SLunionisland » G8 Union Island: International unions in Second Life Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:04:53 +0000 en hourly 1 Thanks for the wishes Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:40:57 +0000 Johninnit Ni Thanks everyone who signed the Tanabata wish campaign action we’ve had running on Union Island up to the G8 summit in Hokkaido Japan last week. We’ve now removed it from the island as the petition has been presented to G8 leaders.

In all, over a million people signed the action, on the web, in RL and through SL. GCAAP (Global Call to Action Against Poverty – the coalition group who organised the campaign, and who include many union organisations under their umbrella) presented the wishes to world leaders, and also took out an advert in the International Financial Times to make sure they knew people knew about it. You can see the advert on the blog here.

GCAAP also have a news release here about the lacklustre results of the summit, where although the commitment to their 2015 poverty targets was reiterated, there was little in the way of concrete funding or action to actually meet them.

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Teeny tiny Tanabata Tue, 24 Jun 2008 22:42:52 +0000 Johninnit Ni Tanabata miniDo you have some land in SL? A little place you call your own, that could do with a pot plant to brighten it up? Well, help is at hand in the form of our new baby Tanabata tree. This dinky little potted bamboo is part of a Japanese tradition practiced every July, where people tie up their wishes for the year ahead.

This year the festival of Tanabata coincides with Japan hosting the G8, so this tree is a campaign action. As more people sign the Global Call to Action Against Poverty’s wish petition, their wishes will be beamed by the magic of XML (scripted by QA Computing’s prodigiously talented David Boelke) onto your Tanabata tree.

Please take one from Union Island (you can’t miss it – under the giant Tanabata we have), and stick it in your own home. If you know anyone or any groups that would like one too, it’s free, so please feel free to circulate as much as you like, and help spread the message of the campaign, so we get a great result to send to the Japanese Prime Minister at the start of the G8 summit.

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What’s your wish for the G8? Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:01:30 +0000 Johninnit Ni Tanabata tree in SL

Tanabata is an old Japanese custom practiced on 7 July each year. You think of your wishes for the coming year, and tie them to a bamboo, sharing them with everyone else. This year Tanabata time coincides with the G8 Summit in Japan, and Global Call for Action Against Poverty (the campaign formerly known as Make Poverty History) is inviting people to submit their wishes for the G8, to be formed into a petition to the Japanese Prime Minister, as the summit opens. You can now take part in Second Life™ too. We’ve put a Tanabata tree on Union Island, and just so you don’t miss it, we’ve made it a BIG one.

Add your name to the campaign action, and thanks to the wonders of XML (kindly programmed for us by QA Computing’s David Boelke), you’ll see your wish appear on the tree alongside everyone else’s.

If you’ve got a home space in SL, or your own sim, drop us a note and we’ll send you another little Tanabata of your own, which also updates with wishes. Let’s spread this campaign right around SL in time for the G8!

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Press release: Tie the G8 to a virtual promise Tue, 03 Jun 2008 13:25:33 +0000 Johninnit Ni Unions and campaign organisations under the banner of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty are using the campaign power of the web and virtual world Second Life™ to call on the leaders of the G8 to meet their promises to fight poverty and inequality.

Every year on 7 July, the people of Japan celebrate the custom of Tanabata by making wishes for the coming year, and tying them to a bamboo tree. This July, leaders of eight of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nations – the G8 – will be meeting in Hokkaido, Japan.

To coincide with the G8, people across the globe are being invited to make a virtual Tanabata wish for immediate action on workers rights, education, health and HIV/AIDS, climate change and international aid. The wishes will be displayed online and presented to the Japanese Prime Minister before the G8 meetings begin.

Situated on Union Island (, the Second Life home for trade unionists, is a giant virtual Tanabata tree, which shows the numbers of people making different wishes for the G8, as well as a list of the most recent to have added their names to the campaign. Users can also take an interactive Tanabata tree for their own space in Second Life, helping to spread the word amongst the virtual world’s 13 million users.

Campaigners will also be hosting events under the giant tree in the run up to the G8 summit, to discuss the issues behind the campaign.

TUC Head of International Relations, Owen Tudor, said: “Union Island is, like the unions who created it, a global phenomenon. With visitors from California to Mongolia, and from Norway to South Africa, it now offers the chance to take virtual action that results in real change. Trade unions share a common desire with development activists to see global action against poverty, and bringing this campaign into Second Life can send a new sort of message to world leaders.”


  • Find out how to visit the virtual island, and more background information on the project and Second Life at
  • The interactive Tanabata tree in Second Life was XML enabled by David Boelke of Second Life development company QA Computing.
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Take action against poverty and inequality Fri, 30 May 2008 15:38:24 +0000 Johninnit Ni

In July, leaders of eight of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nations – the G8 – will meet in Hokkaido, Japan for their annual meeting.

Trade unions and other civil society organisations around the world are calling on these leaders to take urgent action to meet their promises, and do far more, to fight poverty and inequality.

Every year on July 7, the people of Japan celebrate Tanabata by making their wishes for the coming year, and tying them to a bamboo tree. This year, people across the globe are invited to make their wish for immediate action from the G8 on workers rights, education, health and HIV/AIDS, climate change and international aid.

Your wish, along with millions of others will be handed to the Japanese Prime Minister on July 6, the day before the meetings begin. Join the growing Global Call to Action Against Poverty, as civil society everywhere calls for change, and an end to the injustices of poverty and inequality.

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