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

OS//OS is going to be awesome! 馃崒

We鈥檙e 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聽maximum favourite humans are going to be there, including聽these three:

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Check out the conference and grab your ticket here.

Loomio @ OS//OS

We鈥檒l 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鈥檙e:

  • 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鈥檙e looking forward to seeing you at the conference – come find us on the ground floor under the big Loomio sign and let鈥檚 help you make better decisions together.

See you there!

Taking Holacracy Governance to the Next Level

Organisations that adopt Holacracy often find it鈥檚 a big upgrade to their decision-making processes. But implementing Governance meetings is only the beginning of your self-management evolution.

Dogmatists may staunchly defend the completeness of the Holacracy Constitution, but I believe on drawing from everything available to craft the right system for your unique organisation. Even if you鈥檙e not sold on Holacracy, there are tools in it that can be super useful for any team. One of these elements is Integrative Decision-Making. Continue reading Taking Holacracy Governance to the Next Level