Short Online Course on Union Tech - Trade Unions in Transformation 4.0

31 May 2021 Berlim, Alemanha 31 May - 31 May

Short Online Course on Union Tech - Trade Unions in Transformation 4.0

  • 31 May - 31 May
  • Berlim, Alemanha

Addressing an expressed need of trade unionists this 4 part course unites participants to build their capacity to effectively design and use new digital technologies. What are the pitfalls, the challenges and the possibilities? Come and be inspired by, and discuss with, some of the world’s leading experts and share your good (and bad!) experiences.

The 4 workshops will be practical, to-the-point yet as innovative as possible. They will take their point of departure in a vision of a sustainable union-wide and union-led digital transformation process. This is not a course that will recommend concrete solutions. Rather the workshops will offer the space for discussion, avenues for change and will suggest helpful tools for unions to make their own digital transformation strategies. Throughout we will inspire and unpack the possibilities unions have to empower themselves and their members through responsible UnionTech.


Deadline for registration: 8 April 2021

12 April 2021
3/17/31 May 2021

1 – 2:30 PM Berlin time

What to expect

The course starts with the workshop “A Union-Wide Transformation” which introduces a “Digital Maturity Framework” toolkit that can aid union transformation so it covers a range of necessary dimensions: from leadership, to union culture, to campaigning, data skills, capacities and collective bargaining. Launching from there, the participants will meet some of the world’s most progressive developers who only build tech for good and whose tools put privacy at their heart.

The second workshop “Expanding Horizons” will widen participants' knowledge of what is digitally possible, even where privacy and worker empowerment are at the core. Workshop 3 “Now What?” builds on the first two and asks “We have an organisational plan in place, we know what is possible, how then do we go about building tools that meet our members known and yet also unknown needs?”

The last workshop will cover the all important theme of data storytelling - analysing and visualising union data for maximum outcome. Experience the magic and imagination of a good data analyst - see the potentials and discuss how data storytelling can support union campaigns, advocacy and collective bargaining.

A final report summarising the discussions will be provided and shared with all participants.


The four workshops will take place in April and May 2021. A rapid fire, intense course where maximum benefit comes from being present at all four workshops.

Workshop 1 - April 12 at 13:00 CET A Union-Wide Transformation

Workshop 2 - May 3 at 13:00 CET Expanding Horizons

Workshop 3 - May 17 at 13:00 CET Now What?

Workshop 4 - May 31 at 13:00 CET Data Storytelling

The workshops will take place in English and will be translated simultaneously in Portuguese and Spanish.


The workshop is for trade union staff who are engaged in digital transformation processes or who wish to be. Commitment to all four workshops would be advantageous.

This is an open invitation to trade union colleagues, so do feel free to share accordingly.


Registrations via this link.

Deadline for registration: 8 April 2021

Once registered, you will receive a zoom link and reminder 3 days before each session.


Dr. Christina J. Colclough, Founder of the Why Not Lab, will lead us through the 4 workshops.

She will be joined by:

  • Nathan Freitas Founder of the Guardian Project and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School. Nathan specialises in privacy preserving mobile technologies and has, amongst others, worked with Edward Snowden in developing the app Haven.

  • Dr Jonnie Penn is a researcher at Cambridge University, founder of, historian of information technology, broadcaster, and public speaker. He is an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School, a New York Times bestselling author and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

  • Dan Calacci is a researcher at the MIT Media Lab. Dan is an activist and one of the best data storytellers out there. He has also developed Gigbox, a research and development toolkit centering workers in the gig economy, and is cofounder of Riff Analytics.

For the record

Each workshop will be recorded in the original language (English) only and may be shared with participants at a later date.