Our People: Viv Maidaborn – Loomio Dreamer and Vision Maker

Vivien Maidaborn

Viv is a driving force behind Loomio — and one of the most well connected members of our group. It’s become a joke in the team that if we need to find more users, we should just send Viv for a walk down the street — she’s sure to bump into at least five people she knows. But finding users is only small part of the amazing-ness that is Viv, she helps us map our course through social impact, casts magic spells before parties, and helps us keep diversity top of mind. Here is Viv, in her own words:

Name: Vivien Maidaborn

Age: 53

Title: Loomio Dreamer and Vision Maker (aka business strategy)

Why and how did you get involved with Loomio?

After a 30 year career in the not-for-profit sector, I realised that charity models weren’t delivering scalable change anywhere in the world. In fact, most of the baseline measures (economic + social inequality, environmental degradation, etc.) I had thought would improve in my working life were actually getting worse.

So, it felt to me like real social change would have to combine the skills, tools and the leverage of business, with the values, emotional intelligence and compassion that can be found in community and citizenship movements.  This for me is what I mean by ‘social enterprise’.

In 2011 I resigned from my charitable CEO job and went looking for the right opportunity in this social enterprise space. I was introduced to Loomio and the rest is history!

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Ahoy Australia!

Photo Cred: Contactzilla

We’re setting sail from our little island in the South Pacific, ready to explore the globe. First stop – Melbourne!

So we’re dipping our feet into the water of the world, and getting ready to meet with some AMAZING Australians, with a particular focus on co-working spaces and expert collaborators.

It’s going to be a quick trip, with Viv and Ben packing as many meetings and talks as humanly possible into their two days: they’re looking forward to catching up with Julian at The Hub, Alvaro from Creative Suburbs and Inspire 9, Mark and Hilary at the Collabforge, and our good friends Carl and Kati from Groupwork.

We would love to meet you too!

Ben and Viv will be presenting at the Collaboratory Melbourne Meetup on Monday night. We’d love you to meet you there!

What: From interaction to participation: driving online engagement toward real action

When: 6pm Monday, October 14th

Where: Hairy Little Sista, 240 Little Collins St, Melbourne

VIv n Ben

And – if you’re sad we’re not coming to your office or town, let us know! We’re planning on more trips to Australia over the next few months, and we want to be guided by our community. So tell us what you want.

Journeying along our roadmap

A few weeks ago, we laid out our code roadmap for the future of Loomio – and we’ve been hard at work travelling along it! We’re pretty excited about the places we have been, and those still to come. Here’s a whirlwind tour of our journey, so you can start getting just as excited as we are!

In the past two weeks, our code team have rolled out two new features:

  • You can now make an attachment of an image or document, which appears as a thumbnail in your post.
  • You also have the first version of your very own inbox, which displays discussions you’ve not read, giving you a clear idea of what you need to catch up on.

Why is this important?

Attachment is important because everyone has been asking for it :) We’ve tried to release it as quickly as possible, knowing that there’s room to keep improving as we go. For instance, we’ll be improving performance of this feature in the near future to make it faster.


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Translating Loomio

We’ve always had a commitment to working with our community to steer the development of this project. The strongest message they’ve given us so far is ‘Loomio should be available in as many languages as possible’. So we prioritised translation, and within a few weeks a whole squad of volunteers had turned up to help out.

Loomio in Vietnamese

Since that decision to prioritise translation five months ago, Loomio is now available in ten languages, with plenty more in the works. Continue reading “Translating Loomio”

Love letters and permaculture

Richard Telford heard about Loomio from a friend at a local food swap in Seymor, Australia. His friend happened to be Carl Scarse, who several weeks ago posted this on our Facebook page:

Carl and Richard know each other through the Intentional Community, Commonground, where Richard lived for about five years. The community began in the 80s in response to a need for support, resources and networks for social change activists. Today, Commonground is a co-operatively living community of activists and people concerned with living lightly on the earth, sharing resources, and supporting social change groups. Rather cool.

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Our People: Richard D. Bartlett – Director of Autonomy

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Rich has been described as “an engineer turned artist turned activist” and is one of the original forces behind Loomio. He recently gave a talk on Internet and Identity at Victoria University, so with that juicy bit of content we thought he was the perfect and timely opener for our spotlight on our people.

Name: Richard D. Bartlett

Age: 28, which is like a granddad in internet time

Title: Director of Autonomy (Richard assures us this is true and not just made up for the interview)

Team: Richard jumps between the code and community team

Why did you get involved with Loomio?

I have a background in open source hardware (as Rich Decibels) and creative community organising (with Concerned Citizens Collective). I got swept up in the Occupy movement when it arrived in Wellington in 2011. I’ve always been pretty concerned about the so-called ‘wicked problems’ facing society: runaway climate change, resource depletion, ecosystem collapse, and the pervading sense of alienation throughout society… This Occupy experience totally transformed my view on all that – it was the first time I’ve ever really had any hope for the future. My participation in that movement lead me to believe that there’s no problem that can’t be solved by an engaged community of empathetic equals. Occupy totally changed my life, and my hope is that Loomio can make that transformative experience much more sustainable, and accessible to millions of other people.

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Celebrating our People

800_5298Loomions at our Launch Party – August 2013

We’re really passionate about celebrating our people, be it our users, our contributors, or just fabulous folk that inspire us.

So watch our blog. We are going to start a weekly showcase on inspiring users, workers, and people in general.

  • When we talk about our Loomio users we hope it will give you some ideas about how to use the tool in new and different ways.
  • When it’s focusing on our team, we hope it’ll give you a bit more background on why we do what we do.
  • And when it’s on inspiring folk, we, well, hope you’ll be inspired!

Let us know if there’s anyone you think we should interview, and we’d love if you want to share your story yourselves as well. Contact Emma or Anna for more info on [email protected]