Warm greetings from the beautiful South Pacific summer! Before we wind down for the holidays I wanted to reach out with a final message for the year.
2016 has been an extraordinarily turbulent year. The earthquake that brought down office buildings in Wellington seems to be the perfect metaphor for the political shakes in Europe, the US, and Middle East that have gripped the world. Checking in with my friends and colleagues overseas, I hear a lot of grief, uncertainty, and fear: progressive people have the sense that something important is slipping away.
Big stories like Brexit, the US election, and the Syrian civil war take up so much space, they can drown out the sound of the many reasons to be hopeful in 2017. The people that are growing “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” tend to be quiet: they’d rather spend their time tending their local initiatives, rather than drawing attention to themselves.
One of the most energising things about working on Loomio is that I get to connect with inspirational people working on incredible projects nearly every day. So as we close out 2016, I wanted to share a couple of reasons to be hopeful in 2017:
Continue reading “Hope-y New Year from Team Loomio 🙃”
Chris McClimans is part of a web design co-op based in Austin, Texas that uses Loomio to have shorter meetings and make better decisions. We interviewed him at the Open Source // Open Society Conference.
I met my friend Taylor in college and we’ve always enjoyed working together. We were looking for a way to collaborate, share our talents with each other, and take on projects we couldn’t do by ourselves. So, we started a collective called Vulk, a web design shop.
We have five core members. It’s a diverse group that come from different backgrounds. We’re not just technical people, but also creative people interested in designing experiences. We all have different opinions.
Continue reading “Shortening Meetings from Hours to 30 Minutes”
For Julie DiBari, inclusive decision-making is personal as well as professional. “In 21 years in the foster care system, I was never once asked what I thought works,” she says. Now, as a consultant, Julie supports diverse stakeholders to contribute to decisions that affect them, and to collaborate on solving complex problems.
Continue reading “Consultants: Create a Safe Space for All Voices on Loomio”
We caught up with Climate Karanga Marlborough member Leon Jay at the Open Source//Open Society Conference in Wellington. They are helping reduce climate change in Marlborough by rapidly prototyping ideas using online collaboration.
We use Loomio to communicate between members and prototype different ideas to reduce climate change and lower our impact.
Sharing Ideas and Getting on the Same Page
If you’re trying to work together as a group of citizens, it’s great if you’re all heading in the same direction. But if one person’s doing one thing and one person’s doing another, you’re taking a scatter-gun approach. Continue reading “Rapid Prototyping for Community Impact”
Stories from the Road
Loomio Co-op Member and Director MJ Kaplan has been all over the US in recent months, at conferences exploring impact, collaboration, the economy, the future of work, and more.
I was invited to New York by Coburn Ventures, a unique investment firm that is passionate – maybe even obsessed – with understanding complex, deep transformation in the world. They convened a diverse group of 100 people to explore, reflect and reimagine the dynamics that affect investment and, more broadly, are influencing how we live and work. Continue reading “Delight in Uncertainty…. Gulp.”
Friday Dec 2, 4:00 PM
Documentary Screening: A New Economy
Join us for the New Zealand Premiere of an inspiring new film featuring Loomio alongside other cooperative organisations.
“What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model? Watch, as several organisations strive towards building a more cooperative future.”
Friday Dec 2, 7:00 PM
Loomio’s 5th Birthday Party
Join us in our new office at 17 Garrett Street (level 2), to celebrate the journey of the last five years, and look forward to the next five years.
Doors open at 7PM. At 7:30 we’ll have a few words from the team.
Tuesday Dec 6, 11:30 AM
Free Training Workshop
Let us help you get the most from Loomio! We go over the basics of setting up your group, onboarding and engaging group members, and using proposals to build shared understanding. Learn how other groups are using Loomio, and tips to help improve your group’s collaboration experience.
Special Offer for Local Organisations
Successful team collaboration and stakeholder engagement online takes skill and experience. In partnership with a network of consultants and experienced online facilitators, Loomio offers a customised services tailored to your needs.
How Loomio helped Statistics New Zealand with citizen engagement around the national census.
Following the recent earthquakes we stayed out of our office while safety checks were carried out, like most in Wellington. However, apart from feeling a bit shaken, we were able to maintain business continuity through online collaboration. If you have been displaced and would like to know how to stay productive together even if you’re unable to meet physically.
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.
You can start your own Loomio group now, or contact us if you need direct support.
Loomio has a network of experienced consultants and facilitators who can help you set up your group, and train & coach your team in online facilitation.