Optimising for Emergence

“Emergence” is an ugly buzzword for a truly magnificent concept that is central to our vision for Loomio. Jeffrey Goldstein defines emergence as “the arising of novel and coherent structures, patterns and properties during the process of self-organization in complex systems”.

Emergent phenomena tend to arise when many individuals interact with their environment, without central control, in ways that are governed by simple rules.

Emergence in Nature

There are lots of striking examples of emergence in nature.

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We Did It! PledgeMe Goal Reached!

Our campaign on PledgeMe has reached its goal, and more! We can’t thank our generous supporters enough for throwing their inspiring energy and hard-won cash behind this project. The overwhelming support shown by such a diverse range of people/organisations has really driven home that this is an idea lots of people have been waiting for – the importance of removing the barriers to open, participatory, democratic decision-making is an increasingly obvious need, and we’re delighted that so many great people are prepared to help us get there.

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Loomio on Idealog

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Loomio on ReadWriteWeb

Joe Brockmeier has written a really great review/introduction to Loomio over on ReadWriteWeb. If adopted a bit more widely, Loomio might help take distributed teams to a new level – much like GitHub has helped with development. It is a simple concept, but bringing order to decision-making could help teams communicate better and make better decisions, no matter where they happen to be located.

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Loomio Featured on the PledgeMe Blog

Open source software: it seems to be the way of the future – sharing, cooperating, working collaboratively with a deep understanding that together we are more than the sum of all our parts. Loomio is an open source software project that’s helping groups make better decisions, together. [Read More…]

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Excitement is Building Around Loomio

Walked into our weekly Loomio meeting (normally about 5 of us come) to find 16 people sitting around the boardroom! Our biggest challenge at the moment is holding Loomio back from going viral before it’s ready, but that’s a nice problem to have. Meanwhile, we’re trying to channel all the energy Loomio is attracting effectively. We’ve got to the scale now that we’re splitting into more defined teams. This is going to help us focus on all the aspects of the project that need work.

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New User Group: Eleven Hours Ahead

Another alpha testing group has joined Loomio: Eleven Hours Ahead. ElevenHoursAhead developed out of a sense that important events and policies that impact our lives in Aotearoa/New Zealand were often not being critically engaged with in the mainstream media. In response, we have created this news blog as a space where we as New Zealanders can discuss and engage with some of these larger issues. In particular, the political, social and economic issues that are impacting our lives and the future of our country.

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New Client: Enspiral Engineering

We’re happy to have Enspiral Engineering on board as our newest Loomio alpha testing group. Welcome aboard! It will be interesting to see collective decision making at work in the manufacturing field.

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Event: Civic Engagement, Activism & New Media

The Loomio team are going to be taking part in an open discussion on the role of new media in civic engagement starting 6pm tonight at the Southern Cross in Wellington. If you can’t make it down to the meetup, you can at least catch some notes from the discussion in this document that we’ll all be collaboratively editing over the course of the evening: goo.gl/gYqs9 Here’s a quote from Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky that will give you a taste of what we’ll be talking about:

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New version of the Loomio logo

A new version of the Loomio logo

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