News November 2016: Imagine if Elections Worked More like Loomio

It’s been quite a month…

Here in New Zealand we’ve been shaken by a 7.5 earthquake, while the world has been shaken politically.

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Loomio co-founder Alanna

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.

How might it be different if elections were more like Loomio, with a context box, an abstain option, and a block button? Imagine a constructive deliberation, where you changed your position through really listening to others. Imagine if we considered the whole pie chart…. Continue reading “News November 2016: Imagine if Elections Worked More like Loomio”

Move the Advice Process Online in 3 Steps

In a self-managed company, everyone is a decision-maker. You need an effective process that enables group input while empowering individuals to act – and effective tools for running it.

The Advice Process in one sentence:

Every person can make a decision, as long as they seek advice from those who will be meaningfully affected and people with relevant expertise.

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Ours To Hack and To Own: a Review

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.

We reviewed the book review here…

Podcast: how organisations and groups can self-organise at scale.

 

In this new interview, Loomio cofounder Richard D. Bartlett shares insights from Enspiral, Occupy Wall Street and Loomio, exploring the question How can organisations and groups self-organise?

Big thanks to the Cucumber crew for hosting us on the podcast!

(Also available on iTunes)

Conscious Consumers use Loomio for good governance

Conscious Consumers is a social enterprise that helps people make ethical purchasing decisions.

We talked to CEO Ben Gleisner about how their directors use Loomio to support good governance of the company.

Ben explained the value of keeping all the information in one place, and including people along the way to a decision.

“We use Loomio to discuss the really important issues that can take weeks to get to a decision point.

Loomio improved the effectiveness and efficiency of our communication. It keeps everything in one place. It’s a resource that we can keep coming back to, to see the train of thought behind a decision.

Loomio helped people feel confident that they understood what they were agreeing to.”

If you want to see how Loomio can support your decision-making, get started today.

Don’t Feed the Trolls: How to Encourage Good Behaviour Online

Guardian journalist Max Opray got in touch with us last week, while researching his article Could Online Democracy Lead To Governance By Trumps and Trolls?

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.

It’s a complex topic, but here are a few facets:

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Loomio at the White House, Democracy at Work, Collaboration Stories, and Our Dynamic Org Chart

We got a shout out at the White House!

Loomio has been picked as part of a suite of tools promoted by Together We Work, a campaign to empower young workers to take collective action. Together We Work was launched at the White House event in an inspiring and optimistic message of change from Carmen Rojas, CEO of The Workers Lab.


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Democracy at Work is a non-profit that works to democratize the workplace, as a viable solution for a new and better economic system. We’re proud to be a [email protected] co-op partner!

Read the first of a two-part profile of Loomio by [email protected] – interview of Alanna from Loomio, by Betsy Avila.

“We want to have impact with our product, but we also think the way we’ve structured our company and how we work is part of our social mission.” …read more

Stories from the forefront of collaboration

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-11-00-09-am How the FairShares Association Makes Better Decisions with Inclusive, Democratic Processes: Rory Ridley-Duff on reflecting a new vision of governance in structures for online collaboration.
Could the users buy Twitter and turn into a co-op? There’s a #buytwitter movement underway, and they’re organising on Loomio.

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-11-03-06-amSix Circles for Harmless Organising: A rough cut of a talk that co-founder Rich Bartlett is developing to explain some of the cultural forms we use to organise without bosses.

Our Dynamic Org Chart

Every quarter, the Loomio co-op members collectively set objectives, and then self-organise into working groups to achieve them. If you’re curious about how all this works, read more in the Co-op Handbook.

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