Citizens getting organised in Venezuela

One of the benefits of working at Loomio is that we get to connect with a big variety of social movements around the world. It’s always inspiring to discover another group of citizens finding new ways of generating deeper engagement with their government. Here’s a short story about one of those movements using Loomio right now in Venezuela.

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DSDVzla (Democracy, Society and Development of Venezuela) is a movement of distributed networks all over the Venezuelan territory. This year in April, they started using Loomio to organise and communicate with citizens.

In conversation with them, they told me that because of the current political crisis in Venezuela, they have had to use all their effort, cleverness, creativity and courage to guarantee greater democratic participation.

“We’ve found ourselves needing to use new tools for communications and information. And to implement new ways of doing activism and political organisation, that allow all citizens to participate in social and political ways, from their own realities and abilities.”

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Loomio helps them organise effectively, despite the movement being distributed across the country. Everyone can participate in decision-making, while still moving quickly and efficiently.

They have found the new decision tools particularly helpful, especially the poll, the time poll and check. They’re sure they will get to fully benefit from all the functionalities that Loomio offers, as a tool well adjusted to the needs of the new millennium organisations.


You and your team can also benefit using Loomio! Set up a new group here.

Ciudadanos organizándose en Venezuela

Una de los beneficios de trabajar en Loomio, es estar conectada con una gran cantidad de movimientos sociales alrededor del mundo. Siempre me inspira encontrar un nuevo grupo intentando generar una mayor participación ciudadana en sus gobierno. Esta es una pequeña historia sobre como uno de estos grupos está usando Loomio en Venezuela.

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El grupo Democracia, Sociedad y Desarrollo de Venezuela (DSDVzla) es un movimiento de redes distribuidas que se extiende por todo el territorio nacional de Venezuela. En Abril de este año han comenzado a utilizar Loomio para organizarse y comunicarse con los ciudadanos.

En conversación con ellos, me cuentan que bajo las condiciones políticas por las que está atravesando Venezuela actualmente, han tenido que poner toda su astucia, esfuerzo, creatividad y coraje, para mejorar y garantizar una mayor participación democrática.

“Nos vemos en la necesidad de usar nuevas herramientas de comunicación e información. E implementar formas de activismo y organización políticas novedosas que permitan que todos los ciudadanos puedan ser partícipes social y políticamente desde su propia realidad y con sus propias habilidades”.

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Considerando que el movimiento está distribuidos a través del país, Loomio les ayuda a maximizar sus resultados. Permitiendo que todos los activistas tengan la oportunidad de participar en la toma de decisiones eficazmente y en corto plazo.

Encuentran particularmente útil las nuevas herramientas de decisiones de Loomio para organizarse, sobre todo la encuesta, la comprobación de participación y la coordinación de horarios. Y están seguros que llegarán a aprovecharán todos las funcionalidades que Loomio ofrece al ser una herramienta muy bien adecuada a las necesidades de las organizaciones del nuevo milenio.

Tú y tu grupo también pueden beneficiarse usando Loomio! Inicia un nuevo grupo aquí.

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

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

We’ve been engaged in the craft of non-hierarchical organising for more than five years, starting with Occupy in 2011, co-founding Loomio (a worker coop building software for collective decision-making) and Enspiral (a network of dozens of social enterprise startups and tech-for-good projects). We’re woven into a global community of folks pioneering new ways of working, from ‘agile’, ‘holacratic’ and ‘teal’ organizations, to diffuse activist networks in Hungary, Spain, and Taiwan.

We’re working with local partners across the country to host workshops to share the challenges and delights of non-hierarchical, inclusive, intersectional, collaborative, horizontal organising. If you want to work with us to host a workshop, you can find out more here.

Schedule

We’ll update this post as we finalise the schedule. Here’s what we currently have booked:

Help wanted

If you want to support this mission, there are a couple ways to help:

  • Introduce us to organisers who would really benefit from spending a few hours exploring more sustainable ways of working inclusively. We’re keen to meet with anyone interested in working non-hierarchically: whether they’re in cooperatives, startups, communities, collectives, NGOs or corporations, we will be doing a camping event as well, we already got all we need from the Survival Cooking site.
  • Spread the word about the workshops!
  • Donate to help us keep moving.

Updates

We’ll be blogging to share what we’re learning. Here are the most recent posts from the road:

View story at Medium.com

View story at Medium.com

View story at Medium.com

View story at Medium.com

View story at Medium.com

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

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

I’d felt this power once before, 8 years ago as I arrived on the national mall with my family to wait in the freezing cold with 1.8 million others to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. We felt deep pride and hopefulness that we had elected the first African American U.S. President. We were inspired by Obama’s intelligence, humility and frankly his humanity. Eight years later we were awed by the integrity of the man, even though we accepted that he was unable to achieve even a small measure of our aspirations from that frigid day of celebration in 2009.

The contrast between Obama and Trump coudn’t be more severe. My emotions were anger and despair when I travelled to Washington for the Women’s March (still working through the stages of grief).

Before I left for D.C. I pulled out my protest paraphernalia from as far back as 1980. Reagan’s election prompted my early activism. We launched a women’s network to protest the escalation of nuclear power and arms. Our founder, Dr. Helen Caldicott, had successfully rallied physicians to protest the nuclear threat, leveraging her credibility as a physician to make a scientific argument. Women flocked to her talks with deep concern; however, most lacked a basic understanding of international defense policy or political organizing. So we formed WAND to educate and organize women to advocate for people-centered policies. We tapped the power dynamics of the first presidential gender gap — a distinctly partisan voting pattern between women and men that still persists. As I prepared for this Women’s March 35 years later, I was uncomfortable with gender as an organizing frame. Are we women going to save democracy from this kleptocrat? After all, 42% voting women chose Trump compared to just 54% for Clinton. And white women skewed support for Trump.

I believe that today’s movement requires us to think and act beyond identity politics. We must create a swell of humanity who will override tribal fears and entrenched ‘isms’ to restore love, respect and democracy.

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Hope-y New Year from Team Loomio 🙃

Warm greetings from the beautiful South Pacific summer! Before we wind down for the holidays I wanted to reach out with a final message for the year.

2016 has been an extraordinarily turbulent year. The earthquake that brought down office buildings in Wellington seems to be the perfect metaphor for the political shakes in Europe, the US, and Middle East that have gripped the world. Checking in with my friends and colleagues overseas, I hear a lot of grief, uncertainty, and fear: progressive people have the sense that something important is slipping away.

Big stories like Brexit, the US election, and the Syrian civil war take up so much space, they can drown out the sound of the many reasons to be hopeful in 2017. The people that are growing “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” tend to be quiet: they’d rather spend their time tending their local initiatives, rather than drawing attention to themselves.

One of the most energising things about working on Loomio is that I get to connect with inspirational people working on incredible projects nearly every day. So as we close out 2016, I wanted to share a couple of reasons to be hopeful in 2017:

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Shortening Meetings from Hours to 30 Minutes

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


I met my friend Taylor in college and we’ve always enjoyed working together. We were looking for a way to collaborate, share our talents with each other, and take on projects we couldn’t do by ourselves. So, we started a collective called Vulk, a web design shop.

We have five core members. It’s a diverse group that come from different backgrounds. We’re not just technical people, but also creative people interested in designing experiences. We all have different opinions.

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Consultants: Create a Safe Space for All Voices on Loomio

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

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