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Who owns Union Island?

Union Island is managed by a loose coalition of organisations representing unions around the world. We think it’s better to build one core community for trades unionists, rather than have them scattered amongst different sites for different organisations – it will make for a better networking experience for our users and help us to learn [...]


Why set up a dedicated island for unionists?

Virtual worlds are new to most unions, and setting up facilities in an environment like Second Life has costs, both financial and in terms of the learning needed to run them. By coming together in one place, we can share the costs and overcome the knowledge barriers, providing easy access to ready-made shared facilities for [...]


Why Second Life?

Unions are first and foremost about people. In many countries, unions are the largest form of voluntary organisation, and there are hundreds of millions of union members worldwide, with millions of people taking on voluntary activist roles in their own union.
Individual trade unionists stand to gain a lot from online networking, both in their own [...]


What is Union Island?

Union Island is a place in the virtual world Second Life (, intended to be a virtual home for all trades unionists around the world.
Union Island is a virtual island (yes, surrounded by virtual water). It has virtual buildings – facilities for users to share events, campaigns, discussions, training and much more.
Union Island will be [...]


What is Second Life?

Second Life is an interactive 3D environment that users explore through their internet-connected computer. Millions of people around the world (as well as thousands of companies and organisations) use it to chat, network, create, conduct business or play games.
If you’re new to all this, Second Life’s creators, Linden Lab, have a helpful definition of [...]


Any Questions?

Do you have any questions about the project? Contact us with them, and we’ll try our best to answer. Any we reckon are useful for more users, we’ll add to our FAQ section, to help satisfy everyone’s curiosity!


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