Some Points for the PledgeMe Pitch (Under Development)

  • What is consensus?
  • How the protocols of a discussion can influence outcomes
  • How this tool will aid group self-understanding
  • Anecdotes about the power of empowering people in organizations to be heard
  • Specific goals for the stage we’re trying to fund (what we’ll accomplish if we’re funded)
  • How we want to bring it to the stage where we can open it up and develop the project using the tool itself with community input
  • Making sure it’s clear this is open source and will be totally free

Meeting Highlights – February 24, 2012

  • There’s an exciting opportunity to use a community art/work space for Loomio, and this might give us room to brainstorm and be creative in our process.
  • We have identified a clear need for some more resources, both money and people. Some ideas for funding: doing a PledgeMe video, applying for a grant from the government, reaching out to potential customers for pre-funding.

Draft of the Elevator Pitch

Jon and Rich came up with this in February. This is an evolving document, but it’s a good start.


Loomio – “Helping groups move together”

Loomio is a web app that helps groups of individuals make decisions together. 

As groups get larger they tend to become less efficient, and often individuals start to feel that the group is no longer accomplishing what it set out to do. This happens with companies, political entities, universities… pretty much any large collective. However, while groups can often become very inefficient, they can also become very powerful when engaged together with common purpose and intent. 

Loomio aims to leverage the power of groups by using the Internet to facilitate consensus-based decision-making. It provides a platform where group members can discuss issues, propose ideas and solutions, and then vote on decisions together. The end result is that better decisions are made, and the group has a greater understanding of itself and it’s direction forward.

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Loomio is being collaboratively developed as an open source project. We are seeking input from a diverse range of people, from activists to business people.

Some Good Ideas for Features

We’ve heard these requests a few times, and have put them on our development wish list:

  • sub group (I want to have an Enspiral Members group as a subset of enspiral as a whole)
  • anonymous motion : you can see the counts but not who voted on an issue. I want to use this for voting in new members
  • better inviting : I want to be able add user accounts for people that they can activate and then vote straight away without me having to approve in the middle

Meeting Highlights – January 12, 2012

  • Discussed terminology choices around “abstain” vs “indifferent” and what the terms we chose imply.
  • Decided to make the voting process just one click but bringing the options right onto the motion page. Previously you had to click “vote” and then pick your position. Our goal is to enable engagement even on the smallest level – if you can engage extensively, great, if you can only spare time for a single click, that’s OK too.
  • Loomio is currently focusing on building for the needs of our first user group, Enspiral. We think this will help us focus on iterating effectively with constant user feedback, with the idea that we will expand and add features for other types of groups in the future.