Statistics New Zealand (Tatauranga Aotearoa) is a government department gathering statistics on a wide range of subjects.
They used Loomio to engage citizens in refining the questions for the 2018 Census.
We talked with Susan Riddle, Sophie Davies, and Tom MacDiarmid to find out about the challenges and successes of using Loomio:
“Loomio was for us a new tool: untested waters. Just having a widely-available public discussion was new for us!
It allowed us to expand on what would typically be the local town hall meeting, and reach many more people. We reached people that otherwise wouldn’t have contributed to the conversation, including marginalised populations and youth.”
— Tom MacDiarmid, Statistics New Zealand
Need to engage a wider group of people in your consultation project?
Loomio is easy to use and accessible, enabling you to engage with people in a facilitated conversation. Data and analytics reports provide a record of the engagement.
Here in New Zealand we’ve been shaken by a 7.5 earthquake, while the world has been shaken politically.
Luckily our team is safe after the quake, apart from a couple things knocked off shelves. A lot of people are feeling knocked off balance in their understanding of the world right now, and we’re right there with you.
Real social change doesn’t come from going to the polls once every few years. Nor does it come from clicking around social media in polarised bubbles. It comes from feeling heard enough that you’re open to changing your mind. It comes from really knowing and committing to each other as fellow citizens and human beings.
Platform cooperativism is the radical idea that the internet would do more good if its major properties were democratically owned and governed.
The Platform Cooperativism conference is coming up this month in NYC: the second major gathering of this emerging new movement attempting to reboot the internet as if workers rights mattered. In preparation for the event, Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider (the movement’s two daddies) have launched a new collection of essays on the topic: Ours To Hack and To Own.
“Put it on the blockchain” is no substitute for a critical analysis of power.
Online interactions are notorious for being hijacked by trolls, so he wanted to hear how we handle trolls at Loomio.
Prevention is the best cure
We look to sites like MetaFilter, StackOverflow, Slashdot, or Quora, who do a good job of hosting productive online discussions. They all use a combination of technical and cultural components to create an environment that’s biased towards high-quality respectful participation, and biased against trolling.
It’s partly about the tool, and partly about how you use it.
We’ve put a lot of effort into designing Loomio and hosting big public discussions, in a way that makes it much less likely that trolls will turn up.