KMO welcomes Eric Boyd back to the C-Realm to reflect on 2020 and to try to pierce the mists of the future to catch a glimpse of what's to come. Topics include new space, money & debt, the shortcomings of algorithmic economy, the value of human attention, meat production in the age of molecular agriculture, and the glacial pace of the development of humanoid robots. Those pining for techno-collapse will find much to grind their teeth about in this episode.
KMO talks with long-time friend of the C-Realm about labor, academia, woke politics, Islam, sufism, and the illusory nature of the self, and maybe a passing mention of the pandemic.
Post Script from Marc:
During the Vault talk I was irritated with myself that couldn’t remember the title of an important report on union organizing. So, more for myself than anyone else, I went into my work notes and found the document.
The 2003 report by Kate Bronfenbrenner and Robert Hickey, of Cornell U.: “Blueprint for Change: A National Assessment of Wining Union Organizing Strategies”.
- Adequate and appropriate staff and financial resources
- Strategic targeting and research
- Active and representative rank-and-file organizing committees
- Active participation of member volunteer organizers
- Person-to-person contact inside and outside the workplace
- Benchmarks and assessments to monitor union support and set thresholds for moving ahead with the campaign
- Issues which resonate in the workplace and in the community
- Creative, escalating internal pressure tactics involving members in the workplace
- Creative, escalating external pressure tactics involving members outside the workplace, locally, nationally, and/or internationally
- Building for the first contract during the organizing campaign.