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Gather, Assemble, Act

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 Progress
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Momentus is in Stage 2: Research

info_outline In Stage 2, we are fleshing-out potential solutions, researching competitors, building clickable mock-ups, interviewing potential customers, and testing audiences.

 The Unmet Need

Many stakeholder groups feel powerless. e.g. Uber/Lyft drivers or students. They lack a modern mechanism to coordinate, coalesce around issues and use the leverage they have to effect the change they want.
Social media is great for discussion. However, it is not great for action. It lacks the tools, structure, and hierarchy to effectively coordinate.
Social media's main form of leverage is "public shaming". This can work but requires large scale and is hit-and-miss.
Mostly, social media yields "slacktivism" and "oh dear-ism". Also, it's common that individuals "speaking out of turn" face retribution from their employers.
Change.org allows people to define issues and show their support for them but it's essentially a slightly more organized form of public shaming.
Any company or institution's reaction to public shaming can also be hollow and focus on minimizing damage versus actual change - "green-washing", "window dressing", etc.
There are many other levers that stakeholders have at their disposal; they just need a mechanism to bring them to bear, including:
- the power of the consumer wallet (see our business #Ethically)
- shareholder voting rights
- labor organization
- direct contributions (donations)

groups People

group_work Contributors:  LA Lissette AriasNicole LeeBW Brett WischowNE Nikita ElkinGC Grace Connors

follow_the_signs Followers:  JB Jeremy BurtonTC Tim ConnorsBW Brett WischowJM Jack McMackinFK Francis KimSD Sagar DesaiLA Lissette AriasDB David BoneparthCA Carol AlexanderFW Felipe WitchgerTH Tom HigleyJL Jim LarrisonGS Ginna SantyNF Natalie FoleySS Shaun StylesFM Frank MastronuzziJM John McIntyreDS Dave SheffermanOE Omar El-AyatCS Chris SandersBD Brendan DalyDK David KennedyJR John RizzoSS Steven SchkolneMH Margot HughanNS Neil ShahCG Celena GreenSO Shane OFlahertyAB Adam BilderseeJB Jeff BalagurasSE Shelly ElliottCM Cecilia MarihartSP Stephanie PalmeriAW Abby West

 News
Montana State University faculty and students push for stronger climate action

A decade has passed since Montana State University addressed its plan to combat climate change, despite a plan to review and update progress regularly. And while sustainability work has continued

Unit tests an easier way for workers to organize – TechCrunch

Work looks wildly different today than it did a year ago. In tech, every bit of the workplace has been tweaked to fit our new remote world. From scaling accountability and onboarding remotely to figuring out what old perks can be made socially distant — myriad decisions have been made at the hands of the […]

Black Lives Matter Has Grown More Powerful, and More Divided

In the year since George Floyd was murdered, racial justice organizations across the country have been inundated with millions of dollars in donations and thousands of eager new activists. They have earned a prominent platform that puts them on the front lines of political and social battles. Their influence has been immediate: A local organization helped St. Louis elect a Black woman as mayor for the first time. A longtime activist group in Louisville, Kentucky, oversaw what became a hub for pr

Apple Staff Complain About Plans for Return to Office Work in Letter to Tim Cook

A large group of Apple employees are opposing the company's plans to require three days of in-person work a week from September, according to a...

Coworker.org

Coworker is the leading global peer-based workplace organizing platform designed to support workers of all kinds to spark true change.

How Exxon Lost a Board Battle With a Small Hedge Fund

The oil giant’s unexpected boardroom defeat by an activist investor hinged on a few key moments.

Hedge Fund Veteran Chris James to Start Impact-Investing Firm - Bloomberg
Subscribe to read | Financial Times

News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication

Just one in ten impact investors engage with stakeholders to understand impact - BlueMark

BlueMark's in-depth review of 30 investors – with a combined $99bn in impact assets under management – finds more than half not aligned with SDG targets, while cost constraints mean only 11% engage with stakeholders to assess their impact.

The State of Disclosure on Trade Association Memberships in Corporate America — JUST Capital

When looking at the 928 publicly traded companies from our 2021 Rankings, we find that 58.3% do not disclose any of their trade association memberships.

An 'Army of 16-Year-Olds' Takes On the Democrats

BOSTON — Dana Depelteau, a hotel manager, had just gone public with a long-shot candidacy for mayor in Boston when he noticed that someone in city politics was going after him online. The effect of this attack, he said, was lightning-fast and pervasive. The morning after he announced his candidacy on Twitter, he showed up at his local barbershop and, while staring at himself in the mirror, overheard a customer describing his views as white supremacist. “I’m thinking, ‘Man, politics is dirty,’” recalled Depelteau. He rushed home to fire back at his critic, a sharp-edged progressive who had dug up some of Depelteau’s old social media posts and was recirculating them online. But that, he discovered, was a big mistake...

“They Want Enough Money to Keep Up the Fight”: New York Media’s Top Union Erupts in Conflict Over Cash

The NewsGuild of New York, overextended from a spate of organizing, is running into opposition from members over footing the bill. As one source put it: “The Guild basically wants Times employees to underwrite the revolution.”

The Responsive Communitarian Platform | The Communitarian Network | The George Washington University

Preamble

Amazon, McDonald's join pay hikes | LinkedIn

Following Chipotle's announcement that it's bumping pay and offering referral bonuses to attract workers, Amazon and McDonald's announced similar moves.

Fight for $15

1,000s of workers. 100s of cities. 1 movement. $15 and a union. #FightFor15

McDonald's Workers Will Strike for $15 an Hour in 15 Cities

Striking cashiers and cooks say there's an easy solution to McDonald's labor shortage: a $15 minimum wage.

The ascent of Sara Nelson, workers’ great hope

The Association of Flight Attendants president has become America’s most prominent labor leader. Now she’s poised to help the entire worker movement take off.

Starbucks mulls leaving Facebook over hateful comments, report says

Social justice posts by coffee company are reportedly ‘overwhelmed’ by ‘hate speech-related comments’

Big Sky ski patrollers form union | Business | bozemandailychronicle.com
Peers who boost marginalized voices help others, and themselves, study shows

Notre Dame News gathers and disseminates information that enhances understanding of the University’s academic and research mission and its accomplishments as a Catholic institute of higher learning.

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👋 Can I get your thoughts? 🙏

As we continue developing the product features of Momentus, we want to keep both key parties in mind, this includes the target's representative. What are your thoughts on the following questions:

▸ What motivates a co. representative to engage in negotiations? (e.g. group volume, the type of issue, the legal severity of the issue, visibility/risk of good and/or bad exposure, the influence level of the group members, rewards, etc.)

▸ What deters engagement? What are the risks they want to avoid?

▸ Would co. representatives prefer to negotiate with a group lead or with the collective? Why? Is it based on who has (or appears to have) the most power/influence?

▸ Should the agreed-upon actions resulting from a failed campaign be more prominent and clear to both parties?

Feel free to post your comments below. Even better, if you know someone in PR at any company, please share via email: lissette@platformstud.io. Thanks!

Hi all! An update from Design:

I want to share a few tidbits that are coming out of user research before we post a more thorough analysis.

There are some overarching themes we are seeing that people would want the ideal platform to offer: automation, connection, amplification. These apply across different aspects and functionality of petitions/campaigns, but in essence, they would solve some of the biggest pain points.

Lastly, we continually hear (and confirm) that social media is not a "shaming" platform when it comes to petitions, it's the very lifeline of any effort.

Much more to come! Stay tuned.

Lissette

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/business/energy-environment/exxon-engine-board.html. climate 100, blackrock, state street all organized to get this done. climate100 could be a great partner for momentous.com/exxon.climate group and all other .climate groups for f500s

👋Hi! An update from Design:
- We reached out to 100 petition creators on change.org
- We've had a positive response on our interview requests–four scheduled to speak to us
- Competitive analysis is underway

Our goal is to have user research synthesis by the end of next week.

Hi everyone, happy to let you know that I started building the first version of the Momentus site on Bubble.io today!

Hey everyone! We're very excited to announce that we've re-branded Union 2.0 to Momentus! Thank you to everyone who participated in the naming process including voting for your favorites! There were a few things that stood out to me about Momentus as a name:
-Momentum is critical to any movement, and Momentus captures that well.
-Often these organized groups organize around a specific moment in time - a breaking news story, injustice put on display, court cases, etc.
-The use of "us" is very inclusive and gives people the feeling of being in the group to capture the aforementioned moment.

We'll be hopefully giving more updates in the days to come! Stay tuned!

Brett

👋Hi! Here's an update of the activity on Union2.0-

- A team of core and Guild members worked through the six hats exercise led by Jeremy
- We have a Framer prototype that includes the rough concept w/functionality proposed by Tim and Jeremy's user stories
- We have a help request in platformOS to gather initial feedback on the rough prototype. Please jump in and check it out!
- We're underway in the deep-dive stage of user research and competitive analysis. Our goals are to understand the Union space and our target users' pain points. Our two key users are the petition creator and the company representative.

What's Happening Now
Connecting with change.org campaign creators, continue gathering insights from subject-matter experts, and continue the trendscape and competitive analysis.

📣A big shoutout to Francis Kim and Dave Shefferman for sharing excellent insights that have produced great questions to explore. Thank you!!! 📣

Highlights of the feedback coming soon! Stay tuned.

If you know someone who is in the union space, either the end user or on the company side, please send them our way via email: lissette@platformstud.io.

Talk soon!

LA

Hey everyone! Exciting news - this week we bought domains for several of the Union 2.0 name suggestions below including:

OnThree
Gather
Coalition
Momentus

OnThree seems to be the primary favorite as of now, so we bought a ton of versions of that one:
OnThree.org
OnThree.co
OnThree.club
OnThree.work
OnThree.us
On3.club
On3.today
On3.work

Let me know in the comments if any of those versions really pops for you and make sure you vote or comment on other name suggestions and we'll make sure to buy those domains to lock them in.

Happy Friday!

I think we need a poll widget here, right?

I like Gather.com!

What's a good product name for "Union 2.0"?
Add your suggestions as replies here and upvote those you like.

As a prompt, consider our tagline "Gather, Assemble, Act".

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/amazon-union-defeat-alibabas-antitrust-fine-walter/id1073226719?i=1000516930426

In the first part of the podcast, they discuss the Amazon unionization defeat. Prof. Galloway takes a pretty negative view not on collective action but on unions as they exist today.

We had a great brainstorming session today and now have a clear path forward for V1 of clickable mockups.

This idea of a "liquid" or "proxy" based voting structure is quite compelling because it scales even as as each individual adds more orgs or products they are associated with. If each individual had to stay on top of each issue at each org he/she contributes labor to or each company where he/she is a consumer, it would quickly get overwhelming or you'd just get polarization voting.

I updated the Problem / Unmet Need and Proposed Solution on the "Details" tab here. Comments welcome.

What is the opportunity that you're seeing here? Is it to rethink how unions are formed and managed? Or is it to rethink the goals of collective action for labor? It seems as though the structure of a union was created for a different era, where people switched jobs far less frequently.

One potential solution: https://unitworkers.com/
https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/unit-of-work
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