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Interviewing Redundant Dell Workers

Ground Zero of #LOCCJUST BEYOND the blue coat rack (at left) is The Mall, a meeting room inside the Absolute Hotel where I will interview 18 redundant Dell employees today for possible entry to a programme run by the Limerick Institute of Technology. The ex-Dell workers want to use money from the European Globalisation Fund to embark on a very structured higher education path that leads to a Certificate in Web Promotion. It's a challenging course with lots of hands-on field work. The eerie thing about the interview venue is that it is the same place used by Jeffrey Kaye several years ago to chat with people in Limerick about the closing of the Dell factory. Kaye went on to air a PBS segment on the visit and to write a book about the fall of manufacturing in Ireland. From their application forms, it appears that 12 of the people taking the Web Promotion for Business Course were directly involved in the manufacturing and packaging of Dell components in Limerick. The education programme we have set up for these people will be one of the most innovative things I've done as an adult educator. Upon successful completion, graduates will be able to leverage mobile tools (an Android phone and a webcam-equipped laptop) when producing field reports that promote local businesses in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. I expect several of them will make guest posts to my blog as they explain facets of their 12-week journey in higher education.


Jeffrey Kaye -- Moving Millions ISBN 9780470423349

"Irish Jobs Polish Jobs" from two years ago (with video).

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Learning about eBay Turnover

Conn and LiamA FEW YEARS AGO, I listened to John and Patrick Collison explain how power sellers leveraged eBay through the use of smart software. The recession has been good news for many businesses selling on eBay. Jonathan Moules has seen data that suggests "the number of £1m-plus turnover companies trading on the online marketplace is set to double this year." Moules looked at eBay UK and the numbers say "66 businesses turned over more than £1m last year." The trendline is promising: "eBay expects this total to rise to 127 £1m-plus compnaies by the end of this year, with an average increase in turnover of about £600,000 per business." The Financial Times Weekend profiles Jeremy Wicks who started his business as an 18-year-old. He sells B-stock, pre-owned and ex-display electronic equipment now, under the brand Why Buy New UK. He dispatches about 400 eBay orders per week, selling stock at a fixed price, rather than using eBay's traditional auction service.


Jonathan Moules -- "Turnover boon for eBay businesses" in the FT Weekend, 21 August 2010.

Reduced prices on Behringer gear.

 

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Google Doesn't Headhunt Bloggers

Spencer StuartSPENCER STUART has taken out full page advertisements throughout European mainstream print publications in its search for "a senior European government affairs and public policy leader," someone who is "an experienced, articulate leader to assume the mantle of Google's Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Europe. This is a high-profile position, and the key issues you will address on Google's behalf--and on behalf of a free and open global Internet--include privacy and data protection, free expression, intellectual property reform, and efforts to regulate online content, advertising and technology." Since Google is blogphobic from top to bottom, I doubt that anyone who has a compelling online weblog would be shortlisted for this position.

 


Quotation taken from The Economist, 24 June 2006. Image nicked from Spencer Stuart.

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