Sat 16 Mar 2013 12:28AM

Introduce yourself to the Loomio Community

BK Benjamin Knight Public Seen by 942

There are so many new faces popping up in the Loomio Community!

This is a place where everyone can introduce themselves to the group, so we can all get to know each other :)

As new people come in who have provided some info about themselves, we'll welcome them here.


Benjamin Knight Sat 16 Mar 2013 1:04AM

I guess I'll get the ball rolling :)

I'm very happy to be part of the rapidly growing Loomio team. I'm based in Wellington with some of the other folks, working out of the Enspiral space.

I'm mostly focused on community outreach stuff, online facilitation, and helping develop a cooperative social enterprise model that demonstrates our values and keeps the project resourced in a sustainable way. I've never worked with such an amazing bunch of people, so I'm feeling pretty lucky.

As a human: I'm 29, and have been living in Wellington (North Island, New Zealand) for about 4 years. I grew up in Dunedin (South Island), apart from a couple of years when I was little living in the US (Maryland, near Washington DC), and a couple of years that I was studying in the US and UK, then traveling through central America and eastern Europe volunteering on organic farms and working at an environmental NGO in Czech Republic.

I loved coming back to Wellington, playing drums in a few bands and getting involved in community organising and social justice work, mainly through arts and music.

When the Occupy movement rolled around in 2011 I got deeply caught up in it, and had a first taste of collective decision-making on a scale I'd never even thought possible.

Then, connecting with Enspiral and realizing that there were so many other people (even just in Wellington, not to mention everywhere else) having exactly the same thoughts about how to use technology to make participatory decision-making easy for everyone - and that together with likeminded people all over the place, we maybe even have some of the skills to make it happen - well, I have been excited non-stop about working on Loomio ever since :)

I love that things are now at the point where we can grow an international community together around this project, connect with so many other amazing projects around the world, and provide space for all these projects and people to connect with each other.

The best part of the entire project for me is looking (obsessively) at the list of incredible groups and organisations signing up to use Loomio.

Knowing that there is such extraordinarily positive stuff happening everywhere is a much needed balance to the extremely worrying environmental and political stuff also everywhere at the same time.

Basically, there's nothing I'd rather be working on, and no community I'd rather be working on it with :)


Jeff Swift Mon 18 Mar 2013 7:58PM

Hi all,

I too am excited to be here at the Loomio Community. I'm a PhD student working in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University. All that really just means that I love studying and engaging in online deliberation and activism. I'm in the proposal phase of my dissertation, which will look at case studies of where deliberation leads to activism.

I look forward to learning more about Loomio and what I can do to help out.


Chloe Waretini (Loomio Helper) Mon 18 Mar 2013 8:07PM

I'm stoked to be in the fringe of the Loomio team, living in Auckland New Zealand. I've been involved with Enspiral for almost a year which is how I discovered the amazingness that is Loomio. This project and the people behind it inspire me more than anything I've discovered in a long time!

I work as a brand and communications consultant doing graphic design, writing and strategy for grassroots community orgs and social enterprises. I've been working a tiny bit with Loomio on this, but mostly I've just been watching from afar. I am obsessed with experience design - particularly in relation to collaborative design processes. My ultimate is to apply that to a public space setting!

Keen to support the Loomio magic and the team any way I can :-)


Francisco George PP-ES Wed 20 Mar 2013 12:29AM

Hi Everyone,

I'm 55, Belgian citizen residing in Madrid Spain, late father of twins 5 years old girls. I'm a member of the Directorate of the Spanish Pirate Party PIRATA.

I always been a freedom fighter, as any citizen of my native town, Liege, is. I participated during the eighties in the eclosion of Pirate Radios in Belgium, then participated to the legalization process till the end of it. The process reinstated the Private radio system in Belgium, that had disapeared during WW II.

I manage the account of @partido_pirata on Twitter. Mine is @paco229.

I was featured in a report from the public TV RTVE about social media called "The Social Mind" http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/informe-semanal/informe-semanal-mente-social/1426896/


Filipe Silva Tue 2 Apr 2013 9:26PM

Hey, I'm Filipe, I'm 18 and I come from Portugal, as you all may know we are not going through an easy phase right now and all our social and entrepreneurial ideas and projects decision making are pretty much desorganized... So, my intentions here as a beta tester are not only to give feedback to the site developers (which have done an awesome work up to now, btw) but also to eventually help translating loomio to portuguese just as Noelia is doing to spanish right now...


Laurent Tue 9 Apr 2013 4:07PM

Hello! I am Laurent! Very happy to take care of the French translation part! Living in Montpellier, French Riviera,. I am doing a M.A in cinema production, also waiting for a baby, and working for self sustainbility Projects like earthships and Simon Dale house and ecology!!!


[deactivated account] Thu 30 May 2013 2:40PM

Hi! I'm Neil - A Kiwi living in Europe (UK and Germany). On a trip back to New Zealand in January I got introduced to Loomio through a newspaper article. I have had a long term interest in online communities since I was first introduced to them in 1989, first started one in 1996, and have been involved with them on a daily basis ever since. Currently a part time PhD student and involved with a non-profit start up, Together 4 Change www.together4change.org I’m excited by the potential of Loomio and look forward to contributing in whatever way I can.


Richard Grevers Tue 4 Jun 2013 2:13AM

Hi, I'm Richard, living in Taranaki and a self-employed web developer. I'm webmaster for the Permaculture in New Zealand, which is how I came to be a trial user of loomio.


Rose Lu Thu 6 Jun 2013 4:48AM

Hey! I'm Rose. I'm currently living in Christchurch and working as an embedded C developer. My interests are music and yoga and crochet and I tend to get really excited about things. Looking forward to contributing to Loomio!!!!!


Ronan McHugh Thu 27 Jun 2013 6:52PM

Hello, my name is Ronan. I'm originally from Ireland but I work in Copenhagen, Denmark as a developer. I have some experience of non-hierarchical activism from back home, so I was very interested to find this project. I'd like to be have a look around and hopefully squash some bugs if I can find the time.


Alanna Irving Thu 27 Jun 2013 10:41PM

@ronanmchugh do you know @nicolaswormser ? he's also in Copenhagen! @sophiejerram and @noelia from our team will be visiting there very soon too.


Malcolm Colman-Shearer Fri 28 Jun 2013 3:34AM

Hi all, I'm Malcolm. I live in Wellington in a large community house. I spend quite a bit of my week working as a Business Analyst at a rather large financial institution (I know, not exactly Loomioish!). I tend to work on things like project management, process improvement, systems development etc. Things that might be handy for Loomio as it gets bigger...
As you can see between paid work and home, I have my feet in two very different camps! Anyway, I'm hoping I can lend some of my skills to the cause.


Chris Taklis Fri 28 Jun 2013 8:42AM

Hi i am Chris, I am from Greece. i live in mt. Pelion. I hope i can help as much as i can on Loomio because i think it is a great project and with future especially for groups and organizations which want to make collective-decisions.


Nicolas Wormser Fri 28 Jun 2013 8:56AM

Hey @ronanmchugh, we need to catch up one of these days for sure. I'm looking for connections here, and I'd be more than happy to introduce you to the project. Are you keen to meet up next week? @sophiejerram is going to be around from wednesday and @noelia from Sunday, so that sounds like a perfect timing. Let me know (nicolas@cybercrumbs.net or here).


Ronan McHugh Fri 28 Jun 2013 10:14AM

Hey @nicolaswormser & @alannakrause, thanks for the heads up. Nicholas, yeah I'd be up for meeting. When are you planning to meet with the Kiwis? I'm time poor at the moment due to work and baby, but I'd like to be able to contribute a little bit now and then.


Noelia Fri 28 Jun 2013 11:06AM

yes lets catch up! it would be really cool! @nicolaswormser @ronanmchugh :)


Tom Lord Thu 4 Jul 2013 11:39AM

Hi all! My name's Tom, as you can see :-)

I come from a background of less-heirarchical-activism, and I work with Aptivate - http://aptivate.org - a non-profit tech organisation working in international development, that runs by consensus, based in the UK.

As it happens, we've been making our own online consensus decision making & tracking tool called Econsensus - http://econsensus.org - which is somewhere behind Loomio in terms of its development stage - and so we're excited to hear both about this project and Loomio as an organisation! I had the great pleasure of speaking to Ben and Vivien last week, and I'm looking forward to continuing to work out how we can collaborate and what we have to share with one-another, both in terms of online collaboration tools and as software coop organisations (coop-ish in our case). We seem to share a lot of practices, ideas and ideals.

I'm also involved with an activist-tech network in the UK and I've been making people in the UK aware of both projects, and there's definitely interest.

At Aptivate we're already learning a lot from seeing what you've accomplished with Loomio, and we think we have some suggestions from our own experience, and I hope we have a lot of discussions in the future about all this good stuff. Maybe someone can suggest an appropriate way for us to start asking questions and suggesting things without drowning people in rambling :-)

I look forward to collaborating with you all!



Carl Scrase Mon 8 Jul 2013 11:53AM

Hi all,

It has been great reading through all the introductions.

I echoe the statement by @benjaminknightloom "When the Occupy movement rolled around in 2011 I got deeply caught up in it, and had a first taste of collective decision-making on a scale I'd never even thought possible."

After the wave of Occupy receded I went searching for wisdom from the last rising of the social movement in the 60's and 70's. That search has led me to living/working/playing at Commonground Co-operative. A Co-operative Social Enterprise that was set up in 1984 in Australia. I am learning lots from the collaborative process they have built up over the years here and am looking forward to amplifying them in the near future.


We offer Collaborative management and facilitation training through the Groupwork Institute.


We run the Commonground Social Change Festival.


We also have a conference centre we rent out at subsidised rates for social change organisations and a nice big market garden.

I am also Co-founder of Real Democracy Australia.


And part of the Stand In My Shoes empathy movement. http://standinmyshoes.com/

We live in exciting times and I am so happy that things like Loomio now exist!

Please connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.


Richard D. Bartlett Wed 31 Jul 2013 4:24AM

Hi folks, my name's Rich, I'm one of the Loomio Co-op members. My work here sits across design, code development, customer support, and communications.

I am passionate about the potential for disruptive positive social change that results when open source communication technology is deployed on a massive scale. In addition to this software project, I pursue this interest through DIY hardware (e.g.), community organising and activism around digital rights.


Raphaël Jadot Thu 22 Aug 2013 9:50PM

Hi my name is Raphaël, president of the association OpenMandriva.
Loomio is a great tool that help us taking decision, as we never can meet together (people from all over the World, from Brazil to New Zealand :)


Alanna Irving Wed 25 Sep 2013 5:17AM

Welcome @simon1 !

Here's a bit about him...


I’ve experimented with online and in-person dialogue and deliberative processes since the mid-2000s. I’m proud of the work I did with Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council, especially the Who gets born? Pre-birth testing' project. Information about this work can be extracted from the National Archives by following the links from http://www.mfe.govt.nz/website/closed-sites/bioethics.html.

I’ve been supporting the Wellington City Youth Council for over two years now. The Youth Council has been using Loomio since mid 2012.


Alanna Irving Wed 25 Sep 2013 5:21AM

Welcome to some more new members... tell us a bit about yourself @brettlockspeiser @josephcederwall @niclane :)


Nic Lane Wed 25 Sep 2013 5:25AM

i rage. art rage, film rage, theatre rage, archival rage, community rage... on loomio i rage on the big live arts group board. rage


Alanna Irving Wed 25 Sep 2013 6:26AM

Welcome @robgilbert !

Here's a bit about Rob...

"As the chair of the Stirchley Stores committee it is part of my role to make sure everyone gets heard. Since we’ve started using Loomio we’ve had some really useful discussions that have previously consumed a lot of ‘real’ meeting time. With Loomio, people can get their idea together before speaking and as a result communicate more effectively."



max noble Wed 25 Sep 2013 6:53AM

Hello my name is max, you can call me the Evil Overlord.
I had a mental break down about 3 years ago and I have not recovered yet. Actually i don't even think i'm improving. In the meantime i'm doing what any other narcissistic psycho would do....build an evil empire hell bent on world domination.
If i step on anybody toes....sorry about that...but I am evil

Anyway must get back to work...this world domination thing a lot more work than i thought.

Your Evil Overlord


Alanna Irving Wed 25 Sep 2013 7:19AM

Hey @rebekawhale - welcome! Can you introduce yourself?


max noble Wed 25 Sep 2013 8:01AM

How many people here are makers?


max noble Wed 25 Sep 2013 8:02AM

@richarddbartlett Are you a maker?


Rebeka Whale Wed 25 Sep 2013 9:32AM

Hey Max, if by maker you mean physical materials + hands, then, Yes! Earthbuilding, Gardening, Sewing, Furniture...

Kia ora koutou,
I'm Rebeka Whale. I grew up in Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty - That's the East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa. (+ my first 8.5 years in Te Wai Pounamu).
I am also half Deutsch - from a beautiful suburb in Hamburg. Excited about the German translation!

I studied Performance Design (for theatre and film) at Massey - (School of Design, Fine Arts & Music) and Toi Whakaari, in Te Whaea - our National Dance & Drama School. I have also studied Graphic Design. Throughout my studies I have always been somewhat of an outsider because I cared a huge amount about the environmental impacts of all the materials I was using, and generally wanted to make a difference 'in the real world' rather than fantastical ones. crazy!

My first production was completely in Te Reo Maori. It was for Taki Rua, and I designed and made everything from scratch / recycled materials - Puppets, Sets, Costumes, Props. It travelled schools throughout the country.

I was a rebel at Uni and would go off to the other uni I wasn't actually a student at - Victoria- just so I could be involved in something useful with a bunch of my peers - This was the Environmental group, Gecko.
I learnt a huge amount about collaboration and empowerment through that. political change, social processes, collective action. Much volunteering ensued!

I have worked for Enviroschools and Te Mauri Tau as an illustrator/writer/ facilitator / Youth mentor. I have trained in the Art Of Hosting and have worked as a Facilitator for groups such as the Department of Conservation, The Wellington Community Gardens Network (which I used to coordinate briefly) and more. A lot of these connections came about because of ReGeneration. A network I co-created with a bunch of peers, primarily about Empowering youth who feel like outsiders because they give a shit. (the kind of thing we wished we'd had when we were at school!)
I've also worked at the Sustainability Trust as a 'Community Projects Coordinator' Running workshops on a heap of things such as Matariki and Gardening. I also set up and coordinated the Wellington Curtain Bank in its first year. Okay, enough backstory!

For the last few years I have been heavily involved with Enspiral, supporting social entrepreneurs to be well...social! I have looked after many of the Retreats and Social events we've had thus far, and for the past year I have managed our coworking space here in Wellington.

I am primarily a tactile, real-world person. Experience Design is my training from a theatrical as well as 'real world' perspective. Lots of supporting groups to support themselves, and enjoy the process.

I was at the first Loomio Retreat and was here to greet the Loomio crew as a member of Enspiral at the beginning. It's been amazing witnessing this thing grow and it's a valuable tool I appreciate immensely. The people involved are super brilliant, humble humans also.


Rebeka Whale Wed 25 Sep 2013 9:33AM

Woops. I out-lengthed Ben! sorry about that.


Brett Lockspeiser Wed 25 Sep 2013 3:46PM

Hi Loomions! I'm Brett. I'm a web developer in San Francisco. I'm part of of the Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative and we love loomio. http://blog.loomio.org/2013/09/23/write-cultural-fit/


Alanna Irving Wed 25 Sep 2013 10:24PM

@maxnoble there are lots of makers here. @richarddbartlett sure is, and @richardfortune too!


Alanna Irving Wed 25 Sep 2013 10:26PM

Let's welcome @jennymc !

"Hello! My name is Jen McArthur and I am a physical theatre performer and maker based in Wellington. I am part of a newly established community of independent performance practitioners in Wellington called the Big Live Arts Group. We have a page on Loomio and it is making our communication and decision making so efficient and fun.
I am really interested in feeding back and supporting this amazing tool in any way I am able. Its gonna change the world!"


Alanna Irving Wed 25 Sep 2013 10:30PM

Some more community members to welcome!

@christopherrhalber says: Love Loomio would love to contribute.

@matthewnholt says:
I run a bitcoin mining Co-op and we use this service but need more feature like being able to hold motions based on shares held.

@daboczymihaly would you introduce yourself?


Benjamin Knight Wed 25 Sep 2013 10:42PM

Great to see you in here @brettlockspeiser! Make yourself at home :)


Alanna Irving Thu 26 Sep 2013 11:31PM

Welcome to our newest members! @joelbaxendale and @traceyambrose


Benjamin Knight Fri 27 Sep 2013 10:04PM

Welcome aboard @cheryldoig! Really nice to get your introduction:

"I work as a leadership futurist, exploring trends and making sense of them for today. Collaboration, open government, and community engagement are clear signals for today…and then I found loomio. I got excited and wondered how I might use it to encourage voices to be heard.

At present I am working with a few school clusters in the Christchurch renewal and see some great possibilities so would love to talk with others about possibilities."


Dabóczy Mihály Sat 28 Sep 2013 11:04AM

Hey! I'm a computer engineering student at Budapest, Hungary and the member of an activist group, called Student Network, in Hungarian: Hallgatói Hálózat (you can read about it in English here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Student-Network-Hungary/336769799770184 and if you wanna contact us write an email to szervezodj@gmail.com) We use Loomio as a decision making tool. If you have any question, please feel free to ask.


Alanna Irving Mon 30 Sep 2013 3:51AM

Welcome @nandortanczos!

Introduction: "I’m a RasTafari social ecologist active in a number of areas of social and political transformation. I have been using Loomio with a couple of groups and find it a really useful tool. I look forward to being part of it as it grows."


Hayden Glass Fri 4 Oct 2013 7:35PM

Hi folks,

Holy. You guys are really interesting!

I am a consulting economist, working mostly on issues in telecommunications and technology. I am particularly interested in whether New Zealand can take advantage of the internet to improve its economic prospects, and whether use of the internet can really overcome some of challenges we face from being geographically so far away from the rest of the world.

Check out http://themoxiesessions.co.nz for records of the Auckland discussion group I run that talks about this stuff.

I reckon Loomio is a super-interesting example of things the internet can change (i.e., decision-making processes).

Love your work.



Richard D. Bartlett Tue 8 Oct 2013 11:06AM

Welcome @goob, who's been using Loomio almost since day one, coming from the Diaspora community. Great to have you in the Loomio Community group @goob, make yourself at home and feel free to introduce yourself here ^_^


goob Tue 8 Oct 2013 3:07PM

HI, thanks @richarddbartlett for the welcome.

Hi, everyone, I'm part of the Diaspora community, and we've been using Loomio to help our decision-making since it started! It's a great tool, and we've found it's been a real help in organising ourselves in a democratic and open way.


Alanna Irving Tue 8 Oct 2013 10:19PM

Welcome @joelcosgrove and @micheldestree ! Can you introduce yourself to the group?


Alanna Irving Tue 8 Oct 2013 10:41PM

Welcome @hemondey !

"I’m quite new to Loomio.We are using this platform for our eco village in New Zealand, called Atamai Village. I’m keen to help make Loomio a great platform for consensus decision processes."


Ricardo Araújo Wed 9 Oct 2013 4:01PM

Hi, i'm from Portugal and i'm 30 years old. Currently i'm developing processes and metodologies to a project of creating a political party rulled by participatory democracy.


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 10 Oct 2013 12:48AM

Welcome to our good friend @kenallen! Feel free to introduce yourself to the Loomio Community in this thread Ken :)


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 10 Oct 2013 7:01AM

And hello to @jacobkeareymorelan! Feel free to introduce yourself here ^_^


Joel Cosgrove Thu 10 Oct 2013 3:41PM

Thanks @alannakrause. :)

Kia Ora all. Joel here. Like a few other people here I was involved in the Occupy movement and was involved in some of the dicussions that led up to Loomio coming into existance.
I use Loomio for a number of projects, 19 Tory St (a collective community space in Wellington), Fightback (a socialist group) and a newly formed Wellington Music Collective* (waiting on a new name).
While I have little technical ability, I can talk a good rant.


Alanna Irving Thu 10 Oct 2013 8:56PM

Welcome @neophytoskolokotro !

"I am a Social Science student with a real interest in how communities, especially free and open source ones, are structured and managed, and how their members interact with each other and outside. This would be a great opportunity to to learn more regarding this, and probably discuss with people with similar interests.

I have been a long time contributor to the Chakra Project, which provides Chakra, a KDE focused, Linux based distribution, and was the one that suggested using Loomio to improve the discussion and decision making processes.

I think I can contribute with new ideas and provide useful feedback to help Loomio improve."


Jacob Kearey-Moreland Fri 11 Oct 2013 3:49AM

Seedy Greetings,

Loomio, I love you. I am a community garden cultivator, guerrilla gardening extremist, feedom lover, seed librarian, writer, musician, ukular scientist and farmer. I live on a farm near Orillia, Ontario, Canada (just north of Toronto where I visit frequently).

I heard about loomio through my Occupy connections - I am an occupy gardener and am crazy about gardening puns. I am on a quest to grow community gardens everywhere and free food for all.

Now I am working on propagating seed libraries in my region, in partnership with public libraries, schools, community centres to revitalize local food systems. Sharing seeds, and teaching people how to grow and save seeds.

I advocate for a resource based economy, (i.e. a sharing economy) in my actions and words. I operate an open source farm called the Wikifarm, all food and seeds grown are freely shared. I studied at the University of Toronto, where I specialized in Social Network Analysis, contemporary social movements, sociology, philosophy and urban agriculture.

I have seen many online communities that have tried to do what loomio is doing. None have turned me on like loomio and I am excited to help it grow.

I want to use loomio to meet and organize with fellow gardeners on local and global initiatives to grow Free Food For All. In the meantime I will try to encourage our Toronto Seed Library collective to give Loomio a try for organizing and decision making.

If anyone is in Toronto or area, give me a shout and we will go for an edible tour of the city.

I've also started a group to continue plotting our World Peas Project - i encourage fellow gardeners to join and share their ideas for how to cultivate a global food revolution necessary to resolve the global economic, political, climate, ecological, social, cultural and existential crisis that faces us this century. Food is security. Food is life and food is love!

Peas in SOILidarity!


Alanna Irving Mon 14 Oct 2013 7:30PM

Welcome @izidroqueiroz !

"Hi. I’m from Brazil and I would like to help Brazilian movements to use Loomio. I will help translating Loomio to Portuguese."

I added you to to Translation group. You can change your language in Loomio by clicking the menu in the bottom left corner :)


Alanna Irving Tue 15 Oct 2013 9:16PM

Welcome @clementlesaege !

Also @craiglambie !
"I wear many hats. Today I am starting a political organisation that will beat the 2 party cartel in Australia by engaging with the community and involving them in aspects of decision making not currently available to them."


Clément Lesaege Tue 15 Oct 2013 9:25PM

Hi @alannakrause , I'm also a political activist of French Pirate Party. I'm searching for a way to consult citizens of my town in order to construct a program for municipals elections. I wanted to test Loomio functionalities but there is a little problem. We have to approve people to join the group and it is compatible with mass consultation. Perhaps I should try to modify a the code a bit in order to change that. I don't really need a voting platform, but more a platform to elaborate and discuss proposals.


Alanna Irving Tue 15 Oct 2013 9:54PM

Hi @clementlesaege - thanks for joining us! Loomio is meant to be designed not as a voting platform, but as a discussion platform for proposals, as you mentioned. I will add you to the Feature Ideas group and you can post there about your idea! Maybe others need the same thing.


Clément Lesaege Tue 15 Oct 2013 10:06PM

Thanks @alannakrause, I’ve opened a post on this group.


Alanna Irving Sun 20 Oct 2013 9:51AM

Welcome @caelanmacintyre!
"Hi Loomio community…
I share many, if not all, of the values of the folks of both Loomio, as well as its groups. I think we are long overdue for a world where the egalitarianism and non-hierarchy of the band/tribe shines. A global band/tribe.
I come from the Permaculture and Transition movements.and would be honoured to be a member of Loomio. "


Alanna Irving Sun 20 Oct 2013 9:52AM

Hello @stefaang! Seems like you have some ideas for Loomio features... head over to the feature ideas group and share them :)


Alanna Irving Wed 23 Oct 2013 9:17AM

Let's all welcome @justin1 !

"Hi, I’m involved with a bunch of community groups and I’m setting up a Food Hub in Central Vic, Australia. Keen to learn a bit more about how to make the most of loomio, throw in some comments on my experience and meet a few collaborative thinkers along the way :)"


Richard D. Bartlett Tue 29 Oct 2013 5:21AM

Welcome @tathrastreet!

"I’m a change agent and facilitator who sees the value in this tool for group decision making. SO exciting. I’m in Melbourne Australia, I had the pleasure of meeting @benjaminknightloom when he and @vivienmaidabornloo were here at the Collaboratory, which is where l learned about Loomio. I am a facilitator and a coach. I am keen to try this out and see how I can use it in my work and life. Thanks!"


Tathra Street Wed 30 Oct 2013 5:13AM

Thanks @richarddbartlett Glad to be here! And shout out to @glenlauder, one of the most inspiring humans I've met.


Alanna Irving Sat 2 Nov 2013 10:02PM

Welcome to our newest members @luboshhanuska and @juanarrieta !


Ivan Joaquim Tue 5 Nov 2013 6:51PM

Hi i'm Ivan, i'm 24 years old, and i live in Brazil, working as web developer in Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
I've met loomio in a job task, because we have intentions to use it on here.
Initially i'll try to help in portuguese BR translation, and later contribute with some code.
I'm very happy to see how this community is working on loomio.
Congratulations for all involved on.


Alanna Irving Wed 6 Nov 2013 10:05PM

Welcome @mattmcgregor from Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ!


Alanna Irving Fri 8 Nov 2013 10:03PM

Welcome @ivorstodolsky !!


Ivor Stodolsky, Curator and Writer, Berlin/Helsinki.

Co-founder of Perpetuum Mobile

PM’s recent projects include Re-Aligned, Perpetuum Labs, The Arts Assembly and the Perpetual Pavilion.

Recent publications include “A Multilectic Anatomy of Stiob’ and Poshlost’”, Laboratorium vol. 3, 2011. See also http://www.re-aligned.net/category/discourse

I’ve long been interested in social p2p ideas, for example in The Arts Assembly project

We currently are using Loomio or something called PERPETUUM LABS - Curating the Social.


PauKokura Sun 17 Nov 2013 9:26PM

Hi everyone.
I'm @zombilechuck (same one in n-1.cc and twitter)

Recently joined the catalan translation group and completed some lines: https://www.loomio.org/discussions/9188

Mainly interested in... let me see...
- Food sovereignty. Local projects.
- Techie tools. Obsessed in usability.
- Opens-Source, Creative Commons, Fork everything.
- Libre auto-organized press and media.
- Self-managed groups and cooperatives.
- Pre & Post-Capitalism artisanry/crafts.
- Languages (latu senso, specially minorized ones).

Huh, ok, that's more or less me.


Richard D. Bartlett Sun 17 Nov 2013 9:28PM

@zombilechuck welcome! You have come to the right place!


Oliver Minter Tue 19 Nov 2013 2:30AM

Hi my name is Oliver Minter, I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I am working for Senator Online in a volunteer role.

"Senator Online" or "SOL" is Australia's first and only Direct Democracy Political Party. We allow YOU the voters to vote on ANY parliamentary bill that you wish to. (BUT we havent got a Senator elected yet and hope to be elected in 2016 into the Senate.)

Our Loomio group is here:


At the moment we are mainly using loomio just to try and self organise as a party - BUT we have recently started a sub-group entitled CURRENT BILLS BEFORE THE SENATE that we are using as a DEMO to learn the neccessary rules and processes that we will need to create in our own software. (In that group we just list the current bils before the Senate together with the Pros & Cons of each bill and vote on them.) Our entire party system works by having say one SOL Senator elected to the Senate and that Senator is bound by our Party Constitution that states that they must vote on the Bill before parliament ONLY in accordance with what YOU the public decide. The public will vote through our own propriatry software app (still in development) for both PC and SMARTPHONE. To find out more about us - it is best to first visit our website HERE:


Thankyou to LOOMIO for approving us in the first place!

PS. We MAY start inviting the loomio public to try our demo - but I have to first wait until we have full agreement within the party first - so stay tuned for us on Loomio!


Alanna Irving Tue 19 Nov 2013 2:44AM

Welcome @olivermintersolvol ! It's really fascinating to see how your group is actively using Loomio. Would be keen to hear your ongoing feedback :)


Oliver Minter Wed 20 Nov 2013 1:43AM

Hey anyone - where is the Loomio HELP forum or subgroup?? coz we are getting notifications within our own group (SOL) say to remind us that a proposal is closing in 24hrs - and it is sent at say 2.30am in the morning - how can i get this to arrive at peoples email inboxes at a more reasonable time? (my email beeps to me on my smartphone @2.30am )..


Alanna Irving Wed 20 Nov 2013 2:08AM

Hi @olivermintersolvol - good question! Maybe someone from the product team can answer? @robertguthrie @johnirving @richarddbartlett


Rob Guthrie Wed 20 Nov 2013 3:04AM

Hi Oliver. Seeing as the proposal closing soon warning is sent 24 hours before close.. it would be best to set your proposal close time during waking hours :) Anything else would get complex really fast.. Hope that helps.


Alanna Irving Wed 20 Nov 2013 3:24AM

Hahah good point @robertguthrie ! I should have thought of that [smacks forehead].


mix irving Wed 20 Nov 2013 9:09AM

@olivermintersolvol if you could confirm that the close time on those proposals were at 2.30am in the morning that would be great. If it wasn't then there may be a bug in the code


Alina Siegfried Thu 21 Nov 2013 7:47AM

Hi everyone! I'm @alijacs and am the new communications wrangler at Loomio! I'm Wellington-based and love this city almost as much as I love cheese.

I'm a slam poet on a mission to save the world through creative persuasion, and have a fascination with storytelling for positive change. I'm also hugely passionate about freshwater rights, it's my number one issue on a long list of things to be engaged in.

I'm super excited to be joining such a team of wonderful human beings, and looking forward to getting to know members of the Loomio community.


Oliver Minter Thu 21 Nov 2013 10:33PM

the closing times have been like for example 6pm or 2pm ...i have NOT been setting closing times for 2.30 am... it must have been a bug in the code...


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 21 Nov 2013 11:30PM

There could be a bug with the way your timezone is set. @olivermintersolvol next time you create a proposal, check to make sure the timezone is set correctly.


Oliver Minter Fri 22 Nov 2013 12:20AM

that will be the problem - i hade them set for say brisbane or sydney and i'm in melbourne - i didnt think iit would matter aat the time... thnks heaps..


Oliver Minter Fri 22 Nov 2013 12:31AM

except now when i go to change the closing date from say 6pm sydney time to 6pm melbourne time (maybe there is no time difference anyway) - it doesnt save properly.. i dont know whats going on now.. oh well its a fairly minor problem - i just make sure i turn my phones internet off while its in my bed...


Alanna Irving Fri 22 Nov 2013 12:54AM

Welcome @marcossiqueira!

"I tried to build a collective decision making platform called moveocracy and have learned a bit about what doesnt work. (and a bit about what may work). Would love to be part of the loomio community as I have moved on to other projects (financial reasons). I can do some web development/ux design and also am pretty good with fundraising, but mostly will join as a beta tester for now."

Looking forward to having your experience and feedback in the mix Marcos :)


Alanna Irving Fri 22 Nov 2013 12:55AM

@olivermintersolvol @richarddbartlett could you please move this conversation out of the introductions thread? Thanks!


Oliver Minter Fri 22 Nov 2013 1:21AM

dont know how to "move" it - can i just delete it all?


Oliver Minter Fri 22 Nov 2013 1:31AM

where is the HELP forum?!


Alanna Irving Fri 22 Nov 2013 2:21AM

Here! We haven't started using it yet but I guess it's time!


Alanna Irving Fri 22 Nov 2013 2:25AM

Don't worry about deleting or moving it now @olivermintersolvol :) Just if you want to continue the conversation maybe start a new topic.


PauKokura Fri 22 Nov 2013 11:54PM

Hi again. I'm starting a new thing that I want to share with you all. It's a group we called "cct" (cooperativa de consum tecnològic).

It's based on how food cooperatives work, but instead of "responsible food" we look for "responsible web resources" (not "responsive", ethical. (wordpress, bootstrap, duckduckgo...) and to fight internet monopolies, to share our knowledge, and get some services like hosting that will be more affordable collectively.

The idea is to keep it small and local. Small and lovable non-profit projects that dont have a web, deserve one (like our real food coop) but cannot pay. So, any solution (like a wordpress.com at a start) without too much work its a big thing. Techies and non-techies together!

My idea is to use loomio very hard, not only for internal decisions, but also as a way to evaluate the resources etc. We'll see how it goes.

You can visit it here (in catalan) http://cct.laparabolica.com/
Or try google translate or better,


PauKokura Fri 22 Nov 2013 11:59PM


Alanna Irving Sun 24 Nov 2013 9:37PM

Welcome @brennannovak ! Brennan, you mentioned you've worked on collaboration/decision-making software before. Would you like to share any of your learnings or experience with us? Would be interested to hear!


Brennan Novak Mon 25 Nov 2013 2:52AM

Hey @alannakrause thanks for the welcome! Yah the software I was thinking of was very similar to this- I designed a bunch of interfaces https://brennannovak.com/ideas/collaborative-decision-making but never got around to coding it up!

Really excited this project exists. As I use Loomio more I'll see if there are any feature ideas missing from what I was dreaming up :)


Alanna Irving Thu 28 Nov 2013 9:16PM

Welcome @johngraham from Napier NZ! He's here through connections to Theory U, chalkle, and Enspiral.


John Graham Fri 29 Nov 2013 1:01AM

Thanks @alanna for the welcome.

I've just found loomio today, and the whole enspiral thing. Amazing.

Hey I reckon we could do all this in Napier, and I probably know enough people in Whanganui to help do it there too. As in, create hubs of all this activity that's happening in Wellington, but local versions. I wonder what the next step would be?


Matthew Bartlett Fri 29 Nov 2013 1:40AM

hi @johngraham — one little step would be for you to come along to 'Enspiral Connect', 12 Dec in Wellington: https://www.facebook.com/events/438593119580185/?fref=ts


John Graham Fri 29 Nov 2013 2:24AM

Hi @matthewbartlett , and thanks - yes, little steps are good. Getting to Wellington for that, is too big-fast just now - I'll keep wondering on what could be the next, smallest-slowest step for those who can't make it (and who stay offline as much as possible). Cheers.


Richard D. Bartlett Fri 29 Nov 2013 2:46AM

Great designs @brennannovak! Thanks for the hat tip on your site too. It will be great to hear your ideas as you get more familiar with the tool.


Alanna Irving Tue 3 Dec 2013 10:19PM

Welcome @danielnickless our newest member! Dan do you want to tell us about yourself?

Dan asked about seeing some public groups using Loomio to make decisions. Check out the recently launched Groups Page!


Alanna Irving Thu 12 Dec 2013 9:19PM

Welcome @rorytb !!

"I’m an International Development student and I’ve been working for about 4 years now on the theoretical side of how various forms of democracy work, I am a strong believer and advocate of the participant model and I believe the infrastructure created by Loomio overcomes it’s one weakness (organisational inefficiency). I would love to be a part of this community so I can one day tell my grandkids, ‘I was there when it all began..’"


Richard D. Bartlett Sun 15 Dec 2013 9:41PM

Welcome to new members @audreyportela @dariooliv and @moxybeirut! If you want to introduce yourself to the community, this is where to do it :)


Alanna Irving Mon 16 Dec 2013 4:45AM

Welcome @davidlatiakkulesza !

"I’m a young union member in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 353 Toronto. I’ll be teaching my first class in mobile computing starting this February, the first time an apprentice has EVER taught. I just found Loomio and it seems very interesting, looking forward to exploring Loomio and how we can make use of it in the NextGen committee (to reach out to under 35 membership) to stay in touch and coordinate between meetings."

I'm keen to hear more about how Loomio could be used with Unions :)


Dario Oliv Mon 16 Dec 2013 8:57AM

hi, thanks @richarddbartlett
i'm dario from paris, france. i'm a political activist and i work with the italian grassroots movement 5 stars movement
we're very interested in collaboration, horizontal movements and democracy, so we're interested in loomio too. here to help improving :)


Matthew Bartlett Mon 16 Dec 2013 9:03AM

@davidlatiakkulesza One of my dreams for Loomio is that it help revitalise the union movement. I'd love to hear how you get on!


Richard D. Bartlett Mon 23 Dec 2013 7:12PM

Welcome @paulclutterbuck from GenZero! If you like, you can introduce yourself to the community here :)

If you want to discuss specific features, join us in the Feature Ideas group.


Alanna Irving Tue 24 Dec 2013 10:07PM

Welcome @davidschofield !

"I live in Manchester, UK and am one of the founding members of The Local Veg Box. Our group is also working toward setting up a housing cooperative and is concerned with all aspects of sustainable living to the end of eventually setting up an intentional community. I want to get stuck into collaboration with other proactive people around the world."


Paul Clutterbuck Thu 26 Dec 2013 10:06AM

Thanks for the welcome, @richarddbartlett. As you said, I'm with Generation Zero, which has been using Loomio since 2011. This is one of the few times since I joined Loomio earlier this year that I've accessed the site from a full-sized screen. I'm keen to see the site made more mobile-friendly.

In addition to my work with GenZero, I may also be interested in using Loomio for discussion among my new company's Board of Directors. It's a great platform that's greatly needed.


Richard D. Bartlett Wed 1 Jan 2014 10:32PM

Welcome to @chrissiebutler, who has written one of the most exciting introductions I've read on here :)

"Hi. I’m Chrissie Butler. Wellington-based. One half of the mr sterile Assembly. I’ve been kicking around the edges of Loomio for a while and am wondering how I can weave it more tightly with other work/projects and also I how I can be more useful.

I work in education with a focus on diversity/equity/accessibility. At the moment I’m content writing for the Ministry of Ed’s new inclusive practices website. I also teach about Universal Design in an education context and web accessibility/usability. I’m wondering if any of this bag of skills might be useful to Loomio. Let me know.

Also Kieran and I want to see if we can weave Loomio into the way we work with the mr sterile Assembly. We’re interested in how we can use Loomio in collaborative democratic song writing. At the moment we are just gonna test the water re. functionality and then we’ll pilot a project."

Chrissie I'd love to catch up with you and Kieran! I'm sure @benjaminknightloom would be keen to get in on that conversation too.


Alanna Irving Thu 2 Jan 2014 8:08PM

Welcome @robnevin !

"Managing the mind of the crowd has been an earthly problem since Adam and Eve. Loomio has emerged to change this. My name is Rob Nevin, I live in Canada and through my company U-R-Able support persons globally who achieve success in the workplace despite blindness. I have been very encouraged by the commitment of Loomio to develop products that are ready-for-use by persons using screen reading technologies - not just because of global standards and recommendations for compliance - but because it’s the right thing to do. Very consistent with the mission of Loomio - driving right decisions."

Loomio is really excited about making the tool accessible to all. We're so glad to have your support.


Chrissie Butler Fri 3 Jan 2014 10:09AM

Thanks for the welcome @richarddbartlett. Yep Kieran and I really happy to catch up with you and @benjaminknightloom.


Richard D. Bartlett Sun 12 Jan 2014 7:55PM

Welcome to @steveray from Group Work Institute:

"Hi there… My name is Steve Ray… I actually work in the field of Collaborative Decision Making and am interested in this debate… In particular the opening assumption of how collaboration requires shared values… I think this is where the real skill of Consensus or Collaboration comes in and where facilitation is essential. I think we have to work across difference and find ways forward together in our difference.. and there are ways that we can do that."

Great to have you in the room Steve! It will be wonderful to have your expertise in the conversation :)


Benjamin Knight Tue 14 Jan 2014 8:13PM

Hi @chrissiebutler, wonderful to see you in here! I'd love to have a decent catch up with you and Kieran. I'll email you to arrange something! :)


PauKokura Mon 20 Jan 2014 11:21AM

Hi all! Good and bad news... I'm getting fired!
(Are there still young spaniards with a job?)

Well... this indeed mean good news for me, as I was thinking in a radical lifestyle change, and the job was the last shackle to this city and/or country... So I'm fostering new professional projects (graphic, web design, apps, CM, as usual, BUT ALSO rattan craftery, eco-furniture ...), and probably use loomio with my team and clients. Also, looking for a PLACE TO LIVE from zero... Any ideas?


Chelsea Robinson Mon 20 Jan 2014 7:34PM

Welcome to @constitutionuk ! introduce yourself and let the community know what you're about :)


Alanna Irving Mon 20 Jan 2014 9:01PM

@zombilechuck come to new zealand!!


Chelsea Robinson Sun 26 Jan 2014 8:19PM

Welcome to @timman

"Hi! I’m Tim, originally from Wellington and living in London now. I saw Loomio from a link someone posted and thought it was a far more mature construction of what I had envisaged as a personal project just before I moved over here.

Now I’m trying to get really good at anything web tech, doing an internship currently at a London startup who specialise in geolocation and have a primary product in vertical property search. We code in Perl mainly, with a growing emphasis on JS for frontend.

I want to see how I can contribute and be a part of this amazing project you guys are building! Mostly because the outputs of our generation is something that affects us all!

Best regards,


Chelsea Robinson Sun 26 Jan 2014 8:20PM

Welcome to @chriswilson1

"A member of Cambridge K1 group."

We'd love you to introduce yourself and share with us why you're part of the Loomio Community when you get set up :)


PauKokura Mon 27 Jan 2014 7:02PM

@alanna <3
@matthewbartlett @alijacs @richarddbartlett @malcolmshearer... <3 too.


AlexSBayley Tue 28 Jan 2014 3:23AM

Hi, I'm Alex aka @Skud on most social networks. I've had Loomio on my radar for a while but just recently had a reason to want to use it to discuss forming a community network. I'm loving it so far and looking forward to seeing how it progresses!


Alina Siegfried Tue 28 Jan 2014 3:23AM

Welcome to @skud

"Interested in talking about how to use Loomio and shaping its future direction."

Hi Skud! We'd love to talk to you about how to get the most out of Loomio and hear your thoughts! Drop us a line at contact (at) loomio.org


Chelsea Robinson Sun 2 Feb 2014 9:52PM

Welcome @juanluiscosta !
"Abogado, interesado en participación digital y herramientas de comunicación via internet."

@simontegg y @noelia son nuestros hispanohablantes. Tambien, hay un grupo aqui -


Chelsea Robinson Sun 2 Feb 2014 11:01PM

Hey @viktorzaunders This is Viktor, a loomio enthusiast from Sweden. I have just recently started using loomio for a few different projects around local food development. I love the project and would love to contribute, I think a traslation into Swedish would be something I could look into!



Fernando Nunes Tue 4 Feb 2014 4:06AM

I'm a member of Pirate Party of Brazil, and an enthusiast of Direct and Digital Democracy.

What I most like here is the simplicity of the platform, which make decisions easier to take, even if the member of a group does not have specific knowledge about codes and programs.


Danyl Strype Tue 4 Feb 2014 10:57AM

I'm Danyl Strype, I'm a rainbow warrior and a cage rattler on a number of fronts from the Global Justice Movement and Indymedia, to GNU/Linux and CreativeCommons advocate, to Occupy Aotearoa, and many collective and co-operative projects before, during, and since. Been a keen Loomio tester since the very early days (before the Loomio group was using Loomio ;) I'm currently a member of the Permaculture in NZ Council, and Orientation Officer for the NZ Pirate Party. I blog at www.disintermedia.net.nz.

I've been thrilled to watch Loomio grow from a modest Aotearoa start-up to a globally networked free code community. I'm really looking forward to see what new features and improvements are rolled out over the next few months, although I'm planning a one year net fast (and writing a book about it, working title 'Email Ate My Life'), starting soon, and maybe more work on shelved sci-fi writing project.


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 6 Feb 2014 11:50PM

Welcome @stewart!

Here's how Stewart introduced himself to us:

"We are looking at using Loomio as a tool in the decision making process for our group of homeschool families. We currently use the Formal Consensus Process which we perceive as having limitations in effectiveness because of, amongst other things, our geographical spread. I’m very interested in seeing how Loomio can be adapted to assist our process."

Feel free to start a new discussion in this community if you want to talk about how online decision-making could augment your in-person process :)


Alina Siegfried Tue 11 Feb 2014 3:23AM

Welcome @yeltsinlima

"I’m a member of Partido Pirata do Brasil and I’ll like to help with Loomio Community."

Great to see you in this community, feel free to introduce yourself and let us know what your areas of interest are :)


Yeltsin Lima Tue 11 Feb 2014 4:52AM

Hi @alijacs,

My name is Yeltsin Lima and I'm member of the Partido Pirata do Brasil, as I said before.

I loved how Loomio works and I'll start to use this platform not only to the party-stuff, but also some others things that I found useful.

Thanks for the approval :)


Chelsea Robinson Tue 11 Feb 2014 8:29PM

Welcome @amatiasquezada ! Would you like to introduce yourself to everyone?


Chelsea Robinson Wed 19 Feb 2014 3:13AM

Hi @sarahnorton Welcome to the Loomio Community. Take a look around the sub groups and find the information you're looking for. If you need help or want to ask a question just yell out for help, or start a discussion on a topic you want to engage people with.
Here's how Sarah introduced herself:
"I’m a facilitator venturing into the online field, and also interested in supporting Loomio’s work alongside my colleague Steve Ray who has been communication already with Loomio about a possible partnership - so i thought i really should get involved and see what its all about in action rather than theory.
thanks, Sarah"


Chelsea Robinson Fri 21 Feb 2014 8:55PM

Hi @shwetaagrawal
Thanks for joining us on loomio! Please check out the full extent of the Loomio Community group as there's lots to discover. Here is how Shweta introduced themselves -

"I am a professional programmer with 2 years of work experience, one year at Yahoo! and one year at Wingify. Right now I am pursuing my masters in management from IIM Calcutta. I got to know about loomio from Hacker News and really liked the product concept."

Thanks! Let us know what you're interested in if you want?


Richard D. Bartlett Tue 25 Feb 2014 9:54AM

Welcome to my friend @marykeoor from the Netherlands!

"As a founding president of the Cooperative ArboRegionaal B.A. I see that our members (all entrepeneurs, without central office) depend on digital tools like loomio. Loomio has proven its efficiency and power on distance. Loomio is, for us, a fundamental way of organizing.

Since the tool is properly implemented we face some ‘luxery’ problems, to improve loomio. I love to hear you idea’s."

Welcome Maryke!


Maryke Oor Tue 25 Feb 2014 10:22AM

Thank you all for the warm welcom, (eventhough it is cold in the Nederlands...)
Our Cooperative is facing a pratical issue for improval (voting on behalf...). I like to share the case below with pleasure.

A member is going on skiholiday and needs to vote. He doesn't remember his pasword and can't find proper internet in the mountains.
He sends a SMS tekst to me by agreeing on the decision.

In this case I am going to mention the vote in the discussion comments and afterwards it wil be mentioned again in the (recalculated) results. I find this energie consuming.

I guess that there is better design solution for:
Vote on behalf of someone else in a secure way (without knowing the pasword)

I am really interested in your opinion/experiences/solutions in this case. I wish you all a pleasant day.
Regards, Maryke


Matthew Bartlett Tue 25 Feb 2014 8:05PM

hi @marykeoor — one thing our upcoming crowdfunding campaign will fund is the development of an SMS interface to Loomio — so your skiing member will be able to text his vote directly to Loomio. Do you think that would solve the issue?


Maryke Oor Tue 25 Feb 2014 9:00PM

Hi Matthew, wauw it is really great to read about new development plans. In this case it solves (based on a temporary solution) the issue yes. I realize that many people use "what's app" or "Telegram" instead of (payed) SMS. Maybe it doesn't make a difference during the development.

However do you think this is the most adequate solution?
Maybe a bridge to far but if the software is accesible with an app(lication) on the mobile phone the impact/potention is much bigger.
Of course it is your decision and I respect the outcome. The idea of improving is already great. If I can help you to think along I am available with pleasure.
Have a nice day, my day has about ended.


Matthew Bartlett Wed 26 Feb 2014 12:15AM

Thanks @marykeoor — it'll be interesting to investigate integrating Whatsapp etc as well as SMS. I should have mentioned that the crowdfunding campaign will also let us build a beautiful mobile version :) (p.s. greetings from this grandchild of Dutch immigrants!)


Miguel Prados Rodriguez Wed 26 Feb 2014 7:25PM

Hi, Miguel here, I am from Granada Spain, 43 years old. I discover Loomio.org because I am constantly searching for tools for open government and I love horizontal workgroups and therefore cooperatives. I have promoted Loomio among the Econnomy for the Common Good in Spain and I will try to use it to built up a "kind of" volunteer parliament now I am promoting an open source tool for "open list" elections for organizations. We also participate in www.ahoratudecides.es an online survey for government issues (including participatory democracy), we have a user base of 43.000 volunteers, loads of work with no monetary return, but we love it.


Chelsea Robinson Sat 1 Mar 2014 3:31AM

@beaumurrah Hey Beau! Welcome to Loomio. This is how Beau introduced himself:
"I am a Dunedin based law graduate interested in Privacy advocacy and involved in various degrees with Generation Zero."


Chelsea Robinson Wed 5 Mar 2014 10:13PM

Welcome @davidg!
This is the space we invite people to introduce themselves to the whole community :) Feel free to say hello!
This is how David introduced himself -
"As a progressive activist in the Southern United States, I’m part of a working group out of our local peace & justice center that is trying to work out strategies for local movement building. Our group just discovered Loomio and is just beginning to explore its potential usefulness for us. In that context, I’d like to join the Loomio Community group to meet other folks using this tool, to learn more about its potential, and to give feedback on our group’s experience here."


Rob Guthrie Thu 6 Mar 2014 6:52PM

Welcome @george2! Please feel free to introduce yourself here. Thanks for joining.


Chelsea Robinson Tue 11 Mar 2014 1:12AM

Welcome to @dean ! Thanks for joining
Dean, this is a space in the loomio community where we invite people to introduce themselves - why are you here, what would you like to learn, or discuss? What do you work on? Thanks!


[deactivated account] Tue 11 Mar 2014 1:20AM

Hello, I'm Dean.

I'm about to finish my PhD in molecular biology and virology... but I also have a huge passion for social justice and am involved pretty heavily in a grassroots democratic party.

I have been following the Loomio project for a while and was very excited by it's potential. Especially now that 1.0 is on the cards.

I have tried several times to get Loomio going in the community around me (with different people) but I have found engaging and adoption very difficult. I would really like to discuss and learn about how people have rolled out Loomio in their communities and what benefits they feel 1.0 will have.

Since then I have become more involved in other ways and work closely on some projects. Possibly a great place to start trying to implement Loomio again.

Essentially, it would be amazing if Loomio were a functioning part of the community I am involved in... HELP ME PLEASE!




Alanna Irving Tue 11 Mar 2014 2:49AM

Hey @dean I would love to help you! What kind of issues have you been running into with engagement and adoption?


[deactivated account] Tue 11 Mar 2014 3:46AM

Ha! @alanna, I guess mainly that I am the only person who thinks it is useful...

The average age of people in my group is probably around 50 (I'm 27). But they have great politics!

My strategy at the moment is to use it for the less-exciting administrative decisions that take a long till to mull over in person, they would be suited to Loomio and could show people how it is useful for discussion and then decision making.

At the moment everyone uses emails to submit proposals for discussion at local meetings, so they are interacting online anyway! Are there any stories of transition to Loomio? Where do I look?



Alanna Irving Tue 11 Mar 2014 3:58AM

@dean that's an awesome question! I've started a whole discussion about it.


Matthew Bartlett Tue 11 Mar 2014 3:20PM

Welcome @joaopedrotorres! João's been involved with a direct democracy project in Brazil.


João Pedro Torres Tue 11 Mar 2014 5:14PM

Thanks, Matthew!


Chelsea Robinson Wed 12 Mar 2014 10:19PM

Welcome @vernet ! This is where we get to know each other and who is in the community. Please introduce yourself and share anything you are interested in talking about!
Signing up, Vernet said -
"I want to participate in the evolution of the software!"


Chelsea Robinson Wed 12 Mar 2014 10:21PM

Hi @gold ! Welcome! please introduce yourself here and ask any questions you might want to discuss with others or let us know what you're interested in! :)

Gold signed in by saying -
"I’m a Drupal developer living in Wellington. Run the NZ Skeptics Society and New Zealand Skeptics in the Pub (8 branches so far). Have walked the South Island and rode the North Island. Plan to complete a walk of the country in the summer of 2015/16."


Vernet Thu 13 Mar 2014 10:25AM


I'm a french consultant in public policies, sustainable development and collective intelligence.

My favourite topics are : direct democracy, mind-mapping, collective decision software, etc.

I support the crowdfunding campain in hope to to install an instance of the future loomio on my professional website : www.interface-consience.com/

I enjoy to discuss with all of you.


Gold Thu 13 Mar 2014 8:29PM

Hey all,

I'm a web developer working for Catalyst IT in Wellington, New Zealand. My primary focus is Drupal development.

I also run the New Zealand Skeptics Society and the New Zealand Skeptics in the Pub network of Meetups. The Society is undergoing a website redevelopment at the moment and part of this is moving the membership database online so the members can maintain their own details. This also allows us to provide better services/features to the membership. Loomio is looking like a great tool and I can see the Society making use of it a lot.

To that end I'm hoping to be able to get integration between Loomio and any Drupal site working. Talking with one of the Developers on G+ it sounds like authentication against Facebook/G+/Persona is already working so extending that should be a manageable thing.

I'm hoping a benefit can be seen in this. I know that much of our membership won't be on any of the big social networks that have authentication like this.

I'm also looking forward to having the opportunity to finally have a reason to get my hands dirty on some Ruby. :)


Gold Thu 13 Mar 2014 8:36PM

Oh! For the record, I came across Loomio on G+ via aimee whitcroft and was initially quite interested in it. The thing that made me sit up and pay attention was the tweet mentioned that it was already being used inside the WikiMedia Foundation. That caused me to take a more detailed look at it.

I'm now sold on it, a financial contributor, and wanting to make it work with the tech that will be driving the majority of the sites I work with.


Chelsea Robinson Fri 14 Mar 2014 3:10AM

Thanks @gold and @vernet for your wonderful introductions.

Please welcome @G who has shared this introduction with us:

"Hi guys
Love to come hang out and learn more about Loomio !

Let us know why you're here and if you'd like to touch base on anything in particular!


Alanna Irving Fri 14 Mar 2014 9:43AM

Welcome @lyrecalliope !!

I’m a culture hacker natively from Atlanta, GA and currently serving from Boston, MA. I’m a volunteer for the open movement with Mozilla and Code for America as the cornerstone communities of practice I support and seek to align ecosystems with.

Glad to have you with us :)


Captain Lyre Calliope Fri 14 Mar 2014 2:06PM

@alanna Thanks for the intro! I'd heard of Loomio before but only just now decided to check it out given recent activity. I'm totally in on the vision!

I know a number of organizations and groups (unorganizations?) that have been dying for a replacement for traditional mailing lists, Google Groups, or the dreaded mail-list/GoogleGroup/integratedFrankensteinsMonster. I'd be interested in doing the legwork to find out what set of functionality would turn Loomio into a viable platform to migrate to from traditional mailing lists.

I know TeamBox (now Redbooth) had initially envisioned/marketed themselves this way, but they were more about productivity than consensus building. They also couldn't figure out how to get the open source model to work.

In any case, nice to be here with all ya'll and can't wait to see what this community can accomplish! :D


Richard D. Bartlett Fri 14 Mar 2014 8:52PM

Great to have you in here @lyrecalliope! I'd expect Loomio to be a drop-in replacement for mailing lists by the end of the year, with of course the addition of decision-making functionality. Email integration is high on our list of developments.

Would be great to get your perspective on what user experience and functionality would make sense to you :)


Alanna Irving Sat 15 Mar 2014 9:43PM

Let's welcome two new members! We're really glad to have you with us :)

@andrewkensington : "Hi, I’m from Newtown, Wellington. I’ve spent the last 14 or so years in the building trade. I spend too much time squabbling with people on Kiwiblog where I post under the pseudonym Yoza. I heard about Loomio on Kim Hill’s program on Saturday morning. The whole Occupy movement is an interesting idea and if anyone gets the chance I would suggest they read David Graeber’s, The Democracy Project: a History, a Crisis, a Movement "

@samboyer : "former NYC Occupier, software engineer, and someone who is overall COMPLETELY elated to see Loomio. i became an engineer with aspirations to build something like this :)"


Alanna Irving Sun 16 Mar 2014 7:58AM

Welcome @dominiksteinacher !!

"I am Dominik Steinacher and I am Head of Sales at Magnolia International. I am responsible for all clients and partners world-wide. Before joining Magnolia I worked as head of product development and marketing within the financial sector and IT sector, as well as in business development and sales strategy. The common thread in all of my roles is the connection between product development, relationship management, innovation and management.
I love sports - I runs, bike and play tennis. I was a pole vaulter for 14 years and I won the Swiss championship in 1996.
I am very interested in new things and therefore I want to be part of Loomio :-)"


vivien maidaborn Sun 16 Mar 2014 10:51PM

hey @dominiksteinacher Loomio is real happy to have you, the sales, and international network part of Loomio is just developing so love to 'hangout ' or skype with you if you are up for it:-)


mix irving Tue 18 Mar 2014 5:11AM

welcome @philipkorsika !
Philip works with Weta and used to be a student of mine at Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti in christchrch


Philip Korsika Tue 18 Mar 2014 5:12AM

Hey everyone,

I'm a regular average tech guy Netizen who is pretty interested in using technology for social and economic change. I can write some code, and do so for a living (as well as a few other things), and enjoy giving ui/ux feedback if wanted or not :D

Looking forward to using this and doing sweet, sweet things with it.



Philip Korsika Tue 18 Mar 2014 5:13AM

Ohey, parallel commenting with @mixirving, see that comment too :)


Alanna Irving Wed 19 Mar 2014 9:21PM

Welcome @benchatterton ! "Loomio looks like a very interesting way to make decisions as a group. I’m interested in exploring how it works." - do you want to share a bit about yourself with the group?


Ariane Cherbuliez Thu 20 Mar 2014 9:55PM

I'm Ariane, in Cambridge, MA, in the US. I learned about Loomio a few months ago at an in-person meeting of facilitators - thanks, @vivienmaidabornloo and @mjkaplan for coming (from far and not so far) to introduce it to us. I've found it really useful for a group I'm involved with that has some critical decisions to make and isn't always around each other. Much easier than tracking emails. I look forward to learning more about the transition from other communication methods to Loomio so I can make it with another group.


Alanna Irving Thu 20 Mar 2014 10:07PM

Glad to see you here @arianecherbuliez ! Check out this ongoing discussion about transitioning from other tools :)


Ben Chatterton Fri 21 Mar 2014 10:47PM

Hi, I'm Ben in Portland, Oregon, USA. I found Loomio on boingboing I think. I'm really interested in the sharing economy, alternative democracy, stuff like that. So mostly I'm here to see how it works and observe how people use it.


Alanna Irving Sat 22 Mar 2014 10:40PM

Welcome to two new members!


I have an idea to share and want to vote on other ideas. I think Loomio is a great software to facilitate direct democracy!

We're looking forward to hearing your ideas!


Hi, I’m really interested in liquid democracy and have been working in this area for about 10 years. Do you guys have any working groups in the UK yet?

Yes we have lots of contacts and collaborators in the UK like @hannahs @neilmorris among many others...


Mary Jo Kaplan Sat 22 Mar 2014 10:44PM

Hi @arianecherbuliez. Great to see you connecting with loomio's global network.


Alina Siegfried Mon 24 Mar 2014 12:50AM

Welcome @jeremygilpin

" 你好! Hello!
My name is Jeremy. I’m an American who has been living abroad in China for the past seven years. I work in education and believe there is massive potential for Loomio with regards to engaging students in decision making and helping to shape what democracy looks like in the 21st century."

Great to have you as part of our community Jeremy! Feel free to tell the group a little more about yourself :)


Alanna Irving Mon 24 Mar 2014 1:53AM

@jeremygilpin welcome! Mandarin Chinese translation is currently at 41%, and Taiwan Chinese at 24%. Are you interested in potentially helping with translation, or finding people in your networks who might be? If so speak to @mixirving :)


Alanna Irving Mon 24 Mar 2014 9:53PM

Welcome to 3 new members, @miguelsirvent @davidbest and @robnevin1 - please tell us a bit about yourself :)


David Best Tue 25 Mar 2014 2:29PM

Hi, and greetings from central Canada. My name is David, and I thank you for accepting me as a member in this vibrant community. I have taken time to read through all the introductions, and I'm impressed with the global representation and diversity of the community.

I have recently retired from a large international IT organization, where I worked as a software developer and advocate for inclusion best practices. I am very much interested in grassroots collaboration, and sustainable living, initiatives. I have always been an outdoors adventurer, enjoying the untamed nature of Canada's wilderness areas, but recently taken an interest in local gardening systems and seed development. As an entrepreneur, I provide organizations with website accessibility/usability, and Universal Design best practices, education.

I support your efforts as an advocate of the participant model and I feel the infrastructure created by Loomio, unlike other social collaborative tools, may be truly inclusive. I believe the simplicity of the Loomio platform offers great potential for inclusion of disabled people, and look forward to contributing in whatever way I can.


Alina Siegfried Tue 25 Mar 2014 7:49PM

Hi David

Great to have you in our community! Sounds like you have a greath wealth of knowledge to contribute :)

Whereabouts in central Canada are you? I'm living back in New Zealand now, but I spent three years in Saskatoon.


Alina Siegfried Tue 25 Mar 2014 7:49PM

Should have tagged you - @davidbest


David Best Tue 25 Mar 2014 8:15PM

Alina, I have never traveled to Saskatoon, but understand the winters can be quite brutal. I, fortunately, live in a more temperate climate, close to the beautiful Niagara Falls in southern Ontario (not exactly central Canada, but east of central; which is also known as the centre of the universe in some minds ). Cheers!


Alanna Irving Wed 26 Mar 2014 12:16AM

Welcome @cobi !

Hi! I’m doing a PhD in participatory governance in science and technology, and I’m backing the Loomio crowdfunding campaign :)

Tell us some more about your research! Would be keen to hear about it.


Cobi Wed 26 Mar 2014 2:17AM

Hi @alanna!

There's more detail about my research at:
and updates at:
I've just come back from being an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact - I'm passionate about ensuring everyone's voices are heard in decisionmaking, both in their local communities and in decisions impacting all of us.

I would love to be more involved with Loomio, potentially doing a postdoc experimenting with it - I'm finishing my PhD in the next few months and writing postdoc research proposals - I am really interested in Loomio as a decisionmaking tool :)


Alanna Irving Wed 26 Mar 2014 2:50AM

Welcome @stevenclift ! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?


Alanna Irving Wed 26 Mar 2014 2:51AM

That's fantastic @cobi - the main motivation for Loomio 1.0 is to make the tool truly inclusive, so all kinds of voices can all be heard. Thanks so much for your support!


Alanna Irving Wed 26 Mar 2014 9:59PM

Welcome to some new members!


Founder of Being Sustainable Project and several other things. Application developer, web analyst and system administrator. Particularly interested in startups, open source and scalable technologies. Life in perpetual Beta


I’m Donna from The Netherlands and just read a Shareable blog about Loomio. It sounds great and it got me curious… and this seems the right group to start with :)
Good luck with the project!


Alanna Irving Thu 27 Mar 2014 8:58AM

Welcome @katechapman1 !

Hi! I’m Kate Chapman and I’m involved in a couple communities using Loomio. I’m also a programmer and might be interested in hacking a bit on Loomio itself at some point.


[deactivated account] Thu 27 Mar 2014 9:58AM

Hi @katechapman1, we've spoken via Tech LadyMafia! Really great to see you here!


Matt Wisdom Sat 29 Mar 2014 12:32AM

Hey everyone, happy to see the community flourishing and to become a part of it. I started a company (Voteit.com) and am contributing all of the code to a foundation to make free for everyone. Lots of stuff we can pool together and share experiences. My day job is running another company I started up, turbosquid.com. Anyway, interesting times, and I vow to make it to NZ to visit Loomio in person.


Alanna Irving Sat 29 Mar 2014 1:22AM

@mattwisdom thank you so much for supporting the campaign, and for your interest in Loomio! We're really glad to have you in the community.


Alanna Irving Wed 2 Apr 2014 4:31AM

Welcome @joopkieftelapingvi !

I would love to install an instance of my own of Loomio for the local Party, as communication infrastructure and decision platform.

You might be interested in the Installing Loomio Subgroup


Joop Kiefte (LaPingvino) Wed 2 Apr 2014 6:49AM

Thanks @alanna, already joined there and got accepted there a bit earlier even :). I am also translating Loomio to Esperanto now, and that seems to be going quite well :).


Alanna Irving Thu 3 Apr 2014 10:40PM

Welcome @david11!

Hi I recently donated and I am a part of a group that is currently debating whether or not to give loomio a try… too bad we’re not using loomio, it might go quicker :P


David Fri 4 Apr 2014 2:37AM

Thanks @alanna! :)


Tree Fri 4 Apr 2014 4:50AM

Just dropping a note here to say hello. I'm a freelance facilitator and group skills teacher based in Eugene, Oregon, US. I work with groups face-to-face, yet recognize the need for online deliberation and decision tools, so i appreciate the development of Loomio. I have dozens of articles on facilitation, consensus, and related topics posted at http://www.treegroup.info, in case any of them are useful.

I believe far too much precious life energy gets wasted in crappy meetings, and that people should not settle for meetings that are less than lively, productive, and connecting. Strong process leads to excellent product. Rather than being wed to any one method, i enjoy creatively blending formats and approaches to meet groups' needs.

That enthusiasm led me to get involved in the creation of the card deck Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings. The deck is available for free download as well as for sale at http://www.groupworksdeck.org--check it out!


Tree Fri 4 Apr 2014 4:51AM

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Joop Kiefte (LaPingvino) Fri 4 Apr 2014 1:50PM

It seems you can remove and then post again with correction...


Alanna Irving Sun 6 Apr 2014 4:56AM

Welcome @olivermintersolvol !

Hi all! My name is Oliver and I am a being who at this stage is specialising in audio & events. I am interested in Loomio as I feel it holds a great deal of potential in a wide variety of applications and would love to offer my thoughts on how it could develop and evolve.


Richard D. Bartlett Sun 6 Apr 2014 10:12PM

Welcome to @caeschlick!

I’m a German-Venezuelan citizen currently living in Europe, trying to make living possible again in Venezuela so everyone can live freely, in peace and in harmony with the world, making and setting up an example for other cultures to follow and make way to new ideas, co-ruling methods and ways of living. Hopping to use Loomio as a tool to spread and get new and better ideas out in the world for the benefit of everyone.

Great to have you in here with us Cae, make yourself at home :)


Cae Schlick Mon 7 Apr 2014 2:11AM

Thanks @richarddbartlett I'll do ;)


Richard D. Bartlett Mon 7 Apr 2014 7:18AM

Hey everyone welcome @charlesthomassin

French student in Local Development, involved in the creation of a food coop and in some other projects, I feel deeply concerned by the issues of participatory democracy. That’s why I’d love to help and support Loomio project the way I can by joining the community.

Glad you could join us Charles! Thanks so much for your support :)


Chelsea Robinson Tue 8 Apr 2014 1:35AM

Welcome to @hugovitalis and @kirstenjensen from New Zealand Treasury.

I have had the pleasure of connecting with Hugo and Kirsten this week about the potential of using Loomio to help build successful collaborations across agencies in our Government. Hugo and Kirsten are keen to see active Loomio spaces to understand the power of this tool.

  • Welcome to you both, please introduce yourselves here *, and specify any key areas of interest you may have for discussion so that other community members can respond and engage with you, or direct you to discussions & groups which may be of interest to you. Nga mihi

Hugo Vitalis Tue 8 Apr 2014 2:32AM

Hi as Chelsea says Kirsten and I came across Loomio as we were pondering a better way of working with others to generate solutions to common problems. I am particularly interested in Loomio as a tool to support the development of new ideas and collaboratively agreeing on potential solutions. Just wanted to find out more about Loomio and the different ways it might be used. Chelsea suggested the best way was to join and have a closer look...


Benjamin Knight Tue 8 Apr 2014 9:21PM

Welcome @johnbrooker! John was part of VISA when it was still run as a chaordic organisation, and now does wonderful facilitation consulting at yesand.co.uk. Great to talk to you this morning John! I think Loomio is more likely to open up more opportunities than put you out of work :)

"Hi. I’m John. I’m interested in chaordic organisations and I am a workshop facilitator who spends his life encouraging people to collaborate, innovate, make decisions etc. I live in London, England and I’d like to help Loomio grow (although it might put me out of work!)."


John Brooker Tue 8 Apr 2014 9:58PM

Thanks Ben. It was inspiring talking to you, so much so I set up a group and did my first ever crowd funding donation! Good luck with it.


Benjamin Knight Fri 11 Apr 2014 9:26PM

Welcome @dwt! Wonderful to have you here - it'd be great to hear more about your experience with liquid democracy!

"Hi there,
I’m one of the original contributors to the liquid democracy effort in germany that happened around the pirate party there.
I really like what you are doing and would love to contribute some of the knowledge we gathered (that I still remember).
Am I in? :-)


Benjamin Knight Sat 12 Apr 2014 12:29AM

Welcome @daviddigiovanni! David runs a great website called GroupSRC, highlighting the ways groups can use technology to communicate more effectively.

He wrote a really nice piece about Loomio and has been massively helpful getting the word out about the campaign on Reddit.

Thanks David!


Alanna Irving Mon 14 Apr 2014 2:49AM

Welcome new members!


Interested contributor and friend of Enspiral. Already opened a pull request to fix an issue on Loomio.


Hi! I like your approach to voting. I actually see consultations here. We might build a relationship.


Nick Johnstone Mon 14 Apr 2014 2:53AM

Thanks @alanna

Just a bit of an introduction. I'm an 18 year old skater/hacker/wannabe entrepreneur, soon off to be part of the first cohort of Enspiral's Dev Academy.

I really like Loomio as a project (both in ideals and in execution) and I'm hopefully going to be able to help out on the code side.


Alanna Irving Mon 14 Apr 2014 3:00AM

Mwahahahaha we're sucking you in @nickjohnstone


Alanna Irving Mon 14 Apr 2014 6:06AM

Welcome Ben Bowie!

I'm an “ideas” man :) as everyone is…And am passionate about the Start up (lean start up community). I am also close to reaching for funding on a project i have been working on & Alanna suggest i join the group.


Alanna Irving Mon 14 Apr 2014 7:12AM

Welcome @frederickstark and @kevinmartin !!

Please introduce yourself :)


Frederick Stark Mon 14 Apr 2014 7:17AM

Thanks Alanna!
I'm an Australian climate activist, member of the Australian Pirate Party, and Web developer.
The Loomio crowdfund campaign got me really interested in this as a tool to use in various groups, organisations and companies. So I popped my head in to take a look!

I'm most excited for no more wasted time and fake 'consensus of the silent' in phone link ups!


Kevin Martin Mon 14 Apr 2014 10:05AM

Thank you Alanna. I am a computer science student from Trivandrum, India. Loomio has been discussed in various mailing lists I subscribe to and thought that it would serve as a good decision making platform for our college FOSS (Free and open source software) cell. I'm excited to say that loomio is a fine example to show my peers how open source is taking the world by storm. Good job :)


David DiGiovanni Mon 14 Apr 2014 2:40PM

@benjaminknightloom Thanks for the kind words Ben!

I'm really glad to have found Loomio just the other day after writing about the decentralization of political power in democratic systems. A lot of my focus has been on how groups can use reddit and reddit-like technology to communicate more effectively. I would say Loomio is a "reddit-like technology", one that is really effective at helping groups make decisions. So I'm excited to see where this all goes.

As far as me personally, I am 27, live in the US, and work as a frontend web developer.


Julian Dumitrascu Mon 14 Apr 2014 9:57PM

Google Search makes available immediately enough information about me.
I am interested in this community because I would like to help improve communication. People need to coordinate and they could do this better, including over the Internet.
To what goals do we unite?
What would the Loomio team like us to do with their work?
Services like Delib, List.ly, Typeform, OpinionStage, PollDaddy, SurveyMonkey and FluidSurveys already provide such services. Should we use some of their work?
I would design any crucial application like this one so that it can be adapted to different usage scenarios and the user experience is close to optimal. I would like Loomio to have many more features and to communicate with other main applications, e.g. for organization management and social networking.
I like it that the Loomio team offer this software for sale to many teams. I would like such services to be used by more than one billion people.
I would participate in designing this service if you asked me to.


Chelsea Robinson Mon 14 Apr 2014 10:17PM

Hey @alexpb ! Great to meet you online recently and discuss Mesh Democracy projects! Welcome to the Loomio community, feel free to throw up any topics you want to take action on with others, or discuss :)

Here's how Alex introduced himself (feel free to add to this Alex!)

"Hi, I am working on a similar tool “Mesh Democracy” - an extension to the distrubited F2F system Retroshare adding a topic tree and liquid democractic voting. chozabu.net"


Chelsea Robinson Mon 14 Apr 2014 10:18PM

Yo @frederickstark ! Awesome to see a climateer here in Loomio. Do you think AYCC could use Loomio?


Frederick Stark Wed 16 Apr 2014 8:55AM

@chelsearobinson Definitely!
At the moment discussions and decisions on campaigns that actually make it to the grassroots take forever because each state and action group need to have a meeting to provide ideas and feedback before it goes back up the chain in more meetings!
Mostly this just leads to an aversion to democratic processes, despite a deep desire for more democracy. Loomio could be the solution we needed all along.

I'm not in any decision making spaces anymore, but I'll talk to the current coordinators to see if I can plant the idea in their heads ;)


Matthew Bartlett Wed 16 Apr 2014 8:10PM

Welcome @Crispin Clarke!

Crispin introduced himself thusly: "Hi - I’m an entrepreneur, cofounder of a tech startup in California and Colorado, USA, and somebody interested in community and collaboration for pro-social change."


Chelsea Robinson Fri 18 Apr 2014 6:58AM

@opseedlib Welcome! This is the home of the Loomio community. Introduce yourself if you would like to provide more info - we all love hearing what people would like to discuss in more depth :)

"I would like to create a place to share #gmofree seeds with our neighbors. #WaveOfAction #OpSeedLib

I wish to create a place where people can post requests for gmo-free seeds so that others in their area can share with them.

I save every seed I can and have made seed library starter kits for requests in my area. If we all save our seeds we can share with our neighbours. We can share starter kits or even one variety of seed.

Every seed can count.

GMO seeds are everywhere. If you go into any store the gmo brands are plentiful always up front and central with huge advertising displays. Organics are off to the side if you can find them at all.

Seeds are costly and they should be free to home growers.

Why do WE have to pay for them? We don’t need to when we can share them.

Thank you for helping to make the world a better place."


Alanna Irving Fri 18 Apr 2014 10:56AM

Welcome to some new members! @benjaminlupton @brianfey - tell us about yourself!

@laynesmall ....

I’m an operations developer who’s recently left a VFX house to return to university to study electrical engineering. I’ve long felt the need for something like Loomio, and now I want to help.

There are a couple electrical engineers around here, like @richarddbartlett :)


Brian Fey Fri 18 Apr 2014 11:28AM

I have been needing a decision making platform for some time.

I am building an intentional community in my permaculture farm, and don't have a lot of faith in consensus decision making. Often there is too much overhead talking without memory or prior discussions. Wasteful.
"Community decision making" often ends up being false with the strong personalities running the show.
So I want a software solution.
I spend many years is software design so perhaps I will have feedback for you.

Right now it is a dictatorship, but as others get involved more decisions with be handled by the group as I near death

You might want to see this question and add your answer about how you use Loomio for a small community: https://www.quora.com/Decision-Making/What-software-could-I-use-for-100-or-more-people-to-be-able-propose-and-vote-on-decisions-for-a-small-town

I plan to have a public Loomio project, and a private one just for residents.

If you have an interest in my strange project, you can like this page to see photos as I post them: https://www.facebook.com/bosqueforest

-Brian Fey


Brian Fey Fri 18 Apr 2014 11:52AM

If you have an interest in intentional communities you can watch a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UYHoLzxb_4


Alanna Irving Sat 19 Apr 2014 1:04AM

Thanks @brianfey ! All the best with your project. If you run into any issues, want to share feedback, or want to discuss best practice with other Loomio users, please feel free to post around here in the Community.


Alanna Irving Sat 19 Apr 2014 1:07AM

Welcome new members!


I am a teacher in Oregon, USA. I frequently attend meetings where decisions have to be made and would love a better way to handle these decisions. This tool seems to be a great start. I am very interested in discovering ways to use Loomio in education to facilitate discussions and expedite the meeting process to spend more time working with teachers and students and less time in meetings.

There are many people in this community really interested in how Loomio can work in educational settings, like @mixirving @silviazuur @benjaminknightloom - please keep us posted!


This project is very fascinating. I am a software developer on a collobrative consumption project called Library of Stuff in Turkey. We are building our software as a free software and our project is also a social enterprise. I think we can use Loomio for making decision. But furthermore, I think we can learn lots of things from you. So, I want to join your community :)

I'm sure you're aware that Loomio is available in Turkish. All the best with your project and let us know if there's anything we can do to help and mutually learn from one another :)


Alanna Irving Sun 20 Apr 2014 10:51PM

Welcome new members!


Hello! I’d like to develop a CRM-plattform for the german pharmacies. The biggest problem is to catch the attention of the collegues, that work in the professional associations for long. There should be kind of FAX-Gateway for Loomio. Maybe some kind of the thing, that is used by Loomio for translation. If there was a Fax-connection into a Loomio-group, the group-members could “translate” the fax into text, and consider the info for the poll… Best regards & happy easter!


My name is Eric Kimori, the Executive Director of Complitkenya. COMPLITKENYA is a registered Community Based Organization whose vision to establish modern world-class Community Access Centres in rural areas so as to promote Community ICT Development, promote e-learning and enhance youth employment through ICTs. Due to the documented evident reality in the community about the ever widening digital gap and that rural populations are increasingly being left behind in the technological development, the need for modern and well equipped Community Access Centres to address this gap was hatched at the formation of Complitkenya. We have established 3 such centre so far. Currently we seeking funds to build Nyamira county’s first digital library to help democratize access to information, spur socio-economic development and encourage e-learning. This group could help us network with potential donors or have access to relevant resources.


Chelsea Robinson Mon 21 Apr 2014 11:24PM

@christian welcome!

Here is how Christian introduced himself -
I’m a developer in Portland, Oregon, USA. Loomio is the most promising application I have seen in a while with so much potential to really change the landscape of decision making and consensus building all over the world. I will be following this project closely and hope to get some time to delve deeper soon.


Chelsea Robinson Mon 21 Apr 2014 11:25PM

Welcome @tobiaseigen !


I am interested in Loomio for use by my organization (Kabissa - Space for Change in Africa http://www.kabissa.org) and our strategic decisionmaking, as well as perhaps to support decisionmaking in other communities I am involved in including my real-world neighbors on the island where I live (Bainbridge Island, near Seattle) and my geographically dispersed family (Berlin, Washington DC, Berkeley, CA, Bainbridge).

I am deeply impressed by what I see and in particular like the humanity shown in the user interface design. The makers of Loomio clearly don’t put the technology first and you want to serve those trying to make the world a better place. I salute you for that.




Chelsea Robinson Mon 21 Apr 2014 11:26PM

@mathijsdebruin ! Welcome!

Here's how Mathijs introduced himself to us on sign-in:
Activist, philosopher, software developer and democracy enthausiast.

Let us know what you're interested in so you can connect with others on topics you care about :)


Tobias Eigen Mon 21 Apr 2014 11:27PM

Glad to be here. Thanks for the warm welcome! :)


Chelsea Robinson Tue 22 Apr 2014 12:55AM

"Hi my name is @Elaine I am a business student in my last year with experience in a top down government and corporate entities. I am interested in Loomis because it offers an open forum approach exposing the productivity that can arise from such business practice. I am excited to see this concept further developed and effectively implemented into bigger corporate/ government organisations in particular."\



Chelsea Robinson Tue 22 Apr 2014 12:56AM

@peterschurman1 Hi Peter, great to talk with you on Google hangouts. This is the place in Loomio Community where we invite people to introduce themselves and what they're working on so that you might meet others also interested in what you're doing! Feel free to start a conversation about what we were discussing about your work.


Alanna Irving Tue 22 Apr 2014 3:09AM

Welcome Elaine!

Hi my name is Elaine I am a business student in my last year with experience in a top down government and corporate entities. I am interested in Loomis because it offers an open forum approach exposing the productivity that can arise from such business practice. I am excited to see this concept further developed and effectively implemented into bigger corporate/ government organisations in particular.

( @robertguthrie how come I can't tag Elaine O'Rourke? :( )


Matthew Bartlett Tue 22 Apr 2014 8:06AM

Welcome 上官文青! Google Translate tells me: "Hello, my name is Shang Wen Qing, Shenyang, Tianjin University, graduating in 2005, starting in 2002 in the country has been engaged in activist work, has participated in many domestic famous activism. Currently a member of the Executive Council is a citizen monitoring, "Citizen Digest" group of young volunteers, the second batch of signers of Charter 08, a very recognized for your organization, you want to become a member"


Alanna Irving Tue 22 Apr 2014 9:41PM

Welcome Anna!

Hi there. I’m keen to see whether this would be a good avenue to empower self-assembly during a national emergency. I’m currently working on a project for a government agency where we’re assessing the efficiency and reach of the existing channels in reaching the goal (to provide information for people to make informed decisions). Would be fun to see if there are others thinking along the same lines as me. Cheers.

(@robertguthrie why can't I tag Anna??)


Jesse Doud Fri 25 Apr 2014 2:28AM

Welcome new members @jimmywales and @dnephin!

Feel free to tell us a bit about yourselves if keen!


Alanna Irving Mon 28 Apr 2014 8:40PM

Welcome new members!


@mikeumus at BetaBulls & DocPad/Bevry. We’re starting to use Loomio for Bevry decisions and may do a open-source loomio glassware app at BetaBulls. We have ideas for loomio! Cheers.


I am a technology researcher working on my PhD in collaboration technology. Loomio seems to address some of the collaboration gaps that I have been looking at. I’m interested in learning more about it, and designing some Loomio-like extensions or features in other software that address some of my specific research interests.

Jerry you might want to talk to @benjaminknightloom and @jeffswift about an academic perspective


Michael Duane Mooring Mon 28 Apr 2014 9:02PM

Thanks @alanna. Here's the idea, voting on things with texts/Twitter (especially Twitter for open groups/campaigns) . Boom! :D


Chelsea Robinson Mon 28 Apr 2014 11:22PM

Hey @timrayner ! Welcome to the Loomio Community. Great to skype with you a couple of weeks ago.

This is how Tim introduced himself:
"Hi guys,

Tim from One Million Acts of Innovation here. We’re keen to explore how to use Loomio for grassroots campaigning, so I’d like to jump in on this discussion.


Tim feel free to introduce yourself in more depth


Tim Rayner Tue 29 Apr 2014 12:25AM

Thanks @chelsearobinson!

Hi everyone. I'm a Kiwi living in Sydney, Australia. Came over here to study philosophy, and wound up doing research on how the internet was scaling transnational social movement activity. This was 2000-2008, so I started off inspired by the anti-globalization movement and tailed off (as my academic aspirations declined) wondering how this new social media thing might enable even broader forms of progressive engagement. Facebook was young, Twitter had just launched, and social media marketers had yet to flood the channels with branding. So I was an optimist.

Off the back of this research, I wrote Coalition of the Willing, which became this huge unruly collaborative film project http://coalitionofthewilling.org.uk. Looking back, it's funny to think that the idea of taking an open source approach to tackling climate change might be anything but blatently obvious, but we managed to turn a few a heads and won some awards in the process.

After this, I wound up working with a network of people inspired by the film http://coalitionblog.org, which evolved into a series of start ups. None of them progressed beyond alpha stage, but it was a great experience - worked with all kinds of people (including folks from NASA at one point!) and learned heaps.

When OWS landed I was totally on board. This post sums up where my head was at in 2011: http://www.coalitionblog.org/2011/10/swarm-wall-street-why-an-anti-political-movement-is-the-most-important-force-on-the-planet/.

Like the Loomio team, I was frustrated when OWS fizzled out. I felt that there was a missed opportunity - that movement leaders should have elaborated and scaled a set of mechanisms for enabling creative making and doing. So, from this point, I began thinking about how to create a movement that was focused on building and scaling collaborative innovation tools and culture. This led me to co-found One Million Acts of Innovation (Aust.) in 2013.

OMAoI is still in pre-launch stage. We don't even have a website yet, just a landing page http://onemillionactsofinnovation.org.au. It looks corporate, but that's only because we're chasing big money at the moment. The campaign itself aims to engage groups and organisations in all sectors and at all levels of Australian society. Watch this space.

To finish up, here's a couple of posts that I'm kinda proud of, one on Maker Democracy http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/maker-democracy-roberto-unger-progressive-politics-and-collaborative-experimentation/ and a fictional report from the end of this century on how sharing, making, and open sourcing changed the world. http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/2045-united-federation-report-on-the-great-transition-the-culture-of-transition/ Enjoy!


Alanna Irving Fri 2 May 2014 2:22AM

Welcome @michaelmckinsey !

I am the founder and CEO of FlashByte Digital, LLC http://www.flashbyte.us - which is a WISP in Southern California, USA. I am also involved with several start-up projects, one of which recently put up a diaspora pod at:


I am interested in the D* project, and possibly on figuring out a way to include the diaspora pod in our CDSSO and so ended up here on loomia reading the discussions about the project.

In seeking information about D* I found loomia, which honestly was like a gift from the heavens.

A major problem facing the new project I am working on was how to allow people to come together in a collaborative and open environment and make proposals and decisions, and in the process of us envisioning our platform somehow none of us had heard of loomia. Finding this project has saves us an immense amount of work that would have required we functionally create the same product and we are immediately planning on setting up our own loomia server. I bought into the crowd funding at the “Host it yourself” level, and I am in the process of setting up your current implementation. I plan on contributing code and resources as well as spreading the word about what is an absolutely needed platform! If you had not done this, my team would have ended up needing to do it ourselves, and so in a real way I feel like your crowd funding effort reduced our development budget by every dollar you raised. We offer great congratulations on meeting your goal!

I am involved in the Occupy movement, and not having to sit out in a cold park for hours to make a decision is GREAT! My team here are really look forward to getting to know loomia inside and out.


Alanna Irving Fri 2 May 2014 2:25AM

@seantilleycommunit is here from Diaspora and might be interested in what you're doing with your Pod @michaelmckinsey

Great to have you in the community Michael


Michael McKinsey Fri 2 May 2014 3:00AM

Share with me on Diaspora!

diaspora* ID: mmc@diaspora.fr33.co



Sean Tilley Fri 2 May 2014 7:43PM

@michaelmckinsey Feel free to add me on DIASPORA*

deadsuperhero@joindiaspora.com is my handle, you can find me using the search. ;) I wasn't able to find you, but I know there are some federation changes in the latest upstream release, and joindiaspora.com hasn't upgraded yet.


Michael McKinsey Fri 2 May 2014 8:21PM

@seantilleycommunit I am sharing with you on D* - found you no problem. I hope there is not something wrong with my pod configuration that you could not find me.



Alanna Irving Tue 6 May 2014 6:22AM

Welcome to a bunch of new members! We're very glad to have you here.


I’m Nurana from Azerbaijan, Baku city.I’m 24 and I’m a company founder.


I feel extremely inspired and empowered by the existence of Loomio and would like to contribute in any way I can as I’ll definitely be an evangelist for the widespread us of it in community organizing. I have an experience of being involved in couple of technology startups back in 1997-2004 in the Production and Product Management roles so I might have some suggestions to make Loomio better.


Hello Everyone, I’m a builder/ inventor/ organic gardener/ activist who lives in Ashland, Oregon. I discovered Loomio through Metagov start@metagovernment.org, and found out about them through my involvement in the #Occupy protests several years ago. My first intro into group decision-making was during the Diablo Canyon (nuclear power plant) Blockade back in the early 80s. I was later involved in several (anti-nuke) protests at the Nevada Test Site. From these events I experienced the incredible empowerment that can arise through well-facilitated group decision-making….and have been on a parallel odyssey or quest ever since. I’m convinced that the only way we are ever going to bring about a more holistic and sustainable society is through something akin to what is developing here with Loomio. Thanks so much for getting this ball rolling! I’m really excited to be a member of your team.


Hi, I build web stuff and am a new Industrial Design student, constantly trying to put things together and get communities together and am really interested in helping build this one.

@isabelledelgrange can you tell us a bit about yourself?


Matthew Bartlett Wed 7 May 2014 9:33PM

So many wonderful people introducing themselves here!


Alanna Irving Wed 7 May 2014 9:39PM

Bienvenue aux nouveaux membres!


Bonjour nouvelle venue sur loomio je découvre la communauté et son fonctionnement. Je suis avant tout une militante convaincue par plein de causes certaines “ perdues” d autres moins toujours prête au débat et en quête d idées nouvelles

@jeronimoluisbarrac @dosto @canellebambou ... Voulez-vous nous parler de vous?

(sorry I don't really speak French!)


Alanna Irving Thu 8 May 2014 9:22PM

Welcome new members!


I’m a software engineer from Seattle, WA. I’m recently really interested in civics and “consensus software” like loomio and wrangl.com.


Coordinator of the Science in Society group and love.loomio.org supporter.


John Gietzen Sat 10 May 2014 3:55AM



Alanna Irving Mon 12 May 2014 1:15AM

Welcome @jessenaiman

I was trying to build a similar system during the Occupy Movement. I may have some ideas to lend…and I have a job that may allow me to get this somewhere important.

And @edgalligan care to tell us a bit about yourself?


Alanna Irving Tue 13 May 2014 9:53PM

Welcome @m4xin3 !

I read an article about Digital Democracy in RT and it mentioned Loomio. I thought it would be good to check it out to see what it was all about.


Alanna Irving Fri 16 May 2014 3:42AM

Welcome to some new people!


Hello, i have thought about OA platforms for a long time, but this is the first one that really feels natural to work with. I do think we need proxy’s though, if this is going to scale at all.


I love Philosophy & Computers


Alex Watt Fri 16 May 2014 3:55AM

hello team!


Neel Gupta Fri 16 May 2014 5:38AM

Hello everyone :)


Matthew Bartlett Fri 16 May 2014 7:45AM

@alexwatt, what's OA?


Alex Watt Fri 16 May 2014 9:37AM

Sorry, it means open access but really was a mental slip as i meant to say open democracy.


Alanna Irving Sun 18 May 2014 10:41PM

Welcome @dallasknight !

Hello. I am new to the Loomio community and an excited about the prospect of using Loomio as I have followed the development of this web-based decision support software for a few years. The internet has always held a fascination for me for it’s ability to democratise information.
I am a ‘brand new’ PhD graduate (Sat 10th May), with an interest in Health Information Science, and plan to garner representatives from stakeholder health provider groups together using Loomio to broker solutions to existing barriers which prevent disempowered groups getting easy access to health services.

Glad to have you here! You might be interested in this post about how Loomio is helping Pathways, and organisation focused on mental health. I think Loomio has great potential in the health field and I'm interested in your thoughts about that.


Dallas Knight Mon 19 May 2014 5:59AM

Then we both think that Loomio has great potential in the health field. I plan to get to know Loomio really well, so I can coordinate health groups and direct them towards using Loomio. This current project is my first hands-on venture, so there is lots of learning to do.


Alanna Irving Tue 20 May 2014 11:11PM

Welcome to some new members!


Ruby on rails developer, vegeterian, anarchist from Russia.


I just want to try this out because I like the consensus based decision making methods it supports and I want to see how well Loomio does the job.


Since I work with helping organizations transform to new forms I want to see what possibilities Loomio will create.


Alanna Irving Sun 25 May 2014 6:07AM

Welcome @henrilaupmaa @seanfarmelo @jessica4 ! Care to tell us a bit about yourself?

And some more new members....


hacking and healing to build a thrivable world


Am new to Loomio and have started a group dedicated to exploring the subject of human Scale Technology. I have a diverse background, including retail, adventure tourism, social and economic policy, and food production. I have deep concern regarding the trajectory of future developments in array of spheres, politics, economics, labour relations, social justice, environmental exploitation, and technological change, all of which are inextricably intertwined.


Just getting started using Loomio. Work for a US-based nonprofit network that is looking into using the software in our working groups.


Sean Farmelo Sun 25 May 2014 12:44PM

Hi - I’m a co founder of a number of student co-operatives in the Uk - greenbikeproject.net the birmingham student housing co-op and also involved in getting a national network of student co-operatives going ( students.coop )

Currently using loomio to co-ordinate brewing and also for our community co-op newspaper www.slaneystreet.com - I tweet @seanfarmelo


Alanna Irving Sun 25 May 2014 8:45PM

Welcome @seanfarmelo ! My first introduction to consensus decision making was in student housing co-ops. Powerful stuff!

@jessedoud might be interested in connecting about bikes :) @josefdaviescoates is also big into co-ops in the UK and is a Loomio supporter.


Josef Davies-Coates Sun 25 May 2014 9:21PM

hey @seanfarmelo good to see you here :) have you read this yet? http://www.managementexchange.com/story/collaborative-funding-dissolve-authority-empower-everyone-and-crowdsource-smarter-transparent

I've know of Enspiral for a while and long been a Loomio fan but it wasn't until read that I realised quite how much I love what they're doing!

@alanna thanks for the mention. I met Sean at a co-op event in Manchester and then again at the launch of http://www.students.coop/ a few month ago :)


Roslyn Mon 26 May 2014 9:28PM

My name is Roslyn. I wrote my PhD on democracy and international law (finished three years ago) and basically made the argument for establishing direct digital democracy as a way to deal with our numerous international relations issues. I knew enough about IT (I am a lawyer by training) to know that digitial democracy was possible, and, in fact, inevitable. Needless to say I was ecstatic to find out that someone out there was actually working on this. I didn't sleep all night. I currently live in Ireland where I lecture (on a programme combining IT and international law) and am a regular contributor to media on legal and political issues (mainly RT). This is a fascinating project and I'm thrilled to get in touch with like-minded people. I speak English, German and a bit of Spanish and French. On Twitter @roslynfuller


Alanna Irving Tue 27 May 2014 2:28AM

Really happy to have you here @roslyn!


Alanna Irving Wed 28 May 2014 11:21PM

Welcome @mattsale !

I’m 39 and live in Auckland, NZ. I’m Retail General Manager at Public Trust, New Zealand’s largest provider of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Trustee services. One of my team members went to a day with Gary Hamel recently and his learnings included Loomio. I am passionate about helping people love their work, and believe involvement in deciding what and how to improve customer experience is a great motivator for most people. So I’m very excited to be testing Loomio to see how it could facilitate that involvement for our staff.


Alanna Irving Fri 30 May 2014 1:52AM

Welcome @jordifaxedas !

Very interested in the development of Loomio. I think it is a great tool to empower real and direct democracy. I’ve been active in the translation of Loomio into Catalan. I study Engineering in Copenhagen (Denmark) but born and risen in Catalunya (Spain).


Alanna Irving Fri 30 May 2014 3:27AM

Welcome @eamonnoflaherty !

I’m a Sydney occupier, currently challenging the constitutionality of our 2011 arrests (and about to be bankrupt for my efforts, but ah well :) ) I’m interested in bettering Democracy, and recognise in Loomio the same cause that inspired me in my effort to create Demos- a democratic, online issues voting platform. I’d love to know more about Loomio, where it is similar and where different, from my own idea. Here is my FB event for my crowdfunding effort, and the Start Some Good page. Thankyou. Glad to have found you :)


Josef Davies-Coates Sat 31 May 2014 10:56AM

hey @eamonnoflaherty you should check out http://iagr.ee set up by some friends of mine who are doing similar stuff :)


Alanna Irving Sun 1 Jun 2014 10:22PM

Welcome to some new members!


Hi, I love your project, we give it a try for a users feedback of our pearltrees users community


I am experimenting with Loomio for helping my extended family make decisions about an upcoming reunion. In general, I am personally a fan of Loomio’s vision, as I believe a solid platform for introducing genuine democracy into any group is sorely needed.


Hi, I’m Jonathan, I work as a freelance web developer. I’ve been thinking about collaborative decision making applications for quite a few years but never got round to building one. Recently, after an inspired search to see if anyone had released one yet, I found you guys. I would like to get involved in the development side of things, fixing bugs etc. Anyway, nice to be here and meet you all.

and @danielplaat and @inikette too!


Daniel Plaat Mon 2 Jun 2014 3:16AM

Hello; I'm an OWS veteran of the Info WG, with occupy from day one. I have heavy experience with consensus in person and have worked in a think tank working group to hash out process, membership, and putting the ideas of Values based consensus into practice in the following year(2012). The past year I've been a growing facilitator for Occupy Albany. Upon hearing about putting consensus on an online platform through an occupy podcast; I wanted to check it out and see if I could contribute. With your coverage in Wired a comrade in the consensus group really hated on the idea; as to him this can only best be done in person; otherwise we are putting screens between us and tring to solve human communication problems, like listening to each other instead of having "the right program." I disagreed with him mostly; So I'd like to contribute to make sure there's an amount of humanity in this and importantly, work to take out the need for voting. More on that with a proposal in the right discussion section.


Noos Quest Mon 2 Jun 2014 7:04AM

Thank you & Felicitations for having created such a powerful tool.... strongly agree with @roslynfuller above :
"...establishing direct digital democracy as a way to deal with our numerous international relations issues... & that digitial democracy is possible, and, in fact, inevitable."

I'm here to try it for our users community & figure out how it can be used elsewhere & at different scales


Eamonn O'Flaherty Thu 5 Jun 2014 7:14AM

@josefdaviescoates Thanks Josef I'd love to talk to your friends- that link doesn't work however.


Josef Davies-Coates Thu 5 Jun 2014 10:11AM

@eamonnoflaherty ah, it is only really in alpha and I think they're in the middle of another development cycle so must be working on stuff contact https://twitter.com/eddowding :)


Peter Barron Sat 7 Jun 2014 11:06AM

Kia Ora everybody
I am new to Loomio and have come to this community via the Internet Party.

I live in Dunedin New Zealand and I am a 23 year old with 40 years of experience. I have been a pharmacist for most of my working life but I have also been a University lecturer, hosted a radio show, been an elected member of a District Health Board and presently I am a restaurant owner and some-time chef.

I have lives and worked in Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu and have sent time in Thailand.

As a student I was part of the huge changes that swept the world in the 1970's. My first computer was a Commodore 64 in the late 1970's and when I purchased my first laptop I had to choose between a 40Mb and an 80Mb hard drive and chose the 40Mb as at the time I couldn't see how I could possibly use 80Mb!!!!

I highlight this because there seems to be some opinion that the technology revolution is new.

As a 60th birthday present to myself I went back to University to study full-time for and MBA - it was the best 2 years of my life with exchanges to Germany and Thailand.

My expertise and interest in in health. My MBA research was on Shared Electronic Health Records and I used some exciting software called 1000Minds - www.1000minds.com . !000Minds is multi criteria decision making software and it was extremely useful for obtaining and weighting public opinion via a web-based survey.

I see a real synergy between Loomio and 1000Minds in the sense that Loomio provides the "panel of experts" who develop the questions and then you can use 1000Minds to present a series of hypothetical choices to a sample population and weight their preferences.

I have attached a proposal that I wrote to the Internet Party when I first learned that we were going to use Loomio as a democracy tool.

I am very keen to part of any Health Informatics group


Benjamin Knight Sun 8 Jun 2014 2:39PM

Delighted to have you in the community @peterbarron! I'm part of the Loomio team, and Dunedin has a special place in my heart (my first 22 years of life were there).

I totally agree with your sense of synergy between Loomio and 1000 Minds! The great news is that Franz and Paul agree - the motivation is absolutely there, so it's just resources that are limiting us in terms of looking at integration. So any suggestions or ideas there would be much appreciated :) I'm really enjoying the thinking behind this proposal!

I'd love a chance to talk with you - if you email me at ben [at] loomio.org, it would be great to make a time to meet when I'm visiting Dunedin at the end of next week.

Make yourself at home in the community and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions :)


Benjamin Knight Sun 8 Jun 2014 2:47PM

Delighted to introduce some wonderful individuals to the community this morning :)

Vadim - @vadimmalykh :
"I’m individual programmer from Russia. Interested in all kind of collaboration and social using information technology."

Vadim - you have found the right place :)

David - @davidbohlmark :
"Tja! Jag vill också vara med och utveckla plattformen! :)"

Which the internet tells me means "Well! I also want to be involved in developing the platform! :)" in Swedish.

We would love to have you involved David!

And last but not least, Joi - @joiito :
"I am the director of the MIT Media Lab and a fan of Loomio. Would like to participate in the community and explore using it in some of my organizations."

@joiito, it was wonderful to meet you this morning - we're huge fans of the amazing stuff coming out of MIT Media Lab, so really looking forward to finding ways to work together! I'm sure others in the community will be really interested to hear about your work.


Benjamin Knight Sun 8 Jun 2014 2:49PM

And now we're joined by Nuong (@nuongnguyen). Great to have you here Nuong - feel free to share some words with the group about your background and what's brought you to Loomio :)


Benjamin Knight Thu 12 Jun 2014 4:59AM

Welcome to the community Fred Carr!

Fred has this to say about himself:

"I’m a retired engineer with a deep interest in philosophy and economic justice. A friend from the Occupy movement recently pointed me to the Loomio project because he knew that I had been investigating consensus software.
Based on what I’ve seen, and I’ve seen many startup ventures over a period of decades, all the necessary elements are in place for this project to bloom in a big way in the coming years. The combination of people and ideas around Loomio is channeling the energy we saw with Occupy into what will become an important mechanism for change in this time of need.
This is only the beginning for you. You are on the leading edge of history!


Alanna Irving Mon 23 Jun 2014 10:02PM

Welcome @willmalina

I’m currently involved in the Metagovernment project and am interested in contributing to the development of loomio. I will be studying philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison next fall and currently reside in Minnesota, USA. I find loomio’s mission inspiring and would love to participate in its development.


Alanna Irving Tue 24 Jun 2014 10:10PM

Welcome @laurensmith

Interested in social entrepreneurship, development and innovation. Keen to learn more about Loomio as a potential tool for ADC which is a NZ based charity that support a microfinance bank in Myanmar and Malawi.


Benjamin Knight Tue 15 Jul 2014 12:21AM

Welcome to the community @williamchu! William, thanks for your lovely introduction message - great to have you here :)

"Hi, I’m a police dispatcher from Vancouver, BC. I love everything about what you guys are doing here (as well as at the Enspiral Network) and hope I can contribute any way I can. Unfortunately, I have little programming knowledge. But I have no shortage of ideas and motivation, starting with testing the website’s new features and spreading the word. I believe there is unlimited potential for a website that promotes direct/deliberative/liquid/e- democracy."


Benjamin Knight Tue 15 Jul 2014 12:29AM

Lots of lovely people to introduce today!

Welcome @claudiumarginean, who is one of the people who translated Loomio into Romanian :)

Welcome also @micahdaigle1 , who is a wonderful friend of Loomio and super knowledgeable democracy technologist (check out the Upgrade Democracy community).

We're also joined by @ksenya and @mariela - feel free to introduce yourselves to the group.

Make yourselves at home and feel free to ask any questions :)


Ksenya Tue 15 Jul 2014 1:04PM

Great to be back on Loomio.
"...there is unlimited potential for a website that promotes direct/deliberative/liquid/e- democracy." - very nicely put by @williamchu, so I'm just quoting.


Alanna Irving Sat 19 Jul 2014 12:10AM

Welcome! Bienvenido!


Estoy investigando herramientas de debate. Pertenezco al Círculo Podemos Alcantarilla. Soy desarrollador de aplicaciones web y aplicaciones e escritorio.


I am a member of the Pirate Party of New Zealand and we currently rely heavily on loomio. We are very much looking forward to version 1.0.


Tal Yaron Mon 21 Jul 2014 8:28AM


I am working toward a dissertation in online-deliberative democracy, in Israel. I have a wiki about it here: delib-democracy.org




Benjamin Knight Mon 21 Jul 2014 11:01PM

Welcome @talyaron! Thanks for sharing your work - really interesting stuff :)


Alanna Irving Tue 22 Jul 2014 5:18AM

Welcome @jochenwalter !

Hi, I am Jochen, an engineer and one world promotor who is interested in transition and how people can get together making decision in respecting each other and using the most comfortable techniques - it doesn’t mean to me that there are only computer and internet to be used!


Alanna Irving Thu 24 Jul 2014 9:39PM

Welcome to some new members!

@pierreyves do you want to tell us about yourself?


Solicito pertenecer al grupo. Jubilado. Para colaborar en la aportación de propuestas.


I’m looking for straightforward ways to interact and collaborate with people across companies on specific topics in Belgium


Hi, I’m Daniel from Spain. I belong to Democracia real YA!, the original group that organized the 15 May 2011 movement of ‘indignados’ in Spain. We are trying loomio as a powerful tool to organize better our nationwide group, and as potential hard users we would like to know and discuss improvements in loomio… Thanks!


Really interested in using Loomio long term with some of the groups I am involved in and would like to help it develop further.


[deactivated account] Tue 29 Jul 2014 8:48PM

I'm Pierre-Yves and I am a "Gentil Virus" from Belgium.

If you want to know what the Gentils Virus are and what's their message for real democracy, check our web sites :


We experiment loomio to discuss and decide together how to update our web sites.


Alanna Irving Tue 29 Jul 2014 11:22PM

Welcome @dianashand !

I am from ECO Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aorteroa NZ and the Exec Committee is using Loomio to organise discussions and Working groups. http://www.eco.org.nz/


Dani Haddock Fri 1 Aug 2014 9:45AM

I’m Daniel, I participate in Democracia real YA! Madrid, the group that started the ‘indignados’ movement back in 2011 in Spain. https://www.facebook.com/democraciarealyamadrid


Alanna Irving Sun 3 Aug 2014 10:05AM

Welcome new people!


Soy Arturo Esteve, estudiante de Ciencias Políticas en la Universidad de Barcelona. Lo que más me gusta de mi carrera es la teoría y filosofía política, la política comparada y el derecho, relaciones y conflictos internacionales. Soy trilingüe y actualmente trabajo en una cooperativa ONG de ayuda social en el barrio del Raval (BCN)


I am Stijn, from Belgium and I am following the OpenApp threads. I feel connecting on the Loomio front is probably useful as well.

@dylanbuckley and @cristinaarribas do you want to introduce yourselves?


Alanna Irving Mon 4 Aug 2014 4:24AM

Welcome @sionwhellens !

Recently set up and coordinating the UK Worker Cooperatives group and Solidarity Fund subgroup. Happy to contribute!


Alanna Irving Wed 6 Aug 2014 10:31PM

Welcome @janvonmulert !

Hi, Ive started using Loomio through policy incubator for the Internet Party(quite an experiment!). I’ve come across some threads discussing the short comings of loomio for the kind of collaborative decision making the policy incubator is trying to achieve. I would like to make sure the gripes/ideas coming up in the policy incubator get fed back to the loomio developers. If there is a better place to bring this information please let me know.

We're always happy to hear feedback :) Please make sure you check out the Roadmap to see what's already in the backlog. Put new suggestions in Feature Ideas.


Alanna Irving Tue 12 Aug 2014 3:57AM

welcome @rathy !

I’m a teacher who’s interested in incorporating e-democracy into my classroom, to co-direct lesson content and negotiate a student-centered timetable. Loomio seems like an incredibly powerful tool to achieve this end and I’d like to learn more about it!

@mixirving might have some thoughts for you :)


Alanna Irving Wed 13 Aug 2014 4:53AM

Bienvenidos, @ofelialemavillar !

Pertenezco al Círculo Podemos A Estrada y Loomio se está probando con una herramienta fundamental en las comunicaciones y vías de votación entre los miembros del Círculo.


Alanna Irving Thu 14 Aug 2014 8:57PM

Bienvenidos @joseantoniobarbas

Actualmente hemos abierto un grupo y desearía unirme al grupo para solicitar (y en lo posible) aportar ayuda y experiencias.

y @josebecerra tambien!

I want learn about Loomio.


Rathy Srikanthan Sat 16 Aug 2014 4:12AM

Thanks @alanna ! For some added context, I recently started my own e-democracy site with my class through Your Priorities, an Icelandic open source e-democracy platform. My class are on their front page! Here: www.citizens.is

We've since been experimenting a fair bit with more horizontal forms of leadership and student-centred learning, and it has been such a positive experience! So much so that I've been reading more around the topic (I found out about Loomio through Micah Sifry's 'Big Disconnect') and can't figure out why this isn't a bigger thing!

If there's any other educators on here who also nerd out about this stuff, I would love to hear your thoughts!


Joum Sun 17 Aug 2014 12:09AM

@rathy Thanks for the site link. I am from Australia.
Senator Online is Australia’s first and only Electronic Direct Democracy Political Party.
(sorry, this group is open to see but closed to join) https://www.loomio.org/g/nzVv8a6F/senator-online-internal-governance


Rathy Srikanthan Sun 17 Aug 2014 4:20AM

Hi @lbjoum !

Yes, I'm aware of Senator Online and I think what you guys are trying to accomplish is awesome. :) Will there be anyone representing SOL at the auIGF?


Joum Sun 17 Aug 2014 6:29AM

auIGF? I don't know what that is but it sounds like we should know.


Joum Sun 17 Aug 2014 6:31AM

I see you have joined our loomio. Thanks. Please feel free to talk there.

Do you know any similar loomio groups?


Joum Sun 17 Aug 2014 6:32AM

i should say - the pirate party NZ are on loomio https://www.loomio.org/g/EatD8u7s/pirate-party-of-new-zealand.


mix irving Mon 18 Aug 2014 6:08AM

Hi @rathy , I'm a developer and translation supported on loomio. I've got a background as a high school teacher (this amazing school), but unfortunately loomio hadn't been born while I was teaching. Super exciting that you're exploring this area in school


MrFrety Mon 18 Aug 2014 4:34PM

Hi! I found out about loomio via the Diaspora* wiki. I'm a supporter of enhancing democracy by IT. My hobbies include programming and playing the guitar.


Alanna Irving Tue 19 Aug 2014 8:28PM

Welcome new people!


A tech guy interested in participation


Hola! me gustaría formar parte de esta gran comunidad :-D




Loomio newby but very excited about its capabilities. I’m colombian born, live in Germany for more than 30 years and love to create bridges between Germany and Colombia.


Alanna Irving Wed 20 Aug 2014 10:30PM

Bienvenidos @omarramosfernandez !

Voy a trabajar en el problema de la importación de contactos, que usted ha mencionado.


Alanna Irving Sat 23 Aug 2014 1:34AM



i’m a developer from Italy , i’m trying to use loomio in a local political party website as part of a bigger project to help citizen to collaborate and take decision. i hope to find some help and be useful to the community.


Soy un español cansado de tanto robo a mano armada y quiero un pais digno e igual para todos. Tengo 52 años y luchando activamente por la cultura mundial, no es la hija pobre. Sin cultura no hay vida.


Alanna Irving Wed 27 Aug 2014 2:44AM

Welcome new people!


I need to understand how Loomio works as I need to create a group about Cinema lovers and makers. Pinto pastel is my own blog as I do draw with pastel and love it, but this group is just for research as I need to know if it´ll work with the other group


As administrator of a Loomio group, I would like to provide feedback on features and content.


I’m a developer and I recently found out Loomio. I was developing a similar product, also in Rails, available at www.dcid.org/how. Your project is light years away from mine, so I decided to put mine away, donate to your crowdfunding campaign and join your community. I also joined the Portuguese-Portugal translation group. I want to get involved and help you develop Loomio ;)

Diogo, if you'd like to jump in and help with dev, please check out our roadmap and github, and get in touch if you need support to find what to work on.


Diogo Nunes Wed 27 Aug 2014 7:58AM

@alanna Thanks for the introduction and the links. I'll give my best to assist your project ;)


Richard D. Bartlett Thu 28 Aug 2014 10:52PM

Hey @paularossplata welcome to the community!!

Loomio ❤ Podemos!

Soy informática y soy de ‘PODEMOS’ en Mallorca (Islas Baleares, Spain). En nuestra organización social y política (muy nueva, por cierto) estamos utilizando muchísimo esta herramienta, pues nos parece MUY ÚTIL para poder desarrollar nuestros debates como organización asamblearia que nos planteamos ser. Por eso tengo interés en pertenecer a esta Comunidad, para estar al día con las mejoras de esta fantástica herramienta!! Y también por si algún día precisara hacer alguna pregunta concreta.
Acabo de ver vuestra reciente incorporación del ‘Not following’ y me parece genial!! Congratulations!!

I am computer and I am from 'Podemos' in Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain). In our (very new, of course) social and political organization we are using this tool a lot, as it seems VERY HELPFUL to develop our discussions as we considered asamblearia organization be. So I have interest in joining this community, to keep up with the improvements of this fantastic tool !! And if you ever do require a specific question. I just saw your recent addition of 'Not following' and I feel great !! Congratulations !!


Alanna Irving Fri 29 Aug 2014 8:19AM



I’m a developer and a member and supporter of a new private loomio group.


Hi! I think this software could be quite useful for groups to organize ideas.


Nico Aumar Fri 29 Aug 2014 8:32AM

Hi! Thanks for accepting my membership. I'm a developer (in C#) but I have no idea about open source; I'd like to learn about it. I've been using loomio for a while and I find it very useful.


Alanna Irving Fri 29 Aug 2014 8:38AM

Great! Welcome! Please see http://www.loomio.org/roadmap, where there are
also links to more info for developers who want to get involved. You might
also want to check out this recent blog post where one of our open source
contributors talks about why he got involved...


paularossplata@gmail.com Fri 29 Aug 2014 9:16AM

Hi! Thanks for accepting my membership!! ❤


[deactivated account] Mon 1 Sep 2014 2:09AM

Welcome to the community @campesino! Great to have you here! And thank you for your brilliant introduction, and for the suggestions you've made so far - we are greatly appreciative!

I’ll take the chance to tell you that I am part of a quite large community of people using Loomio right now to participate in the build up process of a new political party in Spain called “Podemos” [we can] which has recently won 5 seats in the European Parliament, against all odds, and is now third or second position in polls, cracking our perennial bipartisanship! Quite an achievement for a political [anti]party which was a month old on the elections and with participatory/direct democracy and radical transparency as its flag.

So far Loomio is being used extensively for internal decision making in most local [territorial] and thematic [sectorial] groups called “círculos” [circles]. If you do a search of the word podemos or circulo in public groups you’ll get an idea of how many people are using it, a rough count I just made yielded 4 thousand, but this is growing still, at least until local elections next spring or general elections in autumn2015. This is because the IT Circle has been recommending it for maybe a couple of months already and is spreading. Every now and then I here things people say about it, mostly whether Loomio is suitable or not for what we need and considering other options. The suggestions I made are about the things I found most ‘annoying’, specially the lack of a system to categorize discussions and fully separate sets of them inside a group. As @robertguthrie suggested, labels could make the subgroup suggestion not needed anymore, or subgroups altogether. Labels for ordering and filtering. For me specially, dont know for others, it would be great also to be able to use a creation-timestamp order, for doing things like what I’m doing in a group I launched to debate and vote the 65 points of the Earth Section of the political program of Podemos for my Agriculture Circle. You’ll see they are numbered. Whenever somebody posts something the order is broken.

This ‘discussion’ on our main group, of which I’m proud, took me a while to make as it serves as an index with links to the 65 points/discussions in the group for voting the Earth Section [would’ve used a sub in our main group if it didn’t mix with the group discussions] The results of the votes for the 65 points will be posted here on each corresponding line in due time.

But Loomio is great even without the features I suggested! I congratulate and thank your team so much for making it possible for us to advance on this extremely exiciting political adventure we are in. I encourage you to keep working on it and listen to users.

Take care of yourselves


Pablo Redondo Sánchez Thu 4 Sep 2014 6:21AM

El texto no tenía ningún error gramatical. Pésima traducción.


Alanna Irving Thu 4 Sep 2014 11:30PM

Welcome new people!


Hi, my name is Jake and I’m going to try to use Loomio to run a decentralized group of businesses, each with its own social goals. I think it’s possible for private enterprise to truly change the world for the better by focusing on only one theme: User empowerment. Think I can hang out with you guys? :)

Yes yes yes! Please hang out with us :) You might already be aware, but Loomio is part of the Enspiral Network which has similar goals to what you describe. Other tools focused on user empowerment are coming out of Enspiral, like Cobudget. Tell us more about your projects!


I’m interested in Loomio and I want to join this community to learn and hope to help in some tasks.


Grupo de coordinación. De podemos manzanares


I'm just getting started with loomio. I have created a group for the small town i live in. I think the project has huge potential.


Jacob Gadikian Fri 5 Sep 2014 12:43AM

Actually, hot diggitey damn! I had no idea about enspiral until just right now.

Can't wait :)-- I'll be joining their forums right now. When I saw Enspiral I thought it was referring to inspiral...... guess I was off target by a bit(http://www.amazon.com/InSpiral-Condoms-12-Retail-Box/product-reviews/B00014UK78). I had a feeling that my idea was too interesting & natural in an age of networks to truly be unique, but I could not find anyone else actually doing it. I can't wait to learn how you solve the various problems and how you leverage the strength of the model :)!


Alanna Irving Fri 5 Sep 2014 1:02AM

Cool! Happy to talk more about that @jacobgadikian - probably best to email me when you've had a chance to look into Enspiral a bit more. Definitely check out that link to Cobudget I put above - it also explains a lot about Enspiral.


Jacob Gadikian Fri 5 Sep 2014 1:16AM

I just hit the Enspiral homepage and gave it a detailed look. I want to tell you a little bit about the structure of 21C Dawn & how it differs from Enspiral. (Though, I agree with you fully-- it's quite largely the same concept)

1) Centered around coworking ("The Whiteboard" Coworking space will be our hub,
2) Diversity - The more the better including:
a) Linguistic - Since we are english speakers in China, a pre-requisite for non-native chinese speakers is a desire to learn Mandarin. Conversely, native Chinese speakers have a prerequisite of a desire to learn English.

b) Ethnic - in our ~10-20 person coworking space, we aim for a minimum of one person from each continent.

c) Geographic - We want to have a hub on every continent, too.
d) Economic - We aim to make each other better off through our work, but there are no financial requirements to join, and there is a system wide minimum wage that supports a basic lifestyle in Shenzhen and will go up matched to local inflation trends.

3) Corporate Model - We also use corporations in our structure. Our structure is a tad different from yours, however.

1) Our "Guiding Org" (21C Dawn Foundation) owns 5% of all the companies associated with it.

2) There are zero employees, instead there are only owners.

3) No "paychecks" -- instead our companies pay dividends monthly and if that's lower than 3000RMB, it is boosted to 3000RMB by other parts of the organization. We do this because we feel that it incentives the individuals to help the organization succeed.

4) Profit - We feel that the profit motive is a powerful motivator and should be harnessed for good instead of eliminated. When companies are clear about their social values, and even how much profit they are seeking, we feel that they can profit so that they can sustain themselves and their employees without acting like members of the Bush Administration.

5) No real politics - We feel that politics has become a distraction from the local reality we live in. We aim to have an impact where we are. We feel that in time, men and women will evolve beyond the need for governments, while governments will simultaneously prove how dangerous they are.

Anyway, I felt kind of odd with all of the first person plural, but I'm pretty sure that I speak for everyone in 21C Dawn when I express my happiness at having found you. Something I considered almost immediately after beginning this conversation:

Do you folks think we are compatible enough to exchange 1%?



Alanna Irving Fri 5 Sep 2014 2:53AM

Hmmmm I'm not sure I totally agree with how you've characterised the similarities and differences. Might be interesting to talk more though! If you want to find out more about Enspiral, start here: www.enspiral.com/faq :)

We are always super happy to find other aligned communities around the world. We collaborate a lot with diverse groups across the globe. If you want to talk more about Enspiral, hit me up on alanna@enspiral.com


Gray Sat 6 Sep 2014 8:41AM

@jacobgadikian Interested to hear more about the corporate structure of your co-working business group. Do you have a webpage somewhere with more information, Jacob?


[deactivated account] Sun 7 Sep 2014 7:32AM

Welcome to the community @sophiedavies! Sophie has provided the following introduction:

I am working for a Governmental Organisation and am looking Loomio for online decision making and just want to know a bit more about how it works

Let us know if we can answer any questions!


[deactivated account] Sun 7 Sep 2014 7:34AM

Welcome @tekarihoken! Care to tell us a little about yourself?


Tekarihoken Sun 7 Sep 2014 9:10AM

Hello I'm @tekarihoken, i am a member of a french political party called "Nouvelle Donne" and we are making some tests using loomio in order to see how it fit with our needs.


[deactivated account] Sun 7 Sep 2014 11:33PM

Hey @pedro16! Welcome to the community!

Soy el administrador del grupo Podemos Manises y me gustaría potenciar al máximo la colaboración en mi grupo la discusión politica.


[deactivated account] Tue 9 Sep 2014 11:41AM

Welcome to the community @nick4 - would you be interested in telling us a little bit about yourself?


nick Wed 10 Sep 2014 11:30AM

Yeah, my names Nick Cooke I'm a member of the birmingham student houseing co-op and students for co-operation.


[deactivated account] Sun 14 Sep 2014 2:26AM

Welcome new community members!


Hi, I live in British Columbia, Canada. I am interested in designing interfaces that can help communities make decision, and this seems to be the main mission of Loomio. So I like to try it out and see if I can participate.


Hi, I’m a member of the CoLab tech coop, and we’ve been using Loomio for board discussions and talking about our own projects to support decentralized, democratic teams working for change. As I understand te impact Loomio can have…for progressive group organizing, for politics, for open source software development…I’m excited and would like to be more involved.


[deactivated account] Mon 15 Sep 2014 1:00AM

Welcome @elaineclermont, great to have you hear and thank you for your brilliant exciting introduction!

“Who I am and why I want to join the group.”

I don’t know who I am with respect to you, to me, I’m a mom of a 14 year old, an activist since the moment she was born, a thinker since birth, an optimist to put nearly any pessimist to rest comfortably in a bed they can understand, an artist, a poet, a writer, learned how to play on the internet in the 70s, a convicted felon - they didn’t like my idea, said it was a crime, who knew?! …. so, yeah, just your typical #SuburbanSoccerMom (except she’s a swimmer now) gone rogue just trying to breathe on planet earth.

why, because … one, “loomio” makes me think of “loom” which makes me think of weaving, which makes me think of fabric, as in the “fabric of our society.” two, because Sea loves it so much and I like talking to Sea here. three, because I believe in the energy Loomio is presenting here for people to make decisions. It is very neutral to allow things to be just seen as it is, and I don’t mind beta testing if it helps progress good ideas. whether I spend my time here or on myspace or on some other random group, this one seems to be the most interesting one I’ve experienced in a long time. thank you for creating it and being brilliant. =)


Joum Mon 15 Sep 2014 4:03AM

@elaineclermont lovely.

Yes, loomio has that 'feel' about it. Well done loomio people.


[deactivated account] Wed 17 Sep 2014 12:27AM

Please welcome out newest community members! Great to have you here!


Local Wellingtonian who is very interested in open source and transparent technology. I’ve been using Loomio in beta mode for a couple of years for Kiwiburn, and as such I’m quite invested in the direction Loomio takes :)

@patricia23, would you be interested in telling us a little about yourself?


[deactivated account] Sun 21 Sep 2014 12:40AM

Welcome to the Loomio community @jansavinc - great to have you here! Please let us know if we can clarify anything :)

Hi, I’m a member of the Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative and we are using Loomio to coordinate decision-making. There are some features that are unclear to me, and I would like to get involved; perhaps at a later date, I could help with development as well


Jan Savinc Mon 22 Sep 2014 1:44PM

Thank you @hannahsalmon !
I'll get back with some questions in the following days.

In the meantime - this is a great platform, good work everyone! It's made our organising much easier, and we're excited to see what direction it takes.


[deactivated account] Tue 23 Sep 2014 3:29AM

Hello community, please welcome our new members!


I am a regular user of Loomio and would like to join the discussions


shared the panel with Ben at PDF


[deactivated account] Thu 25 Sep 2014 11:17PM

Welcome to the Loomio community @daniellemacaulay! Great to have you here! Thanks for telling us a little bit about why you were interested in joining this community:

Product Manager hoping to use Loomio to make better decisions as a team.

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


[deactivated account] Mon 29 Sep 2014 10:30PM

So many wonderful new community members! Welcome! Welcome!

Welcome Jacob Bloom!

I just graduated college in May, and in my free time am a Student Union and Green Party organizer. I am currently attempting to start my own marketing, sales and consulting firm, and just got hired to set up a sales department at a local marketing firm. I want to teach businesses and leaders how to be successful by doing good.
At school I majored in Communication and double minored in Political Science and Religious Studies. I specialize in brand development, brand integrity, strategy, organizational theory, campaign management, field coordination, political psychology, grassroots organizing, lobbying, canvassing, public relations, sales, rhetoric and argument, public speaking, and setting up sales departments.
I found out about loomio and cobudget at the Participatory Budgeting conference in Oakland this weekend, where I saw a presentation and met Alanna Krause. Loomio looks amazing. A fellow collaborator just requested to start an account for our efforts and I am eager to get using it. Also I would love to see if I can help spread the word about loomio and so was directed to get active with this group.

Welcome Scott Ludvigson!

Hi, I’m Scott, I’m studying electronic and computer systems at Victoria University, and I want to join the Loomio community because I’m interested in the potential it has for changing the way we, as members of various communities, voice our opinions and make decisions. I would be happy to contribute to this community if i can.

Welcome @carmenpodemos! Care to tell us a little about yourself?

Welcome @chipdeubner!

I’ve been following and using the project for a while now, and pushed to implement the software at my workplace. Would love to take a bigger role in Loomio’s future.

Welcome @eduardkurganskyi! Would you be interested in telling us a little about yourself?


[deactivated account] Wed 1 Oct 2014 11:09PM

Welcome to our newest community members!


I’m an Enspiral contributor based in Wellington, NZ. I’m keen to learn more about how Loomio operates and eventually participate in a broader way.


would like to explore

@carmegarcia, care to tell us a little about yourself and why you were interested in joining the Loomio community?


Carmen Garcia vaquero Thu 2 Oct 2014 10:34AM

Hola buenos dias, ne llamo carmen garcia tengi 49 años y empiezo a utilizar loomio porque es una herramienta muy util para nuestro proyecto de organizacion politica PODEMOS, con esta herramienta podemos hacer participe a toda la cuidadania de cualquier decision que se tome .
Gracias por aceptarme, un saludo


[deactivated account] Tue 7 Oct 2014 9:05PM

Welcome @lagoleon! Would you be interested in providing us with a little information about yourself? :)

Welcome @madsringblom! Thank you very much for providing us with an introduction:

Member of Board at danish political party ‘The Alternative’.

Responsible for our Political Labs and working together with swedish ‘Samutveckling’ on adapting Loomio as digital platform allowing us to involve people in the ongoing development of our political program.

Great to have your voice in here :)

Welcome @mikeshaw! Care to introduce yourself - we would love to hear it!


Mike Shaw Tue 7 Oct 2014 9:24PM

Hello! I'm Mike, I'm a co-operative activist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was active in setting up the Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative and Students for Cooperation. I like graphic design.


Mads Ringblom Wed 8 Oct 2014 5:02PM

Thanks @hannahsalmon :)

As additional background info I can tell that I work as a UX-/UserResearch consultant and have spend a lot of time on digital design in the public sector.

I'm very excited to see how initiatives, trying to use digital solution to unleash group creativity or knowledge, are popping up all over the world. (A big thumbs up to Loomio for beeing one of the most exciting :)

I'm also very interested in getting in touch with other people from (or living in) Denmark who are interested in Loomio or the area of digital democracy or community.


[deactivated account] Fri 10 Oct 2014 12:02AM

Welcome to the Loomio Community @joshua1! Care to provide us with a little introduction? :)


[deactivated account] Fri 10 Oct 2014 10:10PM

Welcome @matt11! Care to tell us a little about yourself?


[deactivated account] Fri 10 Oct 2014 10:20PM

Hello @waelalsaad! Welcome the Loomio Community, and thank you so much for providing us with such an amazing introduction!

Hi loomios
actually I was deep depressed the last days and finding loomio today gave meenergy to stand up and look forward.
Yes, my name is Arab; am Palestinian lived in Germany 17 years and returned home 2009. Since then I work within our family business now managing the wooden furniture factory.

To know abit who I am any my relation to Loomio; 2004 I’ve started advocating for global Palestine beyond borders ending my self putting up a vision for Global Brain Application.
I wish to follow my inner-callings and follow my dream is to build open source ecovillages for appropriate economy around the world which will connect the healing power of humanity and nature. What holds me back to do start working on my dreams is bit complicated ..

I am here to support loomio design and share some ideas I gained along the visions I have, like implementing open translation tools in the process to design a tool for global governance bond to patterlanguage and geographical layering of common decision topics.
I would be happy to join the translation group (?) to help setting up the Arabic version of loomio to build afterwords local loomio community in Palestine which will help spreading it ..

In Spirit and Love

I think it's quite likely that you will find people who share your vision in this group :)

I've just invited you into the translation group. We would love to support you to build a Loomio community in Palestine. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if we can do anything to help!


Joshua Sat 11 Oct 2014 8:39PM

Hi y'all,

My name is Joshua, and I'm a sixth year undergraduate, professional non-profit digital marketer, and radical rabble rouser. I've worked in print and radio journalism, and love talking to people.

I'm a trained Authentic Relating Games facilitator, and I'm a deeply playful and lighthearted person. I also used to live in a student housing cooperative in Austin, Texas, which provided me with lots of opportunities to participate in meetings: some very well run, and others not so much.

I love traveling and meeting new people. My last trip took me across the southwest United States, and I would like to travel more internationally. Accordingly, I'm interested in using loomio as a tool to work with teammates while being a digital nomad.

I look forward to contributing to this project and watching it grow across the world!


[deactivated account] Sat 11 Oct 2014 11:16PM

Welcome to the community @jessicalee! Thanks so much for your kind words of support :)

I love Loomio! I’m an undocumented immigrant activist in the US.


[deactivated account] Tue 14 Oct 2014 10:30PM

Hey community! Please welcome our new members! Wow!



Soy coordinadora de un grupo de creación colectiva.

He creado un sub-grupo y deseo saber cómo se puede ver los propósitos de forma gráfica y el tiempo que lleva la discusión.

Un saludo,



Consensus fan


We’re also a tech start-up coop.


Hi I’m Jan a Wellington Librarian. I’m really excited about the possibilities of Loomio in collaborative decision making and recently helped organise the Wgton conference Democracy, ethics and the public good.http://www.publicgood.org.nz/2014/08/07/is-the-quality-of-our-democracy-an-election-issue/.

Welcome! Welcome!


[deactivated account] Thu 16 Oct 2014 10:58PM

More new members! Welcome to the community! Great to have you here and looking forward to collaborating!


I was asked via Facebook to contribute my ideas, so I’d like to do. :)


I´d like to contribute to the discussion about financial sustainability of loomio.


I’m a developer and am new to Loomio, but am interested in the direction the project is going.


I am a software engineer interested in building collaboration tools as well as the open data movement.


[deactivated account] Thu 16 Oct 2014 10:58PM

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions :)


[deactivated account] Fri 17 Oct 2014 10:29PM

Welcome @wolftune, and thank you for providing an introduction!

I’m co-founder of Snowdrift.coop, a sustainable Free/Libre/Open focused fundraising system run as a co-op. I’ve been interested in Loomio since I first heard about it many months ago. We’d like to partner and get Loomio to be a project we help fund. I’ve also engaged with some of the other Enspiral folks already and other mutual connections.

As a co-op ourselves, we’re interested in the best tools for decision-making.

Great to have you as part of this community - looking forward to interesting conversations!


Alanna Irving Sat 18 Oct 2014 11:17PM

Welcome @paulfenwick !

I’m @pjf on twitter, and I’m strongly involved in free culture, global justice, and social justice. You can find various writings at https://pjf.id.au/


Paul Fenwick Sun 19 Oct 2014 12:21AM

Ooops for automatically generated usernames. :) I'm now @pjf on Loomio as well. ;) And thank you for the welcome, @alanna ! :)


Alanna Irving Sun 19 Oct 2014 8:12PM

Welcome new people!

I’m a new Loomio user, I would like to approve/like some features that have been suggested, and I may bring some ideas too.


I have a tech/game/entrepreneurial background, and passionate about social and economic justice, and agency.


I volunteer on the development of Airesis a similar platform to Loomio and I am interested in the different vision and method that are implemented in Loomio. I hope I can give as an informed person my contribution.


[deactivated account] Mon 20 Oct 2014 11:57PM

Welcome new and not-so-new community members! Thank you for your introductions!

@Rafa Cordoba

I am the coordinator of the group “can cunit” and I would like to participate, to propose changes and report errors found.

sorry for my english.

soy el coordinador del grupo de “Podemos cunit” y me gustaría participar puesto que me gustaría proponer cambios e informar sobre errores encontrados.


Hi, this is Billy, went on the first Loomio retreat ages back, now have a new Loomio account since I came on as an Enspiral contributor, and would be easier to use just one account on Loomio, hence trying to sign up under this account now…


[deactivated account] Wed 22 Oct 2014 8:59PM

Welcome @joemitchell1!

One of your many funders! Dreamer of digital democracy dreams. Keen to help out Loomio where I can.

Please feel free to share your dreams with us :)


Joe Mitchell Thu 23 Oct 2014 10:58AM

Thanks Hannah! What an extraordinary group of people! (Loomins? Like Moomins?)

Well, the dreams are of global digital democracy.

Plenty of folks - from Ancient Greeks to medieval theologians to modern scholars in the postwar-moment - have dreamed about global democracy. But I think we're just starting to see how it might actually be possible. Not through a world parliament - another representative body distant from its people - but through constant debate, engagement and participation online.

Loomio is the sort of tool that allows us to reimagine global political decision-making. It's exciting! And, I think, a key to solving some of the great global challenges - climate change, poverty, inequality, and so on.

So no pressure Loomins!

Good luck! And keen to help out in anyway I can.

P.S. If you're interested in the idea of global digital democracy, I've put together a quick presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/j0e_m/global-digital-democracy-16975729


Alanna Irving Fri 24 Oct 2014 12:38AM

@joemitchell1 - Loomins! Love it!!

That slidedeck was AWESOME. I am going to tweet that from @loomio right now :D


[deactivated account] Fri 24 Oct 2014 12:47AM

Welcome to the Loomio Community @moralfj!

I would like to know how I can to work better with Loomio because I dont know too many things about this tool.

Maybe you'd like to tell us a little more about yourself? And if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!


Rakesh Prashar Sat 25 Oct 2014 1:31PM

Hello, I am an environmental activist interest in engaging with and mobilising more people. I am a little unsure of how I can do this on Loomio but I am really excited by the language being used in the threads and especially terms like, enabling, open source and transparency.


[deactivated account] Mon 27 Oct 2014 4:30AM

Please welcome our newest members! Thanks for providing us with introductions!


muy buenas me llamo Manuel González Méndez natural de san juan del puerto huelva y estoy interesado en aprender y colaborar


Hola, GRANDE, BRAVO, pertenezco a un círculo de PODEMOS en Valencia, y estamos muy satisfechos e interesados en el desarrollo y evolución de “Loomio”.
Salva Ramos, aprendiz.


Just trying to understand what Loomio is all about.


Salvador Ramos Mon 27 Oct 2014 5:05AM

Hello, BIG ONE, BRAVO, I belong to a circle of PODDEMOS in Valencia, España, and we are delighted and interested in the development and evolution of "Loomio".
Thank you.
Salva Ramos apprentice.


[deactivated account] Mon 27 Oct 2014 5:18AM

Thank you for your generous words @salvaramosr! Looking forward to collaborating :)


[deactivated account] Thu 30 Oct 2014 2:59AM

Welcome to the Loomio Community @morvan! Thank you for providing us with an introduction

I work for the city hall in Nantes (France - Brittany).
I have to study the differents way to talk with the citizens and the issues of the e-democraty and this sorts of web sites and web tools.
Your potential is huge.


Chelsea Robinson Sun 2 Nov 2014 5:05AM

Welcome @jeandaniel ! thanks for such an epic introduction, I'll paste what you've written here for everyone to see. Feel free to let us know what else you'd like to connect with people about. thanks!

"Who am i? Well, first, I’m an admirer. I admire what Loomio has achieved so far in terms of a container and process to allow groups, teams, communities to agree on goals, challenges or solutions that they care about.

Also I admire the level of penetration you have already achieved. That’s great momentum.

I admire the social enterprise orientation as well. Your minds and hearts are in the right place.

I’m also a designer of online deliberation processes, and I have a few ideas that could be useful for the Loomio road map - it’s got such a head start, it makes sense to contribute that way rather than to reinvent stuff for nothing.

I have many backgrounds all vying for attention here.
- I am a business management consultant helping organizations become more effective at what they want to be, do, have.
- I am a cyberneticist in that I use Beer’s Viable Systems Model to diagnose dysfunctions in organizational processes and structure, and resolve them to maximize their viability.
- Until recently I was the architect of the e-Deliberation process, an on-line group deliberation platform.
- I also work with poverty stricken communities to help them bootstrap themselves unto a better place.
- I am remodeling the maple kitchen cabinets in my house on Vancouver Island, Canada. :)"


Chelsea Robinson Sun 2 Nov 2014 5:05AM

Also WELCOME to @gizemcandemirkilic

Would you like to introduce yourself?


Gizem Candemir Sun 2 Nov 2014 9:52PM

Hi, I'm interested in democratic decision making tools.


Alanna Irving Sun 2 Nov 2014 11:37PM

@jeandaniel - glad to have you! Please share your ideas for Loomio in the Feature Ideas group - looking forward to hearing about them!


[deactivated account] Sat 8 Nov 2014 6:23AM

Welcome @BenBurton! Thanks for providing us with an introduction - care to tell us a little more about yourself?

I learned about Loomio a few months ago and am starting to get invested in the tool. I would love to help the project grow in some fashion.


Ben Burton Sat 8 Nov 2014 7:50AM

I have a beard and wear a hat?


[deactivated account] Sat 8 Nov 2014 10:32PM

Thanks @BenBurton! I also occasionally wear a hat, but alas, no beard.

Welcome @oscarfonseca1! Would you be interested in telling us a little about yourself?


Òscar Fonseca Sat 8 Nov 2014 10:58PM

I'm a spanish software developer interested in collective intelligence, innovation management and how online communities are structured. Lately I'm focused on how extract useful information from online debates.

I think I can contribute with new ideas.


Ben Burton Sun 9 Nov 2014 12:28AM

@hannahsalmon :)

I've been working independently for years on a digital solution for the troubles we have in U.S. politics and somewhat recently ran across this software. I'm cometely reinvigorated by the potential of what we can do with Loomio. I'm really excited by the prospects.


Mary Jo Kaplan Sun 9 Nov 2014 3:06PM

@BenBurton Hi Ben, Where are you based? I'm in Providence, RI and met Loomio team last year when i spent some time in Wellington and am now working with them from the US.


Ben Burton Sun 9 Nov 2014 4:18PM

@mjkaplan Chicago, Il. I'm not sure what I can offer yet but I'm going to figure it out.


Mary Jo Kaplan Sun 9 Nov 2014 8:11PM

@BenBurton I have plans to be in Chicago mid-February.


Ben Burton Sun 9 Nov 2014 8:36PM

@mjkaplan Guess we'll have to set up a time to meet. It would be great to start networking with US based folks.


[deactivated account] Mon 10 Nov 2014 10:29PM

Please welcome our newest community members!

@salvadortelloalapo, @abelloblancoana - would you care to tell us a little about yourselves?


Hello, I am a teacher interested in alternative education. Now I am in Denmark as a volunteer and I am using loomio to still in contact with a group of people from a social movement to work in a project.

I’d like to know more about loomio community and show this tool to my students.


[deactivated account] Mon 10 Nov 2014 10:34PM

@salvadortelloalapo, in response to your question about importing contacts, I might direct you to this discussion: https://www.loomio.org/d/EdVSGFxa/new-feature-import-contacts.

When you click the "Invite people" button on the right-hand side of the group page there will be an option for importing google contacts underneath the email addresses field.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us. Alternatively you can start a discussion in the Help subgroup :)


[deactivated account] Tue 11 Nov 2014 10:49PM

Welcome to the community @neo! Thanks for the introduction :)

I live in the US and the government here seems terribly dysfunctional. I’ve been learning about things like facilitation, group decision making, and governance, and Loomio looks like a fascinating way to do some such things online.


[deactivated account] Fri 14 Nov 2014 2:15AM

Welcome @CamilleMosely! Thanks for the introduction!

I’m about to become a discussion facilitator, and I’d like to learn more and take part in discussions on loomio and it’s functionality


[deactivated account] Sun 16 Nov 2014 9:18AM

A big welcome to our new community members!!!


Hola a todos, soy de Madrid y quiero aprender más sobre el uso de loomio, con el fin de poder moderar grupos.


He creado un par de grupos para mi círculo en Bilbao y tengo muchas dudas que espero ver solucionadas. Es un grandísimo programa.


[deactivated account] Mon 17 Nov 2014 11:04PM

Welcome to the Loomio Community @sarra! Thank you for providing us with the following introduction:

Find out more about how groups on here work to see if my group could use this platform

Care to tell us a little more about yourself?

If you have any questions about Loomio please don't hesitate to get in touch :)


[deactivated account] Wed 19 Nov 2014 12:03AM

Please welcome our newest Loomio Community members!


Hi, I’m critically interested in online decision-making tools, and Loomio looks most promising. I’m an admin at an unusual and ambitious social/political discussion group
( https://www.facebook.com/groups/bridgethedivide/ ) and I’m working on my own crowdfunding project to stimulate more consensus and supermajority based culture, economy and government on all scales of social organization.

@josetxo, we'd love to hear a little about you and why you're hear if you would be willing to provide us with an introduction?


interested in loomio data


[deactivated account] Fri 21 Nov 2014 2:23AM

A big welcome to our newest community members! Wonderful to have new voices in here!


Sou um ativista politico e pretendo auxiliar grupos de pessoas a utilizarem a plataforma como instrumento de democracia participativa.


Me parece una excelente herramienta de comunicación grupal


robert green Fri 21 Nov 2014 3:08PM

Hello Loomites, or loomers, or loominosos or what have you, and thanks to @benjaminknight for the invite. i'm a digital video producer, both inside and outside of corporate structures and systems. i've launched various products over the years, including huff post live on the west coast of the US and various video channels, jash.com, vogue.com, wired.com etc. etc.

looking forward to seeing what can be done to make this the strongest collaboration tool in the world. i'm a more-features person, so that's probably what you're going to hear from me.


Mary Jo Kaplan Fri 21 Nov 2014 5:25PM

Hi @robertgreen. Welcome to the network! I'm a team member based in Providence, RI and working on strategy, funding and growth. I hear often that we need to do better/more story telling. It'd be amazing to capture digital stories from users around the world. Your thoughts?


robert green Fri 21 Nov 2014 7:34PM

hello @mjkaplan and thanks for the welcome! what would be of greatest benefit to Loomio's funding and growth in the short term would be a video that shows how loomio is being used in the "real world" right now. the power of this tool is in its use cases, and its use cases are exciting, interesting, and compelling. making this connection would be easy--using user-generated and found and news footage mixed with testimonials...8 or 9 minutes later, you have something pretty exceptional.

but i would say that. i produce video for a living! as they say: "to a hammer every problem looks like a nail."


Mary Jo Kaplan Fri 21 Nov 2014 9:03PM

Thanks @robertgreen for your quick and thoughtful reply. How feasible is iit to produce this with low/no budget? The value would be enormous but our resources are spread thin right now.


robert green Fri 21 Nov 2014 9:11PM

@mjkaplan it's probably one editor, one researcher, and one VO artist. you need to get the research done by someone for free inside loomio & friends, and the VO could be done by a Loomio person as well, so it just comes down to a REALLY good editor's time. i can ask around and see what i come up with, but assume you will have to pay that person something.

if you don't want to show this video on youtube or in public (e.g. if it is only for potential investors, embedded in a deck and so on) then you are able to use any images and music/sounds without licensing issues, so that's worth considering as well.


elaineX Fri 21 Nov 2014 9:15PM

Hmm interesting


[deactivated account] Wed 26 Nov 2014 8:44AM

Welcome new community members! Please make yourselves at home!

@hbz, would you care to tell us a little about yourself?


Hi, I’m a member of a few Loomio groups. I’m Interested in direct democracy, collaborative decision making, participatory communities and cooperatives. I’d like to fallow the development of Loomio, and in the future contribute myself and connect more people and related initiatives to the group.


Nos gustaría pertenecer al grupo para ampliar nuestros conocimientos. Gracias.


Hi there!

I’m interesting in the Loomio translation and development.



[deactivated account] Sun 30 Nov 2014 4:45PM

Please welcome our newest community member! Thank you for providing an introduction @laura52!

Soy periodista e investigadora. Estoy haciendo una tesis sobre construcción de conocimiento en “espacios de interacción” en entornos colaborativos. Esta herramienta es ideal para compartir y probar el modelo que estamos desarrollando. Un saludo.


Richard D. Bartlett Tue 2 Dec 2014 12:44AM

Welcome @toddscottanderson - great to have you join us :)

Hello, I’m an avid surfer in California with a background in software engineering for community-focused startups. Here are some projects I’ve been a part of that I’m very proud of: BeelineReader.com’s bookmarklet; Civinomics.com; theHomie.com (in development)


Richard D. Bartlett Tue 2 Dec 2014 12:47AM

Hey @alandavison welcome to the community and thanks for sharing :)

My name is Clark and I live in the UK.

I was looking for an open source or low-cost tool to facilitate group discussion, voting and decision making. Having drawn a blank I stumbled across Loomio. As a Software / Network Engineer who specialized in User Interface Design and testing many years ago I was very impressed with the early beta and became a supporter through the crowdfunding campaign.

Very much looking forward to testing the mobile version and putting it to good use for local (to me) SocEnt and non-profit purposes, and of course recommending the platform to commercial organisations wherever possible in the hope that they will “pay what they can” to help keep this excellent resource free.


Richard D. Bartlett Tue 2 Dec 2014 12:53AM

Also welcome to another crowdfunding contributor, @guillaumemarceau :)


Clark Davison Tue 2 Dec 2014 12:54AM

Hi Rich,

I have been looking forward to testing this early release for ages, November seemed to go so slowly for me but I doubt that was the case in "Loomio Land".

I have also been reading through the Future Funding topic, there is so much to read I have not yet worked my way through it all. I do have some ideas for revenue streams but will finish reading the topic before posting.

Just a quick question :

Do you have rough numbers for the number of people using Loomio on a country by country basis, for example here in the UK? This may hemp me to flesh out my "Funding" ideas.

Thanks again for all your hard work.



Todd Anderson Tue 2 Dec 2014 12:56AM

Hi, great to be here. First thing I'm doing is finding the discussion about monetizing options, I want to share an idea about gleaming a fee from of any crowdfunding the loomio platform may facilitate.
-Todd Anderson


Guillaume Marceau Tue 2 Dec 2014 1:00AM

Hi @richarddbartlett, I'm a software dev and an occupy activist here in New York. We're working on an eviction defense project, as well as creating a learning collective where domain expert in social justice can learn how to code of their own hands, instead of having to rely on the (sometimes misguided) generosity of professional developers.

I've been tracking loomio for quite a while. I'm really impressed with the new loomio with all you work. Congrats!


Richard D. Bartlett Tue 2 Dec 2014 1:01AM

Good question Clark - I've attached a map of logged in users over the past 24 hours, to give you a bit of an idea. (3000 people from 60 countries).

FYI here is the thread about future funding is here:


Alanna Irving Tue 2 Dec 2014 1:03AM

Welcome @colinengland !

Who am I? Just some guy massively interested in online collaboration and improving democracy through the use of tools such as Loomio. I’m also a student at Unitec learning how to code.


Inga Jensen Tue 2 Dec 2014 2:12AM

Hi All,

Thanks for adding me to the group!

Way back in the early days I worked with a great group of people putting directory.occupy.net together. These days most of my time is spent on the Occupy Together Facebook page.

Congratulations to everyone in getting Loomio to this point...it's truly a terrific accomplishment! I look forward to seeing our community grow and taking part in this exciting adventure.

In Solidarity,



Alanna Irving Tue 2 Dec 2014 5:31AM

Welcome @elimisteve !

Hi, I’m the one who just provided 15 points of feedback, not because I’m a hater, but because I want Loomio to be even more awesome than it already is :-) Co-founder of Santa Barbara Hackerspace

waves at you from Ojai

We love feedback!


[deactivated account] Tue 2 Dec 2014 1:21PM

Welcome @laurent2! Thanks so much for your contribution! Please make yourself at home.

After contributing with the crowdfunding compaign, I would like follow threads in the community.
Best regards,


Steve Phillips / @elimisteve Tue 2 Dec 2014 1:27PM

Hi @alanna, and thanks! Hello, all :-).

I've participated in the crowdfunding campaign, participated in Occupy, co-founded a non-profit (hackerspace), am a programmer, am an entrepreneur, and love democratizing forces... so, as you can imagine, I am all-kinds-of-excited when it comes to Loomio!

Great work on the 1.0 preview, and I look forward to using Loomio more and seeing what 1.0 becomes.


Alanna Irving Tue 2 Dec 2014 5:39PM

Welcome @lenaraverle !

I’m a Loomio supporter, looking forward to see it fully operational and would love to contribute to the process!


Alanna Irving Tue 2 Dec 2014 9:37PM

Welcome @samrye and @philipdouglass to the community!


Sam Rye Wed 3 Dec 2014 6:46AM

Kia ora koutou!

I'm incredibly lucky to call the core Loomio friends and peers - I work across our office space in Wellington, Aotearoa NZ on a social lab initiative called Lifehack (http://lifehackhq.co) which aims to improve youth wellbeing.

Personally I'm ecologically-minded, love having my fingers in the dirt and feeling the elements on my face, and am enjoying living and working shoulder to shoulder with the amazing humans I'm fortunate enough to have met and built things with here in New Zealand.

I'm an Unapologetic Generalist; currently geeking out on psychology, neuroscience, design, biomimicry, and a few other things besides.


Alanna Irving Wed 3 Dec 2014 5:16PM

Welcome @christineyancy !

I’m an administrator of an active discussion group on Facebook, Bridge the Divide, and would like to explore how Loomio could work to facilitate democracy in our running of the group.

Also welcome to these new people! Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

@dustinwoods @peteruithoven @anakegoodall @CoolBalla15 @benrosenthal @jan12 @dimitris @ralfharing


Greg Cassel Wed 3 Dec 2014 5:33PM

A very special welcome to you @christineyancy , my great colleague and friend. :)


Poll Created Wed 3 Dec 2014 8:52PM

Evenly split this proposal Closed Wed 3 Dec 2014 10:14PM

by Alanna Irving Mon 27 Feb 2017 10:22PM

This is not a testing discussion. This thread is for introducing new Loomio Community members.

I propose that we split halfway down the middle on this proposal. (or in other words ... testing testing 1 2 3)


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 40.0% 2 N T
Abstain 40.0% 2 JC MH
Disagree 20.0% 1 RH
Block 0.0% 0  

5 of 900 people have voted (0%)


Ralf Haring
Wed 3 Dec 2014 8:54PM

Terrible proposal. Who wrote this thing?


Joseph Cederwall
Wed 3 Dec 2014 9:34PM

I think we need to negotiate on this


Joseph Cederwall
Wed 3 Dec 2014 9:35PM

I think we need to negotiate on this


Mike Hargreaves
Wed 3 Dec 2014 9:35PM

I really dont care...


Mike Hargreaves Wed 3 Dec 2014 9:32PM

I can vote if you want to quarter it?

The stated position count is showing 3/646 rather than the 2 showing.


Christine Yancy Wed 3 Dec 2014 9:52PM

Thanks, Alanna and Greg! Greg and I have been administrators at the Bridge the Divide (BTD) Discussion Group for a year and a half. We have recently helped steer our fellow administrators away from authoritarian-style leadership, and want to encourage the group to be horizontally run. We understand the limitations of Facebook groups, and are interested in exploring various platforms, as well as theory related to consensus-style management and group process. Our experiences with the BTD group inform our views. Greg has some especially exciting project ideas, and I'm very interested in helping with what he's developing.

My background is in Library and Information Science. I have a masters degree in this subject, and in my past life (before staying at home with my three young kids) I worked for seven years as a University Librarian and Archivist at the University of Detroit Mercy, in Detroit, MI. I also have a bachelors degree in English. One of my most passionate guiding principles is upholding intellectual and academic freedom. I'm radically anti-censorship and in 2012, in a pivotal event for me personally, was actively involved in opposing book banning at my kids' high school. I love seeking truth (lifelong learning) and helping others achieve self actualization. I believe that everyone has something unique to teach me. The Loomio community might well be a good fit for me, and I'm excited to learn more about it.


Alanna Irving Wed 3 Dec 2014 10:16PM

Hey @ralfharing it's great that you want to play around with Loomio's features, but this particular thread is for introducing new community members. If you'd like help using features, please post in the Help subgroup. Thanks!


Ben Rosenthal Wed 3 Dec 2014 10:28PM

Thanks for your warm welcome, @alanna! I learned about Loomio at an Impossible hackathon at UC Berkeley last fall and I'm excited to join the community of users.

My group house of five has been unable to schedule a house meeting in the last several months, so I'm grateful for Loomio's public launch. It is serving as an appropriate venue for us to engage in some consensus-based decision-making as we express our needs and resolve our frustrations at home.

Professionally, I coach Mac users at all levels and I have developed a good reputation for providing useful UI and UX feedback on new apps. Last year I completed my MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts.


Alanna Irving Sat 6 Dec 2014 1:12AM



Developing for Alternativet (Danish political party)


I’m interested in your project. Currently trying to set up instance on my own server. I would like to contribute to the project and be active in its development.


[deactivated account] Sat 6 Dec 2014 10:11PM

Please welcome our newest community member @justinpierce!

I’m an indie video game developer that happens to have a lot of interest in fixing democracy.

Great to have you here!


Alanna Irving Mon 8 Dec 2014 9:16PM

Welcome @thomasschreiber !

I’m a developer at cel.ly. I’m interested in discussing the Loomio API (if it exists and if not the potential roadmap for building an API in the future).

The API is definitely on the roadmap - maybe @robertguthrie can say more about it?


Richard D. Bartlett Mon 8 Dec 2014 9:46PM

For the time being at least we're pointing people to this discussion to talk about the API. Basically we want to hear use cases in as much detail as possible, so it would be great if you could let us know what kind of integration you have in mind @thomasschreiber :)

cc: @robertguthrie


Steve Phillips / @elimisteve Mon 8 Dec 2014 9:50PM

@thomasschreiber See also https://github.com/loomio/loomio/issues/1530, which @robertguthrie linked me to in a discussion I can no longer find...


Steve Phillips / @elimisteve Mon 8 Dec 2014 10:17PM

<-- Too slow


Alanna Irving Tue 9 Dec 2014 3:43AM

Welcome @philipsteiner

I’m trying to promote the use of loomio to my local meshnet community where decision making is really not working well.


Alanna Irving Tue 9 Dec 2014 8:56PM

Welcome @adamjorlen !

Futurist and co-founder of the enkel collective - a co-operative in Perth, which explores new possibilities for Western Australia. Currently testing Loomio for our decision-making process.


[deactivated account] Sun 14 Dec 2014 10:38PM

Please welcome our new community members!

Welcome @acindino!

Soy un indignado ante la insensibilidad social

Welcome @salvadorpagaza1!

Goup coordinator, political, Galiza

Welcome @carlosgallogaravan!

Estoy utilizando Loomio para potenciar la Participación Ciudadana en Canarias - España y para ello desarrollé en español un tutorial y su anexo para facilitar su utilización y ambos se encuentran en internet.

Make yourselves at home!


[deactivated account] Thu 18 Dec 2014 1:12AM

Welcome new voices!

Welcome @Gabi Boss!

Gostaria de fazer parte do grupo para conhecer melhor suas funcionalidades

Welcome @andretakahashi!

Me interessa o desenvolvimento de ferramentas colaborativas voltadas para a democracia.

Welcome @enrica! Care to tell us a little about yourself, and why you were interested in joining the Loomio Community?

Welcome @erica1!

Learning more about how Loomio works!


Enrica Longo Thu 18 Dec 2014 11:51AM

thanks for accepting my request!
We're a newly born italian non profit association "Staisinergico" (www.staisinergico.it - still in progress). Our association works on the themes of coworking, sharing economy, social innovation.
As we're spread all over the region Apulia and I personally live and work in Berlin, we have been looking for a platform that could improve our workflow, communications and decisional process. I found out about Loomio through the CAPS2020 platform and i thought it was great: therefore we created a Staisinergico group and are now in the process of beginning to work on some projects using Loomio!
Looking forward for more to come!! and collaborate with you, from the user point of view, in improving it!


[deactivated account] Sun 21 Dec 2014 9:43PM

Please say hello to our new community members!

Welcome @jonaslagander!


I´m new in this and would like to know more about using Loomio

Welcome @egon@jenaspora.de and @alvaro! Care to tell us a little about yourselves?

Welcome @ahsanthakur!

I am ahsan ali thakur, I am the Vice chair person of youth Committee of ICA Asia and Pacific region and I recently started to use Loomio its a great app for my committee.
i just like to add my feedback and suggestion to the discussion.

Welcome @miguelafdezgaliano!

i’m trying to lear a bit about this tool for political use. i hope that this is a good place to start from


Ahsan Thakur Wed 24 Dec 2014 7:20AM

I just like to see this app flourish.
One of the suggestion is if you could create a schedule time table voting area. That would be great. Like for example, Doodle...
it makes life democratic and easy to conduct our meeting.


[deactivated account] Mon 29 Dec 2014 12:45AM

Welcome new members!


I am developer interested by the positive social changes that technology can bring to us.


CMO of an ad tech company. Looking forward to be using Loomio for our enterprise decision making. Lacking some weighted voting mechanism / bidding mechanism.
Looking forward to test the new version.


Looking forward to learn more and to participate.

Great to have you here!


[deactivated account] Thu 1 Jan 2015 12:17AM

Welcome @carol!

We want to use loomio for our community energy cooperative

Great to have you here. Please let us know if there's anything we can do to support your group :)


[deactivated account] Thu 8 Jan 2015 11:40PM

Please say a big warm welcome to our newest community members! Thank you all for providing introductions!

Welcome @drorzohar!

I am looking for new tools to support my community and social evolution work. What you folks are doing seems to be very much in line with what I am looking for. I want to explore your platform.

Let this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship :-)

Welcome @richarddillon!

I am one of the founding members of ethicalBay workers co-operative, which is co-creating a co-operatively owned online ethical marketplace.
Here is our splash page http://www.ethicalbay.coop
we are also on Twitter @ethicalbay
Delighted to be part of the Loomio community

Welcome @henkdaalder!

Just started a new group, and finding out how all this works!


Hi, I’m the IT/Designer guy for the Brussels local Attac group


[deactivated account] Fri 9 Jan 2015 8:22AM

I'm really exited by this angular angular version ;) But it's still quite buggy. I've reported bugs to github as I know the tool pretty well but maybe it would be nice to provide a way for non techy people to submit theirs and suggestion in a easy way, no? Maybe It exist and missed it?

Congratz for all the work though, it rocks :)


Rob Guthrie Fri 9 Jan 2015 9:24PM

Thanks Boris. Glad to hear you're excited about it. We're still on holiday in NZ - we know there are a lot of the issues with the system, there is still quite a lot of development to go . Because of this, individual bug reports at this stage might not be so useful, but we do appreciate the effort and support.


Steve Phillips / @elimisteve Fri 9 Jan 2015 9:34PM

@robertguthrie Bug reports aren't useful at this stage? Why would that be? Thanks.


Rob Guthrie Fri 9 Jan 2015 9:53PM

In short - it's not the feedback we feel is useful at this stage.

There is work involved in keeping up with them (bug reports). A lot of what you see in the angular version is not what we want it to be - meaning we still have some very important pieces of functionality to add.

We think that we know what most of the bugs are already - we're using this ourselves.

In any case we're not really interested in the bugs we don't know about until all the major functionality is in there. If we look at them we're taking time away from big stuff. So it makes sense to do them later.

We do want bug reports when we think we're approaching a real release, but until then it seems like a bad use of everyones energy.


[deactivated account] Mon 12 Jan 2015 7:42AM

Well, since you're using github issues, i guess we can at least use that channel right?
Otherwise we'll have to keep track ourselves of the potential bugs and manually see if they get fixed over time.


Rob Guthrie Mon 12 Jan 2015 10:32PM

I'd be ok to reconsider this if It means we get more contributions and collaborators... I was thinking in a pretty uncollaborative way I guess.


[deactivated account] Tue 13 Jan 2015 3:42AM

Welcome @danielkasak! Thank you for providing an introduction - sounds like you're in the right place. Make yourself at home :)

I’m a software engineer, musician, and activist. I’m interested in using Loomio in various political organisations I’m a member of, and hopefully also contributing some code.


Steve Phillips / @elimisteve Tue 13 Jan 2015 3:48AM

@robertguthrie As not-community-driven as the Loomio building process has been thus far, because us programmers who use Loomio aren't submitting pull requests? Sorry!

@robertguthrie Really, REALLY important question (which I've asked other Loomio members) that I want your take on -- what do you need to complete Loomio 1.0 ASAP? Pull requests, and donations to fund code-making? Are those the main 2?


Rob Guthrie Tue 13 Jan 2015 4:59AM

@elimisteve I know you're really keen to help, but I'm on holiday after working really hard up to the end of last year.

Work will really pick up in Feb, but until then I personally don't have time to answer your requests.

The roadmap is the most up to date place for progress.

We're excited to open up the development processes as much as feels productive to us. @jameskiesel is taking on the role of supporting open source contributors. It seems like 2015 is going to be a promising year for real open source contributions, and we hope to help it thrive, but you might just need to be patient because of the specific time of year.


Steve Phillips / @elimisteve Tue 13 Jan 2015 7:26AM

@robertguthrie You've kicked ass and have personally added hundreds and hundreds of thousands of lines of code to Loomio, which is amazing -- please recharge and enjoy your break! :-)

I'll think of more precise questions and maybe we can tend to them later.


Matthew Bartlett Wed 14 Jan 2015 7:51AM

@elimisteve Donations to help speed up the completion of Loomio 1.0 would certainly be welcome! You can do that through our crowdfunding page (which is still live), or if that doesn’t suit drop me a note (matthew.bartlett@loomio.org) and we’ll figure something out :)


Rob Guthrie Wed 14 Jan 2015 7:59PM

@elimisteve just for the record, I've contributed a lot of code recently.. but the hundreds of thousands of lines are actually libraries that I copied in, then removed (which also counts as lines of work) as I was trying to solve the problem of deploying the angular system.

In fact, it was sloppy work done under time pressure. It might be possible to remove those commits from the tree to clean up the statistics.


Steve Phillips / @elimisteve Wed 14 Jan 2015 8:27PM

Thanks @matthewbartlett.

@robertguthrie Fair enough.

Anyway, great work @matthewbartlett, Max Irving, @jessedoud, @simontegg, @hannahsalmon, @jonlemmon, @aaronthornton, @alanna, @robertguthrie, and others for your code and documentation contributions to Loomio in 2014!


[deactivated account] Sun 18 Jan 2015 9:54PM

Welcome @rickmendes! Thank you for the introduction!

I’m interested in federated web, #indieweb, and their use for grassroots movements. i have never used Loomio particularly for any reason, but i might introduce it at my job one of these days.

Welcome @emilolewilliamkirk! Care to introduce yourself?


[deactivated account] Thu 22 Jan 2015 8:50AM

Welcome @mal-eps!

We’re using Loomio to vote in EuroPython work groups. EuroPython is a large European Python conference.

Based on our experience and needs, I have some suggestions for improvements.


Sounds like you might be interested in joining our Feature ideas subgroup. We also have a public roadmap which documents what's coming up in our development pipeline.

Welcome @sarahnguyen! Care to introduce yourself? We would love to hear from you :)


[deactivated account] Mon 26 Jan 2015 9:46AM

Please welcome our newest members!

Welcome @tomwragg! Would you care to tell us a little about yourself?

Welcome @denjello! Thanks so much for providing us with an introduction!

I am an artist, author and media activist. I’ve been tasked with testing LOOMIO on our intranet for a non-profit with about 180 active members in Hamburg, Germany: http://das-gaengeviertel.info
My usual stack is linux / nodejs / jade / less / bash, but I’ll hack a bit of C++ if there is a need for speed. I’m a bit new to Ruby, but its all good.
In a love/hate relationship with ARM SoC’s and VPU’s.


Richard D. Bartlett Mon 26 Jan 2015 9:18PM

Great to have you in here @denjello - I've loved your contributions on Github :)


James Kiesel Tue 27 Jan 2015 11:14PM

Hey @denjello, super happy about your enthusiasm around Loomio lately. If you wanted to shoot an email address to james at loomio dot org, I'd love to set up a time we can chat about what areas of contribution might interest you.


[deactivated account] Thu 29 Jan 2015 7:13PM

Welcome to the community @diegosantamariamat! Care to tell us a little about yourself and what brings you here?

Welcome @ernestpayamontlleo!

Hola a todos/as, soy administrador de algunos grupos, y me parece una excelente herramienta participativa. Un abrazxo

Welcome @jakubbukaj!

I am a hacker interested in digital democracy. I’ve come across Loomio and am evaluating how it can be used for empowering people in being more involved in governance of all sorts. Would like to join the discussions.

Welcome @presley!

I’m considering using Loomio for my Burning Man camp and I’d like to get involved with the code at some point. I love the way this community works and I know I’ll want to follow some of its discussions.


Presley Fri 30 Jan 2015 12:31AM

Hi everyone, thanks for the welcome! I was thinking it might be useful for me to document the questions I had about how Loomio works that weren't on the help page before I forget and it all feels obvious :). This discussion is relevant but old; should I post there or elsewhere?


Denjello Fri 30 Jan 2015 12:00PM

Hi @presley - I started a thread similar to what you mention, but it is more focused on the technical aspects of Loomio. Why don't you start your own thread too?


Richard D. Bartlett Sun 1 Feb 2015 7:30PM

Welcome @presley! It would be so so great to hear what your questions were when you first started using Loomio.

We're underway on a documentation project to make the software as easy as possible to use, so your perspective would be a great insight :)


[deactivated account] Sun 1 Feb 2015 9:12PM

Welcome to the Loomio community @gorka5! Care to tell us a few words about yourself?


Gorka Mon 2 Feb 2015 2:01PM

Hi Hannah. I'm a teacher and a multiactivist. I'm in Loomio because it's an good tool to discuss and I use it to discuss and vote in our organitzation when it's dificult to meet or vote in person.


[deactivated account] Tue 3 Feb 2015 10:15AM

Welcome @olover! Please make yourself at home :)

I have been looking for something like Loomio for a long time and am glad it now exists! I also believe in collective contributions to keep improving it and I’d love to be part of that.


Andrej Stanič Thu 5 Feb 2015 6:17PM

Hey guys

I'm new to the group, my girlfriend and I recently stumbled upon Loomio and we immediately saw immense applicability of this tool to just about anything you can think of.

We're both active members of a leftist political party, into which we're going to implant Loomio as out main means of communication.

We're short on the tech knowledge about back-end stuff like the actual installation of Loomio (but so far, Hannah has been kind enough and patient with my questions), so we're taking it one step at a time.



[deactivated account] Thu 5 Feb 2015 8:05PM

Welcome @andrejstanic! Great to have you in here :)


Joum Fri 6 Feb 2015 3:33AM

@andrejstanic If you are interested in the political idea of direct democracy facilitated by the internet, please consider joining Global direct democracy working group


[deactivated account] Fri 6 Feb 2015 11:29PM

Welcome @gust! Would you be interested in telling us a few words about yourself?


[deactivated account] Mon 9 Feb 2015 1:54AM

Welcome @niccolo! Thanks for providing an introduction :)

Hi - I am involved in setting up a community of cultural innovators across the mediterranean - we are looking for secure online decision making applications to use


[deactivated account] Mon 9 Feb 2015 7:58PM

Welcome @mandygabor! Thank you for your introduction!

Nyugdíjas könyvtáros, aki még szeretne valamit tenni az országért

Please make yourself at home.


[deactivated account] Tue 10 Feb 2015 2:03AM

Hi @raj2! Welcome! Thanks for providing an introduction :)

I ve been involved in IT for 20 years with considerable infrastructure, Web dev, cloud SDLC and worked on the periphery of open source project in my spare time. FOr some time I have been exploring democratic decision making systems which vest the power of decision making directly in the hands of people instead of representatives. I hope I may contribute to Loomio to bring our shared learnings together.


[deactivated account] Thu 12 Feb 2015 1:02AM

Welcome @naught101! Great to have you here :)

Just a user/FOSS fanatic. Using Loomio for organising a makerspace.


Denjello Fri 20 Feb 2015 8:47PM

Just thought I would mention: "Happy Open Data Day!"

And for those who have problems with the military-industrial complex:


[deactivated account] Fri 20 Feb 2015 11:04PM

Please say hello to our newest community members!
Welcome @hannahkowalski!

hi from hamburg

Hello from Aotearoa New Zealand :)

Welcome @noamlevy!

As a certified Co-Play© consultant and team member, I’m excited and very interested to learn hoe Loomio can fit to our mehodologies and practices of brainstorming and decision making process.
So far it seems practical and simple to use, wich is what we are looking for.

Welcome @Nicorr!

Hello !

I currently lead a mobile game called “City Domination” (1M downloads).

I recently started to invite my community on Loomio, to make a more participative conception for new features. It has been so far (~2 weeks) a real success, so we are exited to dig further into collaboration.

I am also intrigued by open-source developpement and new ways to run organizations =)
I will be glad to contribute to the Loomio project, by discussing and maybe contributing to the software.

Best regards,



Richard D. Bartlett Fri 20 Feb 2015 11:10PM

I love the idea of democratically organised city domination :P


[deactivated account] Mon 23 Feb 2015 3:46AM

Welcome to the community @xandergroeneveld! Awesome to have you here!

Hey all, My name is Xander I’m developer who is interested in contributing to meaningful open source projects. I work full stack and have extensive experience with rails, backbone, node, responsive css, app deployments and a moderate amount of devops experience. I hope I can help out and excited to dive deeper into angular. O and I’ve also had a fair amount of experience with the rails asset pipeline and setting up CDN’s.


Richard D. Bartlett Mon 23 Feb 2015 4:40AM

Sounds like some great skills @xandergroeneveld - check Loomio out on Github if you want to explore the codebase further :)


[deactivated account] Wed 25 Feb 2015 10:46PM

Please welcome @andivida(!), who provided the following introduction:

I wish to learn more about the loomio.

Please let us know if we can answer any specific Loomio questions :)


[deactivated account] Thu 26 Feb 2015 8:25AM

hi alll :) I'm a member of a new ngo group in Szeged / South Hungary. We have organized a conference, the first one of other similar Hungarian movements, civil organizations. Our first group was dedicated to organize this conference.
Finished it, I want to "archive" it partially: leaving there only some of the adequate topics, and want to save, archive the other ones. Then create a new group to the second conference, to continue the organizing.

I couldn't find any solution to archive topics (searching in loomio, googling etc.), so I've saved them in word (foolish method, I know :) ) - then I've deleted them, and rename our original group.

Is there any good solution to solve this?

Thanks for your kind welcoming :)


[deactivated account] Thu 5 Mar 2015 8:27PM

Hi @andivida, apologies for the delay! Currently there is no functionality in Loomio for archiving discussions, however it has been discussed at length in the Feature Ideas subgroup, and there is a card for it in our public roadmap (which documents what's coming up in our development pipeline). Right now, we’re focused on finishing the transition to Loomio 1.0, but we’ll be digging into designing and developing functionality users want later in the year :)


[deactivated account] Thu 5 Mar 2015 8:36PM

We have some new community members joining us!

Please welcome @robertbest, who provided us with this introduction:

I use Loomio with the Metamaps.cc team. Would love to join this group.

And welcome @David! Care to tell us a little bit about yourself?


[deactivated account] Thu 5 Mar 2015 8:36PM

Please welcome @alisondonovan!

Hi - I am new to Loomio and wanted to ask a question that isn’t answered on the help page? I am having trouble opening attachments. My .docx file opens in another browser tab as gobbledygook!

Hi Alison, it sounds like it could be a browser issue - are you able to save the file, and then open it using Word?

If you have any other technical questions about Loomio, or if you experience any further problems, please feel free to send an email to contact@loomio.org, or post them in our Help subgroup :)


Greg Cassel Thu 5 Mar 2015 9:22PM

I think there's a possible workaround for the current inability to archive discussions, but please correct me @hannahsalmon (or anyone) if I'm missing something. Coordinators could create a 'mirror group' (or subgroup) for 'Group X', with the same membership, and give it a name such as "Archives for Group X". They could then move any desired topics from Group X to the archives group.

This is obviously an imperfect solution, and would require some maintenance to keep the group memberships reasonably in synch. However, if and when Loomio develops an 'internal archiving' feature for groups, it would be possible in theory to move discussions back from 'Archives for Group X' to 'Group X'.


Carlos Gallo Garavano Fri 6 Mar 2015 2:23PM


Mary Jo Kaplan Fri 6 Mar 2015 7:44PM

@carlosgallogaravan really interesting!


[deactivated account] Fri 6 Mar 2015 10:30PM

Welcome @ziga!

we are a bunch of slovenians, working on an edemocracy project

Please make yourself at home :)


elaineX Sat 7 Mar 2015 2:45PM

The only issue with that is integrity of officiality and arguments along those veins.


Greg Cassel Sat 7 Mar 2015 5:57PM

@elaineclermont can you please clarify which comment or comments you were referring to?


[deactivated account] Mon 9 Mar 2015 5:18AM

Please welcome @martinwilliamjudd, who provided this introduction:

Im Martin Judd , a kiwi living in the uk and a supporter of loomio and want to see it released on Ethereum!

Thanks for that! Great to have you here!


[deactivated account] Tue 17 Mar 2015 7:25AM

Welcome new community members!

Welcome @marcel2!

me gustaria participar en general y conocer loomio.org mas gracias.

Welcome @transitionmaike!

I’m a user of online-tools to facilitate activities in my community-based Transition-initiative in Berlin, but also searching for tools to help organise alternative economy-events like conferences and similar crowd-cooperation-projects where a lot of decision making and communication is necessary for people who are not always able to meet face to face.


[deactivated account] Tue 17 Mar 2015 3:47PM

@hannahsalmon Thank you for the welcome!
I joined this group because I am part of the Berlin group preparing the Open Source Circular Economy Days (osced2015.org) where I want to hold a workshop on open source event-planning tools for the kind of people I normally work with, that is for non-techie self-organized grass roots groups who have at times little experience in organizing their events. I want to enable them to do this more easily so they have more time to focus on their ideas to better this world together, and to help them with consensus decision making so they make better balanced decisions (this is why I love the four hand-symbols including the differentiation between disagree and veto).
I am no techie myself, but have much experience in decions making and group coordination porcesses.


[deactivated account] Tue 24 Mar 2015 5:25AM

Welcome @fernandogarcia1! Long time friend of Loomio!

Hello everybody,

I’m nando, a web developer living in Madrid (Spain) that last July try to implement a little Loomio improvement that needed a small translation change. Rich “Decibels” told me about Transifex and this group and I tried to make the translation changes myself.

I think Loomio is an amazing tool and will keep trying to contribute with it as much as I can.

In this photo I’m with the (injured) person that first told me about Loomio, Rai (Raimond García), together at the first PODEMOS Democratic BBQ, first informal meeting of the tech people (Círculo TIC) of the PODEMOS party at Madrid.

It’s a pleasure to be part of something like Loomio. Thank you to all of you that make it possible.

– nando


Richard D. Bartlett Tue 24 Mar 2015 7:55PM

Yay nando!


@colgado (nando) Wed 25 Mar 2015 7:22AM

Buenas Rich,

I didn't know that your second cousin will be talking at the Rails Conf!!! :-D

http://railsconf.com/program#prop_1115 ( http://railsconf.com/program#prop_1115 )

You've got an awesome family ;)

-- nando

El 24 de marzo de 2015, 20:56, Richard D. Bartlett (Loomio) escribió:

Yay nando!

Responde a este correo electrónico directamente o velo en www.loomio.org ( https://www.loomio.org/d/LuAlGpC3/introduce-yourself-to-the-loomio-community?utm_campaign=thread_mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_source=new_comment#comment-582300 ).

Desactivar el correo electrónico ( https://www.loomio.org/email_actions/unfollow_discussion/2644/cVjdx_wJqJ5PNj1eyezj ) para esta discusión.

Cambia tus preferencias de correo electrónico ( https://www.loomio.org/email_preferences?unsubscribe_token=cVjdx_wJqJ5PNj1eyezj&utm_campaign=thread_mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_source=new_comment ) para darte de baja de estos correos electrónicos.


@colgado (nando) Wed 25 Mar 2015 8:56AM

Sorry Rich, she's Barrett, not Bartlett. :(

--Fernando García Samblasfernando.garcia@the-cocktail.com ( fernando.garcia@the-cocktail.com )

The Cocktail
c/ Salamanca 17
28020 Madrid
+34 91 567 06 05

www > http://the-cocktail.com ( http://the-cocktail.com )

2015-03-25 8:22 GMT+01:00 Fernando Garcia Samblas :

Buenas Rich,

I didn't know that your second cousin will be talking at the Rails Conf!!! :-D

http://railsconf.com/program#prop_1115 ( http://railsconf.com/program#prop_1115 )

You've got an awesome family ;)

-- nando

El 24 de marzo de 2015, 20:56, Richard D. Bartlett (Loomio) escribió:

Yay nando!

Responde a este correo electrónico directamente o velo en www.loomio.org ( https://www.loomio.org/d/LuAlGpC3/introduce-yourself-to-the-loomio-community?utm_campaign=thread_mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_source=new_comment#comment-582300 ).

Desactivar el correo electrónico ( https://www.loomio.org/email_actions/unfollow_discussion/2644/cVjdx_wJqJ5PNj1eyezj ) para esta discusión.

Cambia tus preferencias de correo electrónico ( https://www.loomio.org/email_preferences?unsubscribe_token=cVjdx_wJqJ5PNj1eyezj&utm_campaign=thread_mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_source=new_comment ) para darte de baja de estos correos electrónicos.


[deactivated account] Tue 31 Mar 2015 11:40PM

A big welcome to our new Loomio Community members!

Welcome @olgasantoro! Care to tell us a little more about yourself?

Grupos de trabajo de Cambiemos Villalba

Welcome @martyspida!

Hi. I would like to join this group so that I may make comments on the Help documentation, and give feedback on Loomio (which I love and community groups I am in use heaps).

We would love to hear your feedback re. the Help documentation! The feedback discussion is here :)


[deactivated account] Sat 4 Apr 2015 9:16PM

Please welcome some lovely new people!

@anemariegasser and @rmccauley, care to tell us a little about yourselves?


R McCauley Sat 4 Apr 2015 10:29PM

Just started into this thing, I like the concept, so I'm exploring its potential applications and such, though with all the schoolwork I have I'm not sure how involved I'll be at any given point


[deactivated account] Thu 9 Apr 2015 12:00AM

A big warm welcome to our newest community members:

Welcome @janepurvis!

I am a public engagement advisor with the City of Edmonton and I want to explore how we can use Loomio.

Welcome @feesable!

Longterm geek and interested in Loomio as a platform for social change, but new to organising direct actions and would benefit from the advice of others with greater experience.
My group here is https://www.loomio.org/g/rZ83MAqx/sunday-afternoon-activists-club-saac and I’m planning this if anyone’s interested in participating http://www.reallybigroadtrip.com/nomadseoi/
Thanks, fee.


[deactivated account] Thu 23 Apr 2015 12:52AM

Please welcome our newest community members!

Welcome @antonioargoteberte!

Amateur coder, amateur filmmaker

Welcome @rowenaskinner1!

Greens member and interest in consensus decisions

Welcome @benjaminmelancon!

Hello! Loomio supporter for quite some time, not yet using it, but i think i’ll be allowed to participate here? (And so use Loomio!)

My goal is to pair democratic mass communication with democratic decisionmaking— so adding the part for how people hear about problems and goals for which decisions should be made and actions taken in the first place. But busy just earning a living for now.

Thank you for providing introductions. Please make yourselves at home!


[deactivated account] Thu 23 Apr 2015 2:40AM

Welcome to the Loomio community @davidbrydon! Thanks for providing us with a few words:

innovator - explorer
Keen to part of the new age of business management.


[deactivated account] Tue 28 Apr 2015 9:42PM

Welcome @ohrar! Thanks very much for providing us with an introduction. Please make yourself at home :)

Thank you for your work. I am interested in new collaboration software and would like to join the group to try loomio and read what other users say.
Best regards, Ohrar


[deactivated account] Mon 4 May 2015 5:30AM

Welcome to the community @petrosatfreelab!

Coming back to more active use of Loomio, so I need to get into the loop as well. :-)

Care to tell us a little more about yourself?


[deactivated account] Thu 7 May 2015 11:19PM

Please say a big warm welcome our newest community members!

Welcome @macroneabe!

I’m really interested in Loomio as an open-source, ethical, privacy-aware alternative for community activism and organisation.

And welcome @amelialoye!

I care about community, sustainability and representative government. I believe if we work together we can do great things. I’m a social scientist engaging community and stakeholders for Government. I also help Open and prepare Government to listen. I’ve also created a small business called engage2 so I can work with like minded people whose skills compliment mine so I can do what I do better.

Thank you both for providing us with an introduction!


[deactivated account] Mon 18 May 2015 3:32AM

Welcome to the Loomio Community @olivermintersolvol! Thank you for your introduction:

I already use Loomio for our our political party “Online Direct Democracy” (formally Senator Online) in Australia. We have just been given the go ahead from the AEC to contest the 2016 Australian Federal Election, whilst “The Australian Democrats” have been de-registered by the AEC (Australian Electoral Commission). I wish to ask someone in a loomio forum about how to use Video Conferencing Software for large groups of people. We need to find a sofware system that automatically queues people up so that EVERYONE can have a chance to talk, in a civilized & efficient manner.

This sounds like it could be a good thing to explore in the Group Coordinators Loomio group - a Loomio Community subgroup dedicated to the sharing of facilitation tips and tricks, and collaborative problem solving.


Amelia Loye Mon 18 May 2015 3:47AM

Hi Oliver - Maestro Conferencing are keen on getting involved in open gov and digital democracy. I spoke to Brian, one of the founders, about this last year. I suspect he'll be pretty open to an pro-bono or low cost trial run. Amelia


[deactivated account] Fri 22 May 2015 9:29PM

Please welcome our newest Loomio Community members!

Welcome @carlosrodriguez2! Thank you for providing us with an introduction!

I am member of an small asociation (80 members) of amateur astronomers in Spain.
We are testing Loomio for use by the group.

Welcome @damonmeledones! Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?


Damon Meledones Fri 22 May 2015 11:35PM

Hello, all! Part of a small group of people (80 members) trying to get an organization off the ground. We're geographically diverse and looking for a platform to build consensus and make decisions with. So far so good!


Oliver Minter Sat 23 May 2015 11:57AM

hi everyone - thankyou so much for your incredibly speedy replies and offers of support. i have written a reminder on my "to do list" to come back and talk with you about the issue i raised - however right now im swamped with work for the Online Direct Democracy party! we are very short staffed at the moment - but as each day goes by we are getting more organised... Thanks again for your replies - i promise i will be in touch over the next 14 days. Regards Oliver Minter.


Oliver Minter Thu 28 May 2015 4:39AM

OK my original question that I wanted to ask the Loomio Software Development team - was this:

There currently seems to be NO video conferencing software in the whole world that can queue people up automatically in a realtime democratic way to speak for large groups of people. Our Australian political Party - "Online Direct Democracy" formally "Senator Online" - currently uses the Google Hangout Software for Video Conferencing for our own Internal Party decision making - with groups of up to 11 people. We also (of course) use Loomio itself to make decisions. Loomio is far far easier to make decisions than Video conferencing - but occasionally we need to gather everyone in the same cyberspace at the same time to collectively solve a problem. (And it feels nice - to actually "see" and "hear" people - it fosters a sense of trust - and you can more easily understand people's personalities)

So I am wondering whether LOOMIO could create a PAID PREMIUM SERVICE for its clients that would include Video Conferencing for large groups of people. Some of the things that we as a party require this future software to do is to automatically queue people up for speaking. By this I mean for example "Anne" is currently talking and has been talking for about 3mins... Towards the end of her speech she suddenly inspires 4 others to reply to her or to raise a similar topic/idea. Currently as Google Hangout works - ALL 4 start trying to talk after Anne has finished. This leads to some microphones being muted - and general confusion - and a lot of - "oh sorry you go" etc etc... Could there be a solution to this? Could the solution be that as Anne was talking that Tom, Peter, Paul & Mary press a green button called NEXT as soon as they have an idea and want to talk? If Mary pressed the button 2 seconds before Tom - then Mary would automatically be queued up to speak next, followed by Tom etc etc. Everyone would see on the screen who is queued up next.... You could even have a time limit warning on each speaker - a clock countdown or polite reminder that you maybe "hogging" the meeting.

It would also be good if you could have a “like” button or a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" button - to use WHILST people are speaking….which would give realtime feedback to the speaker without 15 people trying to all say at once “yes - i agree with you”...

So does anyone think this could be possible?

Kind regards,
Oliver Minter
Online Direct Democracy Party (Australia)


[deactivated account] Fri 29 May 2015 1:52AM

Welcome to the Loomio Community @nisjorgensen1! Thank you for introducing yourself:

I am interested in using Loomio for decision making processes for many organisations which I am a member of.

I would like to test out hosting Loomio myself …

Our installation documentation is viewable here, and we recommend joining our Installing Loomio subgroup, as you can post any installation questions you might have in there. And please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have further questions :)


Joum Sat 30 May 2015 11:03PM

@OliverMinter This thread is a great place to see new people. I would suggest your idea about video conferencing might better suit people in the Feature Ideas subgroup. You could join the group, start a new conversation about your idea, and post the link back here.


Oliver Minter Sun 31 May 2015 5:01AM

Thanks @lbjoum - i have now done that....


[deactivated account] Thu 11 Jun 2015 1:13AM

Welcome to the Loomio Community @joanma!

Would you care to tell us a little about yourself and why you were interested in joining this group?


[deactivated account] Tue 16 Jun 2015 10:03PM

Hi Loomio Community! Please welcome our newest community members!

Welcome @lou2!

HI. I can help the project interface.

Welcome @christianstorstein!

I am the digital engagement manager for the Scottish government and I am interested in using Loomio as a tool for engagement with citizens.

Thank you both for providing us with an introduction. Please make yourselves at home.


[deactivated account] Wed 24 Jun 2015 12:45AM

Welcome to the Loomio Community group @barnabyflynn! Thank you so much for providing such a detailed introduction:


I am investigating ways we can find our common humanity in the face of global threats. And I am a total nature nut.

I have a few questions regarding Loomio to see if it will be the best tool to use for our Global People Power project and to explore potential collaboration between us.

Global People Power is still in development and yet to be officially launched but the concept has recently become live. It is a globally participative democratic process focussing on creating just fifteen global policies to solve humanities’ most urgent global problems; problems such as climate change, war, inequality and the power that multi-national corporations wield over national governments. In order to avoid a first mover competitive disadvantage, the “Big 15” will be implemented by nations around the world in a synchronised and cooperative way. Global People Power is also a campaign and voting strategy to drive governments to cooperate.

Included in the democratic processes will be thinking tools in the form of emoticons to facilitate collaborative debate, systemic thinking and value awareness and honouring.

I have been attending Occupy and Occupy Democracy as I believe that the online process must be complimented by regular monthly, globally networked street demonstrations of our evolving democracy.

Can you please advise me? What I am looking for is a process that integrates Liquid Democracy and an intelligent participatory process like your own which we can use to create the Big 15? It will need to be open source so that it can be adapted to integrate the thinking tool icons within debate text, limit the number of proposals people can make (if necessary) and amend the timings of proposal-to-debate-to-voting of policy. Does the operating system you are building support these demands? How can we mutually support each other’s campaigns?


[deactivated account] Wed 29 Jul 2015 10:44PM

A big warm welcome to @christinatyson14! Thank you for providing us with an introduction:

Interested in knowing more about Loomio and how others are using it to help discussion and decision making.

In terms of finding out more about how others are using Loomio, you might also be interested in taking a look at this Loomio Community subgroup for group coordinators: https://www.loomio.org/g/7jWVDr04/loomio-community-group-coordinators. It is a public group for group coordinators (but accessible to anyone) to share information about how they're using Loomio and what's working, assist one another and collaborate.


[deactivated account] Tue 4 Aug 2015 2:32AM

Welcome to the Loomio community @stevehardt! Thank you for introducing yourself:

I'm a software engineer interested in decision-making tools and furthering the growth of e-democracy worldwide. Eager to see how Loomio is used.

Please make yourself at home. You might also be interested in taking a look at our Loomio Community subgroup for group coordinators: https://www.loomio.org/g/7jWVDr04/loomio-community-group-coordinators. It is described in the previous introduction.


Joum Tue 4 Aug 2015 4:59AM

Hello @stevehardt

As you are interested in decision-making tools and furthering the growth of e-democracy worldwide you might be interested in the Global DD group here on loomio. I am from an Australian registered political party called Online Direct Democracy and we are preparing for an Australian election within a year. My thoughts regarding Actuated e-democracy are developing and soon I will be keen to share them with people as a test of their ability to work.

So love if you would join us. It is an open group.


Bernard Brunet Tue 4 Aug 2015 5:53AM

Bonjour, je m'appelle Bernard et je vis dans le sud de la France. Je milite dans les réseaux des communs et Pair à Pair, de l'économie collaborative et de la transition écologique.
Beaucoup de discussions m'intéressent sur Loomio mais j'aimerais plus de discussions en français.
Je pense en tous cas que Loomio est un outil fantastique pour construire collectivement des solutions durables pour le monde de demain.

Hello, my name is Bernard and I live in the south of France. I am active in the commons networks and P2P, sharing economy and ecological transition.
Many discussions on loomio interest me but I would like more discussions in French.
I think in any case that loomio is a fantastic tool to collectively build sustainable solutions for tomorrow's world.


[deactivated account] Fri 14 Aug 2015 4:21AM

Welcome back @cndiv!

Hello Loomio team!

I've actually been a part of this team before, and miss it.

Would you care to tell us all a little more about yourself Chip?


Benjamin Knight Fri 14 Aug 2015 5:02AM

Great to see you again Chip! We missed you too :)


Chip Deubner Wed 19 Aug 2015 9:01PM

@benjaminknight! So good to hear from you as well!

Here's a quick introduction. I love this project and all Enspiral is up to. I think, completely honestly, that Loomio is have one of the world's most important free software projects. Plus, I'm beyond excited about the future of Cobudget. Both are so needed in so many ways.

To the point where I'm actually investing as much time in my life as possible at learning Ruby. I'm sick of not being able to contribute whole-heartedly to projects, and I'm going to learn so I can. (Any advice on that, reach out, @cndiv on Twitter.)

A little about me. I'm from the USA, I'm from St. Louis, Missouri, and I currently live in Oakland and work in San Francisco. I worked for the Wikimedia Foundation for 4.5 years, where I met @alanna and @benjaminknight as I argued for, and we started using Loomio internally.

I'm going to dig down and find out how Loomio is organized, but if it's acceptable for me to be around (silently, as I can't help yet) on how the project moves forward, I'd love to just listen and watch a team in action.

Thanks all!


Benjamin Knight Wed 19 Aug 2015 10:06PM

@cndiv Chip that is seriously so humbling to hear, given that you've spent the last 4.5 years working on one of the most impressive and important achievements of human collaboration OF ALL TIME :)

Really really stoked that you're keen to get involved! Please lurk as much as you like, and let's have another chat some time soon


[deactivated account] Wed 19 Aug 2015 11:37PM

Welcome @hamishlow! Fantastic to have your voice in here, Hamish! Would you care to tell the community a little about what you're about? I reckon they would be stoked to hear it!


Hamish Low Thu 20 Aug 2015 12:24AM

¡Kia ora tatou, hola de tod@s!

I'm Hamish, currently in Colombia and soon to start work with an amazing organisation Peace Brigades International (PBI) as a Field Volunteer for the next 18 months. I've been enamoured of this organisation for some time - PBI uses consensus in every level of decisionmaking (and has done so for 31 years, here lies the parallel with Loomio) - though as I haven't started yet it's important to mention that I'm not here in any official organisational capacity, I'm not certain how involved in these discussions I'll be able to be once I start due to the intensity of the work but hopefully I might be able to contribute in a useful capacity, but also I hope to promote the use of Loomio within PBI. It's a perfect match and could be really useful for the organisation.

This recent documentary is a great introduction to the work of PBI in Latin America... http://pbicolombia.org/2015/07/27/land-of-corn/

PBI also currently has projects in Kenya, Nepal and Indonesia...you might especially be interested in the Nepal project which following the resolution of the conflict in Nepal has focused on capacity-building for local NGOs which has involved the development of an online tool Nepal Monitor: https://www.nepalmonitor.org/

As for myself, I've recently left London where I've been working with the homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway http://www.mungosbroadway.org.uk/ for the last 5 years. My academic background is in Peace and Conflict Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities... I've also been a volunteer mediator and restorative justice practicioner with Lambeth Mediation Service http://lambethmediation.org.uk/ the last few years, and I'm really interested in how Loomio can be
used as a tool to help individuals, groups and organisations develop improved understanding of conflict and to propagate these skills.

If there were no more work to do around conflict, human rights or social justice I would want to spend my time on purely creative projects of no discernable use to anyone. Art is about finding what we can share and a modest record of my journey so far is online here - http://hamishlow.net ... (in English and in Spanish....)




Rob Guthrie Thu 20 Aug 2015 2:42AM

@cndiv great to read your introduction. Thank you! Have you seen the latest work on the Loomio UI? visit https://www.loomio.org/angular to give it a go. With the release of this work our codebase becomes 50/50 Ruby and Coffeescript (which is super similar to javascript)

I'd love to talk further about product/development plans if you'd like.


[deactivated account] Thu 20 Aug 2015 9:20PM

Welcome @simon51! Thanks very much for providing us with an introduction:

Hi, I'm a french web developer (not ruby..! python and javascript ;) currently in Wellington interested in everything that empowers the community!

I haven't a lot of time to dedicate to project right now but if you need some javascript or some french translation, I will try to do my small part! :)


Please make yourself at home! You might also be interested in joining our Loomio Community translation subgroup, and here is the guide to getting involved with the Loomio translation process (in case you decide that's something you'd like to get into): https://github.com/loomio/loomio/wiki/Translation :)


[deactivated account] Mon 24 Aug 2015 11:48PM

Welcome to the Loomio Community @brtknr!

I am a coordinator in one of the groups.

Care to tell us a little more about yourself and your group?


[deactivated account] Tue 25 Aug 2015 9:58PM

Welcome @mat2!

Hi I would like to find out more about Loomio

Care to tell us a bit about yourself?


Bharat Kunwar Thu 27 Aug 2015 10:02AM

Hi @hannahsalmon, I am a coordinator in a local Green Party loomio group as we are experimenting with online democracy! So far, all in all a success story! Great what you guys have developed!


[deactivated account] Thu 10 Sep 2015 5:20AM

Welcome @pabloabelenda!

I am a sysadmin looking for poll software alternatives...

Care to tell us a little more about yourself?


Pablo Abelenda Fri 11 Sep 2015 7:26AM

I am from Galicia and I am looking for some software to support decision making processes on my company. Loomio seems to fit, but I want to be sure.



Matthew Bartlett Fri 11 Sep 2015 7:55AM

Let us know if there's any way we can help you be sure, Pablo :)


[deactivated account] Mon 28 Sep 2015 8:53PM

Welcome to the Loomio community @lukehilarityflegg! Care to provide us with an brief introduction?


Alex Chozabu P-B Fri 2 Oct 2015 12:53PM

Hi, I'm Alex - A software engineer of sorts.
Currently working on http://meshdemocracy.org - a trial of Liquid Democracy, though, tempted to drop it and see if I can get the best features into Loomio (or Represent.cc or vocaleyes)

Amongst other orgs, I work with @lukehilarityflegg on ChangeTheFuture


Danyl Strype Tue 6 Oct 2015 3:54PM

Kia ora @alexpb and welcome to the Loomio Community. It's a bit off-topic here, but I'd be curious to know what motivated you to create your own Liquid Democracy software instead of joining the LiquidFeedback team. Feel free to drop into the Aotearoa General Assembly or the NZ Pirates groups to talk more about the pros and cons of the different platforms.


[deactivated account] Mon 12 Oct 2015 8:09AM

Welcome @benhsieh!

I'd like to contribute to open source.

Thank you - we would love that! @jameskiesel is our open-source coordinator. It sounds like it would be good for you two to have a chat :)


[deactivated account] Mon 12 Oct 2015 8:15AM

Welcome @julia57!

I'm learning Rails at Dev Bootcamp, and for our final project, my team decided to learn about and try to make a contribution to Loomio.

We're really excited to hear that! I believe you're already in touch with James. Please make yourself at home here :)


[deactivated account] Tue 13 Oct 2015 8:10PM

Welcome @gustavovalerin! Care to tell us a little about yourself?


[deactivated account] Thu 15 Oct 2015 8:10PM

Welcome to @genevieveparkes! Genevieve is a member of the wonderful Enspiral community - care to tell us a little more about yourself Genevieve?


[deactivated account] Thu 15 Oct 2015 8:11PM

Welcome @sergiominni! Thank you for providing us with an introduction:

I am working as translator, I would like to deepen my involvement as a social worker and informal researcher about politics and online democracy


[deactivated account] Mon 26 Oct 2015 3:30AM

A big welcome to our newest community members!

Welcome @nolandarilek!

I'm a developer who has been peripherally aware of Loomio for a while but am now wanting to help out and contribute.

@jameskiesel is our open source coordinator - perhaps you two should have a chat :)

Welcome @fabioballi!

a free mind using loomio with critical but constructive eyes

Please make yourselves at home!


James Kiesel Mon 26 Oct 2015 7:15AM

Hey @nolandarilek , feel free to reach out to me at james at loomio dot org if you're interested in making a contribution :)


[deactivated account] Tue 3 Nov 2015 6:37PM

A big warm welcome to a new community member! Welcome @marcbraun!

I just started a new project and think Loomio is a great tool

Care to tell us a little about yourself?


[deactivated account] Wed 4 Nov 2015 9:02PM

Welcome @stevebosserman!

I have met several members in other Loomio groups and enjoy the topics they explore and their conversations about them. Perhaps I can contribute to the exchanges...

We would love to have your contributions here! Please make yourself at home.


[deactivated account] Tue 10 Nov 2015 11:03PM

Welcome new community members!

Welcome @mihaibucur!

Hi, I m an open engagement fan from Romania, trying to better understand the platform.

Welcome @hangya!

Member of the Hungarian Scout Association


[deactivated account] Tue 24 Nov 2015 9:30PM

Welcome @wikihouseharry! Thanks so much for providing us with such an awesome introduction!

Hey Loomio community, I am from New Zealand where I lived in Christchurch for all my life. I studied JAAAZZZZZZ. I then lived through the earthquakes and started playing less jazz and instead contributing on fun projects like FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture), Gap Filler stuff (who didn't i guess!?), Exchange Christchurch (event and rentable maker/workspace), Neat Places (new post quake businesses or old ones reopening). I also started some of my own projects usually in the event space. I'm passionate believer in creativity and collaboration (yes those two buzz words the mean something different to everyone), im also passionate about good mental and emotional health which I think is HUGELY vital in community and work involving collaboration or just other people. Recently I moved to London where I landed at WikiHouse Foundation as their community host/guy/moderator/whatever you like. Since then everything I have done has been thrown into thinking around larger scale social movements and human behaviour, big fan of engagement (at one point I thought I was going to be a social media marketer HA), also big fan of openness and for anyone to have the ability to work with everyone on anything. I am currently introducing WikiHouse to Loomio with the hope that it may be the perfect tool for our growing community of members and 'chapters'. I also hope we can be a part of the Loomio community throughout this process as we all learn and share how to do things... well... better!


Harry Knight Wed 25 Nov 2015 8:28AM

Thanks @hannahsalmon look forward to being part of it and also introducing my team to it!


[deactivated account] Wed 25 Nov 2015 10:00PM

Welcome @whit537! Thanks for providing us with an introduction!

Greetings! I represent a payments company called Gratipay, and to be honest, I think Enspiral/Loomio and Gratipay should be friends and partners. Over at Gratipay we're starting to think more seriously about our formal governance. Loomio is a tool we're considering adopting (https://github.com/gratipay/inside.gratipay.com/issues/420) and Enspiral is an example we're considering following (https://github.com/gratipay/inside.gratipay.com/issues/72#issuecomment-159727340). My immediate purpose for asking to join this group is to lurk and observe Loomio in action. May I? :-)

Please make yourself at home :)


Chad Whitacre Wed 25 Nov 2015 10:36PM

Thanks @hannahsalmon! :-)


Harry Knight Mon 21 Dec 2015 10:39AM

Thanks for sharing those github links @whit537. I'm working with WikiHouse Foundation and we're very much in a similar position, looking at structure and governance as the project grows.


[deactivated account] Mon 30 Nov 2015 4:15PM

A big warm welcome our newest community members!

Welcome @1807! Would you care to tell us a little about yourself?

Welcome @renato! Thanks for providing us with an introduction :)

Hi there! This is @Renato. I'm a Portuguese-BR translator with Loomio and probably will lurk much more before 'talk'.

(Asking to join the Community only in order to interact when 'needed').

Welcome fellow Enspiralite @ahdinosaur! Would you be interested in introducing yourself to the community?


Mikey Mon 30 Nov 2015 8:50PM

meow. :cat2:


elaineX Mon 30 Nov 2015 9:00PM



[deactivated account] Sun 6 Dec 2015 2:19AM

Welcome @jeromelaval! Thanks for providing us with an introduction!

I'm Jerome, from Montpellier, France. I'm here to check how Loomio can help my organisation, Autour.com.

Please make yourself at home :)


[deactivated account] Tue 15 Dec 2015 7:58PM

Welcome @rest! Would you care to tell us a little about yourself?


[deactivated account] Thu 17 Dec 2015 8:04AM

Thanks for welcome @hannahsalmon.

I'm web & backend developer and product manager in Korea. Currently operates two organizations such as UFOfactory and parti.xyz. UFOfactory ( http://ufofactory.org ) is a tech agency for social sectors (NPO, Social Enterprises) in Korea and parti.xyz ( http://parti.xyz ) is company developing better democracy platform. I'm very excited to meet all of you who has been worked for better democracy. :)


[deactivated account] Thu 17 Dec 2015 9:35PM

Thank you @rest! @richarddbartlett, @benjaminknight and I were lucky enough to meet

Ohyeon at Camp By The Crowd on Jeju Island. Please make yourself at home Ohyeon. Happy to answer any questions you may have. Looking forward to collaborating in future :)


Chad Whitacre Mon 21 Dec 2015 1:46PM

Thanks, Harry. Are your internal discussions somewhere public? I'd be interested to compare notes. :-)


Harry Knight Tue 22 Dec 2015 12:18AM

Not really. This is very much our problem. We have a 'google forum' (dare i say it) but have full intention to move into a much better space using platforms like Loomio etc.


Josir Cardoso Gomes Tue 26 Jan 2016 11:09AM

Hi folks, I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Python/Django developer and one of the Loomio admins of Brazilian Citizenhood Movement Raiz www.raiz.org.br

I am here to share thougths and suggest API to integrate Loomio to our site. As I don't know Ruby/Rails, my contribution will be restricted to improve portuguese docs.

Health and freedom to you all!


A. Renato Tue 26 Jan 2016 11:43AM

Hi Josir! It's a neighbor from Rio (Copacabana) here! Maybe we know each other if you participated some day in OcupaRio, OcupaCâmara and/or numerous popular assemblies and rallies around our city since 2011. Anyway, if you're interested in direct democracy we, at least, have friends in common. Glad to see one more carioca in Loomio (our people must learn how to use this amazing tool instead of keep trying organize protests and decide important issues via facebook). Looking forward to properly dig into your website as soon as possible (as an independent activist the making of a political party in Brazil doesn't seems to be a good idea, even with all your good projects; but as a carioca its understandable to see people who wants to participate in politics avoiding so many anachronistic parties; anyway congrats for the initiative). If you want you can also see my portfolio as an author at arenato.com. See you!


Josir Cardoso Gomes Tue 26 Jan 2016 12:20PM

Hi Renato. I know your work! Your ebook is on my "virtual desk" to be read :)

Probably we've already met on those rallies and had shared the same gas bombs smoke :))

We are half movement/half political party and we want to aggregate those who don't want/believe on politic parties but has common beliefs mainly on the ecological and direct democracy matters. People can participate and vote and don't need to be "filiated".

We are great experiment on Direct Democracy. All our decision-making are made on Loomio!

This thursday we will meet on the Journalists Syndicate here in Rio. Be welcome to meet us and know our project.

Health and freedom!


A. Renato Tue 26 Jan 2016 12:48PM

Nice to know it all, Josir! Still reading the texts on Raiz and so far it's very interesting! Take a look at the system which some independent activists and others were/are trying to make in Rio's streets and plazas: AutoGov and some of its resources at OpenSource. Believe it or not, all what you'll see, including the spreadsheets and the legal procedures as OSCIP (the web portal isn't ready to be launched yet), still doesn't make much sense while it's only me working on it (our fellow Cariocas appears to be lost when we talk about online popular organization outside facebook -- can't wait for it to be changed). So, feel free to do what you want with the material (your party must jump on it; some already are).

Even though the tear gas in Rio are now mostly expired :P after 5 years it was time to come back home :) in order to keep independence from the politicians trying to surround me (and our people stop to centralize around/ be independent from me).

Anyway, as it's an area specific for introductions, please take note of my e-mail address: info@arenato.com

Also please tell me (via e-mail) the time of your meeting next Thursday; maybe will be there to personally know its members and certainly wait for nice conversations, specially about the 'progressive consensus as it is (very well) described in the 7 pages 'guide'; affiliate never -- it's Brazil, bro, and my focus is on a city (any city) level connected to the world.

And as you expressed interest, you'll receive an invitation to collaborate in the ongoing process of Loomios' translation to Portuguese-BR (you have to get a free account in Transifex; and you can already join the Loomio Translation Community); improvements are very welcome.



[deactivated account] Sun 14 Feb 2016 9:15PM

A big warm welcome to our newest community members!

Welcome @toupeira!

I'm a software developer interested in collaborative decision-making software like Loomio and DemocracyOS

Welcome @jordankamin!

Hi! I'm Jordan and I'm a teacher and rails developer. I've been teaching at Dev Bootcamp San Francisco for the last year or so. I heard about Loomio from a group of students who contributed to Loomio as their final project, which was really cool! I'd love to contribute some features and work with the community to help improve loomio.

@jameskiesel, maybe you and Jordan should have a chat sometime soon (if you haven't already).

Thank you both for providing us with introductions! Please make yourselves at home :smiley:


James Kiesel Sun 14 Feb 2016 10:26PM

Hey @jordankamin, more than happy to have a chat about how best to contribute! Feel free to reach out to me at james@loomio.org


Markus Koller Mon 15 Feb 2016 7:57PM

Thanks @hannahsalmon, I'd like to expand a bit on my terse introduction which I didn't realize was going to be posted here :grin:

I hail from Switzerland and make my living as a software developer and sysadmin, but I've also long had an interest in collaborative decision-making, fueled initially by youthful daydreams about anarchism, then by my experiences working at a Swiss open participation startup, and lately more by things like Agile project management and forms of peer governance. My current job is with a developer agency and we've been trying out Agile methods for doing collaborative company development (similar in concept as Loomio's Away Days), which got me back to kicking around an old idea I've had for something very much like Loomio. After some research I quickly discovered this active community, and now I'm glad I can just contribute here instead of starting my own project that won't go anywhere :sweat_smile:

Something else I was wondering, our company recently joined forces with Impact Hub and we founded a new co-working space in Zurich together, and they seem to have very similar goals as the Enspiral Network (spreading collaboration and social entrepreneurship). I'm sure you're aware of their spaces, but have you ever talked with them about working together more closely on other projects? If you're interested I'd be glad to ask around for a good contact person.


Richard D. Bartlett Tue 16 Feb 2016 4:01AM

Haha it almost sounds like you are a Swiss version of me!! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Let me know if you'd like to get on a call sometime: rich@loomio.org


A. Renato Tue 16 Feb 2016 9:22AM

lol Swiss is now officially Ⓐ part of my personal anarcho-map : ) welcome, bros.


Markus Koller Tue 16 Feb 2016 6:54PM

@renato actually I recently learned that after the First International in Paris, the anarchist groups met up in a small Swiss village for the First Anarchist International ;-)


A. Renato Sun 6 Mar 2016 3:21PM

A Swiss friend searched for two weeks and didn’t find a documentary on the First International Anarchist : ( Then she was invited to this conversation, but she said that has nothing to collaborate and her family business is already consensual : D So, my explanation is that the reason why her country is already under Direct Democracy is because its people live freedom in the present rather than talk about its pass. Too simplistic explanation, but her country mixed economy (participatory and with strong governmental regulations) is so far advanced in comparison with the rest of the world that it’s hard to accept that other countries can’t do the same. Instead, there is a widespread misconception that Swiss is some sort of free market economic capitalist paradise lol for those who don’t read even a WikiPedia page.


Markus Koller Sun 6 Mar 2016 6:03PM

@renato there's also this widespread misconception (especially among the Swiss themselves) that Switzerland has "achieved" direct democracy, but our system is still very much a representative one at its core ;-)


A. Renato Mon 7 Mar 2016 1:00AM

You’re right! According to WikiPedia itself, the Swiss confederation is a semi-direct democracy (representative democracy with strong instruments of direct democracy). Not there yet ; )


Mary Jo Kaplan Tue 8 Mar 2016 1:06AM

@toupeira I am a Loomio team member based in the US (Providence, RI) and I will be in Zurich briefly next week on Monday 15 March. Are you around for coffee? Cheers, MJ


Markus Koller Tue 8 Mar 2016 8:41AM

@mjkaplan very cool, we can meetup in the early evening at Impact Hub Colab if you like! Is that Monday 14 March or Tuesday 15 March? ;-) You can reach me at mak@panter.ch


Mary Jo Kaplan Sun 13 Mar 2016 10:47AM

@toupeira Hi Markus. I'm only in Zurich briefly tomorrow (Monday) and could meet in the morning or lunch but then will be heading out. It'd be great to meet if you're free.


[deactivated account] Mon 14 Mar 2016 1:40AM

Welcome to the Loomio community group @scott21!

Care to provide us with an introduction?


[deactivated account] Mon 21 Mar 2016 8:56PM

A big warm welcome to our newest community member @simonmisanthrope!

Hi I'm with a London citizens' platform called Take Back the City. I'm pushing for us to start using Loomio to organise better, so now I'm here myself trying to get to grips with it.

Sorry about the delay, Simon! Thanks very much for providing us with an introduction. Please make yourself at home and let us know if we can answer any questions :smiley:


Simon Thorpe Tue 22 Mar 2016 7:04PM

Thanks @hannahsalmon! At first i was looking for more details on the price plans, but i was told on Twitter that a new Price Plan page is coming.

Now I'm trying to work out how i can make my subgroups open to all members (but only members), and threads private. It seems like i can only have private threads in subgroups members must request to join, or public threads in open subgroups. What am i missing? :)

Thanks for the warm welcome, really looking forward to learning more!


[deactivated account] Wed 23 Mar 2016 10:00PM

Hi Simon. Unfortunately you can't make a subgroup immediately accessible to parent group members (i.e. open to join). However, you can share the subgroup's shareable invitation link (accessible from the Invite People form) in the parent group and encourage people to use it. Clicking the link will give them immediate access to the subgroup.


Simon Thorpe Sat 26 Mar 2016 12:11PM

Thanks, I'll give that a try!


[deactivated account] Wed 23 Mar 2016 10:05PM

Welcome to the Loomio community group @lisasmith!

I am a community engagement coordinator, in Pocatello Idaho, who is using Loomio to facilitate collective action without the need for constant face-to-face meetings with multiple volunteer groups.

Thank you for providing us with an introduction! Great to have you here :smiley:


[deactivated account] Mon 28 Mar 2016 9:42PM

Welcome @daniellewis! Thanks very much for providing us with an introduction:

I like to buy broken things, fix them and give them away. Understanding how things tick is my best.

Great to have you here! Please make yourself at home :smiley:


Daniel Lewis Mon 28 Mar 2016 10:28PM

Cheers @hannahsalmon :) Great to be here. Its like landing at a new knowledge treasure island. so many threads to dig into :books: :sweat_smile:


[deactivated account] Tue 29 Mar 2016 4:28AM

A big warm welcome to our newest community member, @apolinario!

Would you care to provide us with a brief introduction? We'd love to hear what brought you to the Loomio Community group!


GasparI Wed 6 Apr 2016 1:02PM

Hello everyone!
It takes ages to scroll down here. Sorting comments new to old would be nice, along with a commenting field not affected by zillions of comments :)


GasparI Wed 6 Apr 2016 1:05PM

As for the introduction... I've joined the Loomio community to see how it's working.
I am writing my Master thesis and want to design a web tool that can help collaborative standard development. Loomio features overlap to a large degree (proposals, voting) so it seems a really good place to start :)


[deactivated account] Wed 6 Apr 2016 10:56PM

A big warm welcome to our newest community member, @ignaciomq!

Would you care to introduce yourself to the group?


IgnacioMQ Wed 6 Apr 2016 11:03PM

Hi All,

Thanks for that warm welcome. I only recently started using Loomio and I only have but positive feelings. I wish there was also an Android app but that's been explained already. I have read though that Chrome has enabled push notifications in the browser while running in the background on your phone. Would that something you will consider? :) Thanks a lot.


Greg Cassel Thu 7 Apr 2016 2:22AM

Regarding push notifications, here's a relevant comment by Loomio developer James Kiesel in another thread about four months ago. If you have time to check out that (rather complex) discussion, please feel free to follow up there! :)


Natalia Lombardo Wed 13 Apr 2016 12:51AM

Hi @danh1 welcome to the Loomio Community! Would you like to introduce yourself to the group?


Natalia Lombardo Thu 14 Apr 2016 10:10PM

Also, welcome @camfindlay1 ! want to tell us a little bit about yourself?


Cam Findlay Thu 14 Apr 2016 11:34PM

Hi there, and thanks @natilombardo

I'm the Developer Advocate and Community Manager at SilverStripe. I'm interested in communities as stores of tacit knowledge and informal community relationships with other organisations (be them commercial or public sector) and how the interaction at the boundaries of those spaces play out practically. I'm also a big Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) geek and spoke on the Open Government panel last year at the Open Source Open Society conference.

I started playing with Loomio a long time ago when it was an internal beta at Ensprial and have followed it's progress ever since.

We used Loomio to decide if we might adopt Loomio with the SilverStripe community about 18 months ago. We didn't adopt due to a few features we needed, however seems these have now been added. I may well revisit this.

I'm also currently on 3 months secondment to the New Zealand Open Data Programme, and presently using Loomio to run a participative public consultation on what will be the first public policy on FOSS licensing and release. You can check this out at https://www.loomio.org/g/NohQxyr9/nzgoal-software-extension-discussion-of-draft

Thanks for the kind welcome :smiley:


Dan H Fri 15 Apr 2016 1:46PM

Greeting @natilombardo and community!

Regardless of the size and scope of an entity, discussions and decisions are an integral party of any organization. I represent a non-profit seeking to minimize face-to-face meetings and have stumbled upon Loomio while in search of an online, easy to use tool focused on group-based decision making. Cheers to all those involved in creating just such a tool!


Natalia Lombardo Sun 17 Apr 2016 10:15PM

Hi @bzzrd Welcome to the group! Would you care to introduce yourself to the team?


Bzzrd Mon 18 Apr 2016 7:07AM

Hi @natilombardo, thanks for the welcome,

I'm a participant from the french movement Nuit Debout in Lyon.
We are interested in finding new ways of empowering the people for politic decisions.
Loomio seems great for such tasks (at least for small groups), and is currently deployed on one of our server for testing.



Natalia Lombardo Fri 29 Apr 2016 1:55AM

Welcome @paulfree ! Would you like to introduce yourself to the rest of the group?