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!

New Website, New Features, & UN Youth on Loomio

Our New Website is Live!

We brought together everything we’ve learned about communicating the value of Loomio in a simple compelling way, and combined it with visually engaging illustrations. We’ve highlighted amazing stories of people using Loomio around the world, and made help content and other resources way easier to find.

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Any time you go to www.loomio.org you’ll see the new site. If you are already a Loomio user and you want to get to your discussions and decisions, just click “log in”. If there’s someone in your life who you think should know about Loomio, show them the new website!

New Features

We listened to your feedback, and made some updates to Loomio we think you’re going to love.

Continue reading “New Website, New Features, & UN Youth on Loomio”

How Loomio raised ethical investment and made our social mission even stronger

The last few years have been quite a journey for Loomio. This is a story about navigating the world of startup financing to find ethical investment that works for a truly mission-driven tech company with big ambitions.

So many social enterprises face challenges finding the right capital model. We want them to know that there are amazing values-aligned investors out there, who are prepared to put their investment where their values are. Bold impact investors who put social impact first sometimes feel alone, but we want them to know that they’re not – they’re part of a growing movement.

We want to share our story to reach other purpose-driven startups, and other impact investors like the inspiring folk we’ve met along the way. More than anything, we want our mission-aligned capital raising story to become a more common one.  Continue reading “How Loomio raised ethical investment and made our social mission even stronger”

Everyone on the New Loomio

We’ve reached the final step in the process of switching everyone over the the new and improved Loomio interface. We’re now so confident that all our users will have a good time on Loomio 1.0 that we’re getting ready to turn off Loomio Beta, the previous prototype version that some legacy users are still on.

Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “Everyone on the New Loomio”

Digital Collaboration in the Middle East

It’s been devastating to watch as the conflict in Syria has escalated into the biggest humanitarian crisis of our generation. For those of us far away from the area, it’s frustrating not knowing how we can help. So when Rich from Loomio stumbled across an U.S. American activist working with Syrian refugees in Turkey, he reached out.

emmi2Emmi Bevensee is an anarchist, participatory activist and writer living in Turkey. She works with NGOs and is deeply connected with Syrian and Lebanese activists. She was interested in how Loomio could help improve the way these groups work.

My communities are in unique high-risk and high-impact positions around such issues as civil society involvement in peace processes amidst a raging revolution turned proxy war, women’s activism and organizing across the country and neighbouring areas.

I saw that Loomio could be an invaluable tool for these communities. A natural fit for their dynamic participatory decision making processes, and made by a group of people with values that I can trust.

Unfortunately, there’s one major barrier preventing these refugee support groups from using Loomio: until now, the software has never been translated into Arabic.

IMG-20160308-WA0010Through Emmi’s networks we connected with Yazan Alhajali, an Arabic translator from Syria. He works on international development, is a member in the Syrian feminist organization Nasawyia and has been engaged in the civil social movement in Syria for the past 4 years.

He very quickly got on board and after a week of work, Loomio is now fully translated into Arabic!

We’re looking forward to sharing the stories of the groups that will start using it soon. If you know of any Arabic-speaking groups that have been waiting to use Loomio, let them know they can start a group now!

❤ from Nati
Loomio translation coordinator