The Loomio Blog

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Regenerating the Earth for future generations

In June of 2018, 30 members of Economic Democracy Advocates (EDA) gathered to ratify their cooperative charter.

Brewery co-op brings everyone to the table on Loomio

Good conversations and great beer. That’s what led several friends living in Burlington, Vermont to form the Full Barrel Cooperative. Their mission is to establish the city’s first community-owned brewery.

Increasing accountability with human rights metrics

It is the year 2019 and billions of people around the world still lack access to necessities like food, shelter and healthcare. Autocratic regimes and human rights abusers continue to capture news headlines, while populist leaders preach hate and intolerance. The state of human rights today can seem dismal, but the truth is these human rights challenges are not insurmountable. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) has set out to quantify each country’s human rights performance, using a first-of-its-kind human rights measurement framework.

Funding community renewable projects

Communities around the world are stepping up to the major challenge of our times by building a regenerative low carbon economy.

Four patterns of successful groups

Hi there, I'm John. My work at Loomio is about groups' success. A big reason why Loomio exists is to help people collaborate to achieve successful outcomes. We are constantly surprised at the ways in which groups around the world use Loomio to do just that, with less time and effort, and this month we want to highlight some of that magic with…

Investing in community

Many people like to support local business by shopping at their neighborhood co-op, but they may not realize that they can take that support to the next level.

Securing the zero carbon act NZ needs

Let's help Generation Zero (GenZero) fuel their last push to secure a high quality version of the Zero Carbon Act in New Zealand! GenZero has ignited a huge movement for urgent action on climate change.

Uniting charities for a common cause

Charities are built to support communities but they are rarely offered support, themselves. That’s exactly what James Carlin set out to do when he co-founded the Bath and Northeast Somerset’s 3rd Sector Group (3SG for short). Around four years ago, after Bath lost it’s charity support agency, the founders of 3SG stepped in to quickly build an organisation that could act in its place—facilitating funding from regional sources and helping to unify charities with similar missions.

Loomio is back! New pricing, new stories, new features.

Kia ora from the whole Loomio team in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I'm Rob, co-founder and developer of the app. It’s been almost two years since our last update - which is way too long, so today I’ve got three big announcements to share with you: 1. Radical pricing for radical organizations 2. Monthly stories of incredible users. 3. Loomio 2.0 - mobile app out soon!

Helping UK cooperatives thrive

How do you role-model a democratic workplace? This was the question on Austen Cordasco’s mind as he set out to integrate new technology to improve decision-making within Co-operative Assistance Network Limited (CAN).

Leading Italy into the future of work; mondora creates benefit for all

What if the purpose of companies was “to create benefit for the world and try to make it a better place”? Or if they had “employee happiness” as a key performance indicator? While it may seem far-fetched at first, we at Loomio have the privilege of serving one such company that is leading the way and showing how businesses can make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to our communities.

Score polling is here!

Score polling is a simple but expressive voting process which captures the level of preference voters have for each option in the poll.

Richard Bartlett talks Occupy, Collective Intelligence, Teal, Scuttlebutt & Solarpunk

This year Rich & Nati have been delivering collaboration workshops around Europe as The Hum, and in the downtime, Rich has been talking with people about the topics he cares about. I'm pleased to share some of that talking with you in the form of these interviews.

Video: Full circle leadership with Alanna Irving

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Building workforce capability to address Family Violence and Sexual Violence

Over the last few years, the New Zealand Government has been committed to seeking new ways to guarantee everyone in New Zealand a safe environment to live. The country has one of the highest reported rates of family violence and sexual violence in the developed world, so action is needed.

Celebrating 2017 with new stories and features from Loomio

Hi folks, it’s Rich here, one of the Loomio co-founders. You haven’t heard from me for a while so I want to give you an update on what’s been happening this year. There’s been some incredible progress on the software, and I have a few stories to share after 9 months on the road too. 

We’re Coming to the US for a Community Organising Workshop Tour

Rich and Nati from Loomio are coming from New Zealand to join US-based team member MJ for a workshop tour across the States. We’re keen to meet with organisers who are interested in working non-hierarchically: whether they’re in cooperatives, startups, communities, collectives, NGOs or corporations.

A Women’s March to Co-Create the Future for All Humanity

The energy of so many people careening toward Washington D.C. was palpable on January 21st.

Shortening Meetings from Hours to 30 Minutes

Chris McClimans is part of a web design co-op based in Austin, Texas that uses Loomio to have shorter meetings and make better decisions. We interviewed him at the Open Source // Open Society Conference.

Consultants: Create a Safe Space for All Voices on Loomio

For Julie DiBari, inclusive decision-making is personal as well as professional. “In 21 years in the foster care system, I was never once asked what I thought works,” she says. Now, as a consultant, Julie supports diverse stakeholders to contribute to decisions that affect them, and to collaborate on solving complex problems.

Rapid Prototyping for Community Impact

We caught up with Climate Karanga Marlborough member Leon Jay at the Open Source//Open Society Conference in Wellington. They are helping reduce climate change in Marlborough by rapidly prototyping ideas using online collaboration.

Delight in Uncertainty… Gulp. Stories from the Road

Loomio Co-op Member and Director MJ Kaplan has been all over the US in recent months, at conferences exploring impact, collaboration, the economy, the future of work, and more.

Upcoming events in Wellington & special offer for local organisations

Join us for the New Zealand Premiere of an inspiring new film featuring Loomio alongside other cooperative organisations.

News November 2016: Imagine if Elections Worked More like Loomio

It’s been quite a month… Here in New Zealand we've been shaken by a 7.5 earthquake, while the world has been shaken politically.

Move the Advice Process Online in 3 Steps

In a self-managed company, everyone is a decision-maker. You need an effective process that enables group input while empowering individuals to act – and effective tools for running it.

Ours To Hack and To Own: a Review

Platform cooperativism is the radical idea that the internet would do more good if its major properties were democratically owned and governed.

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