I've thought about making an app to help people organize. Similar to how people can make subreddits, or how on 8ch people could make boards, in this app, people could make syndicates.
The syndicates would be anarcho-syndicalist style (like voting and shit) to prevent monopolization of power that happens in syndicates today.
Not a syndicalist (or anarchist) myself, but I figured this could really help people organize and express their frustrations to other workers.
Possibly, syndicates could join with other syndicates in "federations" of syndicates, so like people who work in telephone industries could band together and hold a joint strike, for example.
Speaking with a leftist lawyer, he suggested that the app could include a section on labor rights/laws. I thought it was a good idea.
This app could be named SyndiCat (ENG) or SindiGato (ESP), and could have a wild cat as the logo. Don't really care about this, just liked it when it occurred to me.
"Union fees" could be asked from users to pay for dev+server+services costs. Otherwise, advertising would be an easier option. If it's decided to go the union-fees route, I think it's important to consider third-world purchase power, as 1 USD is not a lot in the US but considerably more in other places, especially if they're unbanked.
There would need to be an "MVP" kind of thing. The basic product would need auth. A chat probably (or a forum like function). Some voting functions.
After that, things could get fancy, like initiating a vote for a new delegate. Federations of syndicates. Labor laws section pertaining to user's locality. Kicking out users of the syndicate.
What this would need:
- A backend
- An android front end (since I live in a third world and most workers don't have iPhones).
- Theory (anarcho syndicalist?)
- Marketing (this would probably be expensive)
Some other considerations:
- Could attract right wing terrorists and allow them to organize (not probable, but possible)
- Bosses could infiltrate syndicates
Right now I'm really busy with work, but I've been learning front-end dev recently on my free time (much much more experienced building back-ends), hopefully I'll get some time to develop this idea more fully.
I'd like to know your (as in OP and /tech/ generally) opinion. Any feedback, extra ideas, is genuinely appreciated.