“We’re Allergic to Meetings” — How New England Tech Brings Out Great Ideas from Smart People

MJ from Loomio caught up with DJ Johnson, professor of game development at the New England Institute of Technology, about how they’re bringing out the best in their faculty through more online collaboration, and fewer meetings.

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Bilingual Collaboration at Trusty Amigos Dog Walking Co-op

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Brendan Tronconi of Trusty Amigos, a Dog Walking and Pet Care co-op in New York with 9 members, shares his experience starting a worker-owned business, collaborating with people who speak different languages, and working together effectively online and offline.

I had worked for a Dog Walking service for 3 years in the past. I liked the work, but at the time I had no benefits and I had reached the maximum hourly wage. I thought a co-op would be a great opportunity to be a co-owner instead of just an employee. I really liked the idea of working with a co-op instead of trying to start my own business alone.

We meet every other week in person, but it’s nice to have an place to discuss issues in between meetings, which is why we were looking for an online decision-making tool. We found out about Loomio through the Center for Family Life, which is an organization that helps co-ops and other community activities. Continue reading Bilingual Collaboration at Trusty Amigos Dog Walking Co-op

Colaboración Bilingüe en la Cooperativa Trusty Amigos

 

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Brendan Tronconi de Trusty Amigos, una cooperativa con 9 miembros que ofrece servicios de paseo y cuidado de perros en Nueva York, comparte su experiencia sobre iniciar un negocio manejado por sus trabajadores, colaborar con gente que habla distintos idiomas, y trabajar juntos efectivamente online y en persona.

En el pasado, trabaje por 3 años para un servicio de paseadores de perros. Me gustaba el trabajo, pero en ese momento, no tenía beneficios y había alcanzado el salario máximo por hora. Entonces pensé que una cooperativa sería una gran oportunidad de ser el co-dueño en vez de sólo un empleado. Me encantaba la idea de trabajar con una cooperativa en vez de empezar mi propio negocio solo.

Nos encontramos semana de por medio en persona, pero es bueno tener un espacio para discutir los temas entre reuniones, es por eso que buscamos una herramienta online para la toma de decisiones. Nos enteramos de Loomio a través del Center for Family Life, que es una organización que ayuda a cooperativas y otras comunidades.

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OS//OS is going to be awesome! 🍌

We’re super excited about contributing to the upcoming OS//OS open source, open society conference. OS//OS is in its second year and a big gathering of people from across business, technology and government sectors to collaborate, learn from each other and extend the impact of open technology in our workplaces, our organisations and our society.

Some of our maximum favourite humans are going to be there, including these three:

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Check out the conference and grab your ticket here.

Loomio @ OS//OS

We’ll be hosting a collaboration clinic at the conference for all our Loomio users and interested people on the ground floor of the conference. Loomio consultants will be on hand to help you work out great ways of using Loomio to build participatory team culture and tips and tricks for making better decisions together online.

Loomio can be super helpful if you’re:

  • Managing a growing team or office.
  • Leading a project team across any kind of technology
  • Building a startup team.
  • Working on a board or advisory group.
  • Developing policy or working in civic engagement.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference – come find us on the ground floor under the big Loomio sign and let’s help you make better decisions together.

See you there!