade Unions report."
Download the report here.
the app for workers by workers
WeClock offers a privacy-preserving way to empower workers and unions in their battle for decent work.
WeClock gives an indication of the present and changing nature of work by providing insight
about the: presence or absence of decent or fair work, working conditions, or work/life balance. Built with workers in mind, WeClock empowers change.
Check out the app's website here for more info and download links.
Online Tool for Good Data Governance
Given that WeClock will be a data-gathering tool for unions, we decided to work with a UK union Prospect, along with Digital Public and Small Scale, to develop Lighthouse – an online, privacy-preserving tool to help unions become stewards of good data governance.
Lighthouse takes the form of an online guide - or quiz - where those participating get to rate their methods and practices along a range of topics.
Get Lighthouse courtesy of Prospect here
the crowd-sourcing platform
As work becomes more precarious, piecemeal and decentralised, we needed a communication tool that could reach all members, no matter where they were and when they worked. Thoughtexchange is that very tool! Read user stories from UNI Global's members and sectors here:
Engaging members in new ways (Unions21)
Contact Thoughtexchange here.