Meeting Highlights – March 16, 2012

  • Decision display has been made cleaner with simple clear icons.
  • Motions now how closing date functionality, or can be left open indefinitely.
  • Working on the dashboard to clean up the visual representation of open and closed motions, so it’s easy to see what you’ve not yet voted on.
  • More discussion of terminology – removing as much as possible so Loomio can be agnostic and fit with many group structures.
  • Discussion of the best way to display voting info on the graphs.
  • Added liquid democracy-style delegation to the feature to-do list.
  • Need to streamline the invitation/registration process.
  • Added creation of subgroups to the to-do list.
  • Discussed the need to integrate the discussion platform.
  • We need to implement more engagement parameters that facilitators can set (such as % of participation needed, etc)
  • Identified the need for more help from a visual designer and UI
  • Discussed plans to apply for council grant

Meeting Highlights – March 9, 2012

  • Update of new features from Jon and Aaron, including improvements to the “new motion” interface, tagging, and closing motions.
  • Will be shortly implementing a deadline feature to define when motions will close.
  • Talked about the need for more engagement parameters, such as a minimum participation percentage for a vote to go through.
  • Need notifications of blocks to be emailed.
  • Continuing discussion of PledgeMe video.
  • Discussed project management and agreed to set weekly goals.
  • Talked about the idea of a coding skunkworks.
  • Joshua shared more ideas for the revenue model to help the project sustain and thrive: a consulting business set up around the free Loomio tool.
  • Ben looking into public funding and grants.
  • Continuing discussion about terminology, and the need for Loomio to be agnostic so groups can define their own terms. We want everything to be customizable if possible, but we will have to settle on defaults.
  • Immediate priorities: email notifications, closing dates, dashboard cleanup, tags, group membership and registration process, motion organization, embedding a discussion platform, subgroups within groups.

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.

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.