Upcoming Workshop             01.06.2019 – 09.06.2019

MTIT 2019 Special Workshop


The 2019 MTIT Special Workshop will be facilitated by a team of experts in the respective fields. The workshop will equip participants with the skills for real time problem solving through social innovation, the application of social innovation and design thinking in the authentic mobilization of labor for the purpose of optimal productivity, value-added and proactive accountability ‘watchdogging’. Social innovation has become a best standard, cost effective, quick, and easily replicable approach to solving intractable social and economic issues. Managers and Analysts can make better faster decisions that can enable informed staff to actualize organizational goals/mission.


Social innovation entails everything that has to do with new ideas or concepts that contribute in solving complex problems or needs that have proved difficult to solve. In our dynamic world where there are constantly emerging issues that challenge the skills of human relationship managers, social innovation as a discipline is providing unmatchable tools for solving complex problems. Whether in the areas of poverty, homelessness, violence, workplace safety, productivity, public relations, increased output per work, conducive work environment, to mention but a few, social innovation have become an undisputable means of handling challenging tasks. It provides a strategic means of solving problems in a sustainable manner.

Labour union leaders and industrial relationship managers require a robust and ergonomic skills needed to handle and address the emerging trends in human relationship management in a globalized world we live in today. It has been said however that for social innovations to be successful and have durability, the innovation should have a measurable impact on the broader social, political and economic context that created the problem in the first place. This ten-day training workshop is designed to provide practical hands-on-training on social innovation for managing complex problems in labor unionism and industrial relations.


According to Social innovation Generation, Canada, Social innovation is seen as “an initiative, product or process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system (e.g. individuals, organizations, neighbourhoods, communities, whole societies)”. The aim of this workshop therefore is to provide the competence skills required by labor union leaders and industrial relationship managers in order to function effectively and efficiently in their day to day activities as it relates to their work environment. Weather it is in the areas of collective bargaining, strategic planning, negotiations, workers welfare, leadership competency and networking, this workshop is aimed at providing the necessary training that can assist participants handle challenging tasks in labor unionism and industrial relationship.


This workshop is designed exclusively for labor union leaders and industrial relationship managers. However, individuals who wish to acquire skills in solving complex human relationship problems are welcome to attend. You need not belong to a labor union organization in order to participate.


This workshop is a training workshop that will focus on addressing key competencies necessary for day to day decision making in problem solving appertaining to labor union leaders and industrial relationship managers. The main focus is to identify how social innovation tools can be incorporated in decision making process by labor union leaders and industrial relationship managers so that they can handle complex problems in a globalized world. Certainly, labor union leaders and industrial relationship managers require an innovative strategy that will help them respond to internal and external challenges in their day to day decision making. This training workshop will cover these and other topics:

▪ Membership Activism, Union Democracy and Social Capital

▪ Organizational Learning

▪ Strategic Capacity

▪ Challenges and Changes

▪ How Trade Unions can act Strategically

▪ Leadership competency required for effective and efficient trade union relationship

▪ Collective bargaining and negotiating skills

▪ Emotional Intelligence and managing crisis

▪ Workplace safety and occupational health and safety

▪ Adapting to modern world in trade unionism or die

▪ Idea generation, need identification and potential solution

▪ Participatory approach to understanding and resolving problems

▪ Assessing, Scaling Up, and Diffusing Good Ideas

▪ Core competencies a trade union leader must not lack

▪ Assessing, Scaling Up, and Diffusing Good Ideas

▪ Common patterns of success and failure

▪ Learning and evolving

▪ Challenges facing labor union leaders today

▪ Globalization and unemployment, economic crisis

▪ Diverse workforce and immigration, and more topics

Duration:        10 Days