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A comic-book whizz, a web developer, a chiropractor, a film-maker, several curators and a grocery store co-op owner: What do these people have in common? Well, they are some of the busiest people on Loomio: and they belong to the Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative.

Loomio loves this group of people who have come together as a co-op to protect a well-loved community space, Adobe Books, in San Francisco’s Mission district. As Brett Lockspeiser explains,

“Adobe Books has been in San Francisco for 25 years. For 24 of those years it was a sole proprietorship, mostly run by Andrew McKinley, who owned the shop. Unfortunately, the business of selling his books has become harder and harder…combine that with San Francisco which is currently gentrifying at an obscene rate. In 16th Street of the Mission the rents were doubling”.

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Code report – a roadmap for the future of Loomio

Those of us working on Loomio all have big dreams for what we’d like the software to look like in future. We’re continuously inundated with helpful feedback, awesome ideas and suggestions for how Loomio could be improved. Meanwhile, there are hundreds of urgent little day-to-day tasks to keep the wheels in motion. So last week we took a day out to get away from the distractions of the office, and think big. As a result, we have a first sketch of a roadmap for the foreseeable future. As always, we’re making it up as we go along, but here’s a snapshot of our current thoughts:

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Love letters and permaculture

Richard Telford heard about Loomio from a friend at a local food swap in Seymor, Australia. His friend happened to be Carl Scarse, who several weeks ago posted this on our Facebook page:

Carl and Richard know each other through the Intentional Community, Commonground, where Richard lived for about five years. The community began in the 80s in response to a need for support, resources and networks for social change activists. Today, Commonground is a co-operatively living community of activists and people concerned with living lightly on the earth, sharing resources, and supporting social change groups. Rather cool.

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Our People: Richard D. Bartlett – Director of Autonomy

Rich has been described as “an engineer turned artist turned activist” and is one of the original forces behind Loomio. He recently gave a talk on Internet and Identity at Victoria University, so with that juicy bit of content we thought he was the perfect and timely opener for our spotlight on our people.

Name: Richard D. Bartlett

Age: 28, which is like a granddad in internet time

Title: Director of Autonomy (Richard assures us this is true and not just made up for the interview)

Team: Richard jumps between the code and community team

Why did you get involved with Loomio?

I have a background in open source hardware (as Rich Decibels) and creative community organising (with Concerned Citizens Collective). I got swept up in the Occupy movement when it arrived in Wellington in 2011. I’ve always been pretty concerned about the so-called ‘wicked problems’ facing society: runaway climate change, resource depletion, ecosystem collapse, and the pervading sense of alienation throughout society… This Occupy experience totally transformed my view on all that – it was the first time I’ve ever really had any hope for the future. My participation in that movement lead me to believe that there’s no problem that can’t be solved by an engaged community of empathetic equals. Occupy totally changed my life, and my hope is that Loomio can make that transformative experience much more sustainable, and accessible to millions of other people.

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Celebrating our People

We’re really passionate about celebrating our people, be it our users, our contributors, or just fabulous folk that inspire us. So watch our blog. We are going to start a weekly showcase on inspiring users, workers, and people in general. When we talk about our Loomio users we hope it will give you some ideas about how to use the tool in new and different ways. When it’s focusing on our team, we hope it’ll give you a bit more background on why we do what we do.

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Loomio launch party

Thanks to everyone for making our launch party totally magical! Here’s a video of Rich and Vivien presenting some of the Loomio story, supported by an international cast of contributors:

Loomio launch party - timeline presentation from Enspiral on Vimeo.

Click through for some magnificent party photos from Mark Russell (mark@adventureartists.co.nz):

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Launching Loomio into the World

We are excited to announce that after 15 months of hard work, we’re finally launching publicly! The team has put a huge amount of time, passion and effort into this moment. But more importantly, we have been supported by an incredible community of courageous early-adopting users – all kinds of inspiring groups doing amazing things all over the world.

So we’re putting on our celebration shoes, making some Loomio bunting, and throwing a party this Friday! For those of you that are Wellington-based, you should make us happy: come along to toast Loomio’s launch into the world!

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Cooperatives from a NZ Perspective

We’re currently in the process of figuring out what sort of legal structure the Loomio organisation should take, whether that be a not-for-profit company or a worker co-op, or something else. Here’s an interesting article one of our friends sent in this week from a Proutist perspective.

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Loomio on Radio NZ National Ideas programme

https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ideas/audio/2523555/ideas-for-1-july-2012

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Loomio Company Update #2

Each group in the Enspiral umbrella is encouraged to write a ‘company update' every couple of months to keep the whole network up to speed with all the projects going on. This is our second update, it is an attempt to capture a few of the huge number of exciting occurrences in the last two months in LoomioLand: …we launched a PledgeMe campaign, which raised $5k+, but more importantly pushed us out into the public spotlight a little more, and forced us to refine our messaging.

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