A Public Resource Management System for Loomio

NC Nathan Cravens Public Seen by 72

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How can we benefit the cooperative, peer-to-peer, open source design community, and social enterprise and more broadly apply it to our living environments?

This briefer proposes the development of a public resource management widget for Loomio.

This can start by:

Building a knowledge and design database and library of ‘things’, ‘services’, ‘transport networks’, and the ‘places’ they inhabit that link to top experts that theorize, build, and maintain them.  

As leading experts are identified, the hunt for the dream development team can begin—a team that may include some of these fields:

UX Designers / 3D Modelers / Data Visualizers & Sensory Artists | Engineers: Software / Automation & Robotics | Product Designers | Materials Scientists | Hospitality  | Architects | City Planners | Operations Managers | Agriculturists & Landscape Artists

The daunting complexity of the task can be narrowed by starting with a single location and a small set of processes. Company partners can distribute the workload while working in tandem. The framing can start with a single shop, factory, or transport route—and once templates are formed—expand to include city blocks, districts, and whole cities. From the beginning of development, the design principles must enable models flexible enough as not to require continuous work from scratch, by identifying core elements that can transfer to a variety of designs. 

Loomio was based on saving time by making decisions more efficiently. This proposal shares the principle of time efficiency with the insanely ambitious goal of a publicly owned resource management application. It will require extensive modeling, roadmapping, and coordination of practically every known discipline on an unprecedented scale. It is here Loomio can leverage the talent of corporations and governments, with the aim of streamlining and integrating the processes of production, service, and decision making better aligned with user feedback, particularly with products and services in mind.  

With this a public project, all processes should be made as transparent as possible, so long as it does not endanger any individuals. Mirror worlds generated by participants contributing 3D imagery, sound, and location data, in addition to other ways of data visualization and sensory output, will better enable the cooperation of both users and experts to accelerate innovation, not only for the Loomio platform, but in every field the platform facilitates. 

Building this now is important. Facing the pandemic, with the need for lockdown measures, a publicly observable management system can greatly reduce the need for workers, reducing the spread of contagion, and enable the monitoring of processes, including the use of telerobotics to perform tasks, in a variety of locations from the safety of one’s home. Were this system already in place, thousands of lives would have been saved. As a single platform coordinating a variety of efforts, enabling observation and anticipating demands, items such as ventilators and personal protective equipment, including the ability to direct a person in need to go to locations that meet medical requirements, could have been utilized. A public resource management system would prevent corrupt governments and opaquely ineffective companies from holding the people that depend on their services to ransom and instead hold them to account. Just as materials, processes, and places become public knowledge, so too, those executing orders and fulfilling tasks. Having such a tool would not only save lives, but enrich life.

Thank you for considering this proposal. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]. You can find me on Twitter @nwcrav. For further context, my writings are found at wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Nathan_Cravens


Danyl Strype Wed 15 Apr 2020 11:03PM

Hi @Nathan Cravens , perhaps this proposal would be more suitable for the Open App Ecosystem group?


@Rob Guthrie if Nathan agrees to this, is there any way to move threads between groups using the UI?


Robert Guthrie Wed 15 Apr 2020 11:53PM

Yes, you can move threads between groups using the "move thread" action from the context panel


Danyl Strype Wed 15 Apr 2020 11:56PM

Awesome! Still catching up with a lot of the newer features. Who has the super cow powers to move a thread between groups? Can I, as an admin of the OAE group, move it from here to there? Can Nathan, as the thread creator, move it from here to there, if he's a member of each but not an admin of either?


Robert Guthrie Thu 16 Apr 2020 12:01AM

You need to be an admin of the group the thread belongs to before you move it.


Danyl Strype Thu 16 Apr 2020 12:19AM

OK. But you don't need to be an admin of the group you're moving it to?


Robert Guthrie Thu 16 Apr 2020 12:25AM

Nope, you just need to be able to start threads in the destination group.


Nathan Cravens Thu 16 Apr 2020 12:35AM

Feel free.


Danyl Strype Thu 16 Apr 2020 3:30AM

Cool. If you join the OAE group @Nathan Cravens I will approve you right away. Since there are no comments here yet other than these ones about moving threads, maybe the simplest thing to do is cut'n'paste your text above and just start a new thread in the OAE group.