Case Study: Enspiral

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Enspiral is a social enterprise network and co-working space in Wellington, New Zealand.

Powerful things take place when like-minded people connect. Enspiral is a network where conversations spark ideas, which become projects, that grow into world-changing ventures.” http://www.enspiral.com

Because of their commitment to running a democratic workplace, group decision-making is a fundamental part of Enspiral. When the 150-member network was first set up, it was extremely challenging to get participation from busy people living in different places.

Enspiral started using Loomio 18 months ago, and now uses it for everything from important business matters to everyday decisions about running a shared workspace.

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With email and other social networking tools, we were never able to bring large group discussions to clear outcomes. Finding a time to meet was so difficult and expensive that lots of decisions ended up being made by only a few people. We couldn’t run Enspiral without Loomio. It means that efficiency and participation isn’t a zero-sum game for us — we can have both.” Alanna, Enspiral Network Coordinator

 

I’m encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money. Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.

– Muhammad Yunus, 
Grameen Bank founde

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