Work Spring

Day 23 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

We all remember the Arab Spring, a period of intense disruption across the Arab world leading to regime change and greater democratisation. Ironically starting in the winter of 2010 it is still rumbling on. Old orders have been replaced and in some cases old orders have been restored.

According to Wikipedia (so it must be true) rulers have been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt (twice), Libya and Yemen, civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain and Syria, major protests have broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Sudan; and minor protests have occurred in Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Western Sahara and the Palestine territories.

The Arab Spring is widely believed to have been instigated by dissatisfaction with existing leadership and social inequality especially around money. Each uprising can be characterized in that it was popular, that is of the people and that the use of social media played a big role in spreading the message and keeping the populace and the world involved.

Do we need a work spring?

Do we need a popular uprising instigated by dissatisfaction with old style command and control leadership models? Could it happen, workers uniting in a spate of cooperatives and mutuals, spurred on by shared responsibilities and the capacity to have a say in the outcomes of each venture? Could old orders be toppled and replaced with greater democratization and involvement?

Of course social media will have a big part to play to spread the message and keep the people and the world involved.

According to Wikipedia there hasn’t been a work spring. It doesn’t exist but we can ask for it to be created.

Workers of the world unite! Rise up, it is time to rewrite history!

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