Nepal: IFJ and FES host digital organising bootcamp17 Nov, 2022
Digital organising is the future for unions, using technology to create meaningful and authentic outreach to empower workers. From November 1-3, the IFJ and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) ran an intensive digital bootcamp, FUTURE POWER 2022: Digital Organising for Stronger Unions, in Nepal, bringing together young leaders from across Asia to strengthen media unions and hone digital organising strategies for the new age. Under the guidance of facilitator Kevin Brokt, Senior Campaign Lead with IFJ affiliate The News Guild – Communications Workers of America (TNG-CWA), participants from Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Nepal and the Philippines learnt to effectively use both digital and offline skills, platforms and tools to expand union membership, organise freelancers and create personal relationships through virtual outreach and conversation. Using the knowledge gained across the three-day program, the young union leaders developed digital organising action plans to put into practice within their unions. The IFJ thanks TNG-CWA and Kevin for his constant professionalism, passion, and union camaraderie throughout the training, as well as Hovig Melkonian, Pratima Bhatta and Pooja Kapahi from UNI Global Union for sharing their expertise in digital organising. The program would not have been possible without the continued collaboration and support of the FES team in Nepal, as well as Norsk Journalistlag, Union to Union and the National Endowment for Democracy.