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STORIES OF SOLIDARITY

A social media platform that encourages workers in the low-wage, precarious workforce to build new forms of solidarity.

What is STORIES OF SOLIDARITY?

How does it work?

Post a story via the web, mobile app, or text messaging. It will appear on the map, creating a visualization of narratives. Totally anonymous.

About the Team

The Stories of Solidarity project arose from a “hack-a-thon” group formed for a conference organized by UC Davis Professors Chris Benner, Jesse Drew and Glenda Drew entitled “Social Media, Insecure Work and New Solidarities” held at the UCLA downtown labor center in the Fall of 2012.

The “hack-a-thon” group came together to create a new social media platform beneficial to those organizing sectors of workers that suffer from low wages, poor healthcare, immigration problems and other aspects of much of the new economy. The original hack-a-thon team was comprised of students and faculty from Design, Computer Science, History, Community Development, Technocultural Studies, and Digital Humanities from both UC Davis and UC Los Angeles.

The project recognizes that social media has become a powerful means for connecting people and supporting social movement organizing. At the same time, rapid technological change, globalization and volatile competitive conditions have contributed to growing insecurity in work, in which the workplace is less frequently a site of long-term stability and collective conceptions of work have been eroded as a basis for solidarity. By building the Stories of Solidarity project, the developers seek to apply skill and talent to help solve an important social ill that plagues millions of workers in the US.

Press

September 27, 2013

UCD students’ social media tool garners attention

September 14, 2013

Labor Video

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GritTV with Laura Flanders

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Interview with AFL-CIO

STORIES OF SOLIDARITY Research

Prototypes

NEW Prototype built in Javascript - working map and real time updates.
WORKING
First iteration from our hackathon. Built with HTML5, CSS, and jQuery.
INITIAL