Loomio is Now a Featured Project on PledgeMe!

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Loomio mentioned on the Simply Social Media blog

Loomio mentioned on the Simply Social Media blog Queenstown is the place you get to “see the planet on steroids”, and I have the privilege of going there a couple of times a year to tutor and run workshops on social media. This year I look forward to speaking to the power and potential of social media to make us more efficient, by degrees of magnitude – and I don’t mean making it easier to sell widgets.

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Consensus process

A visualisation of the consensus process. Loomio tries to express these processes, but in the form of a distributed and asynchronous app. Using technology, this process doesn’t need to be linear or chronological, meaning it can become much more efficient.

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New version of the Loomio Logo! (string)

Wow.

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Feature Update

Each motion on the dashboard now has an “activity indicator” which shows you when any new messages or votes have occurred.

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Loom.io homepage gets an update!

Loom.io homepage gets an update!

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PledgeMe Campaign for Loomio – Support the Project!

PledgeMe Campaign for Loomio – Support the Project!

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A Fractal Vision for Loomio

I think productive, inclusive human organisations and productive, inclusive human discussions can be typified as being “organic”, and any systems we build to try to coordinate & organise these organisations and discussions can be thought of as “inorganic”.

So when we have a meeting with lots of good free-flowing discussion, that’s what I mean by ‘organic’. In order to share the value of that meeting though, it needs to be distilled into minutes or notes: I would say these are ‘inorganic’. This is the crux of the organic/inorganic problem: the notes or minutes are never going to catch all the details and the subtlety of the actual meeting: for it be of any value, it has to be relatively brief, digestible, shareable.

Groups and sub-groups are another version of the problem: the organic reality is that most humans are involved to different degrees in different overlapping sub-groups. The problem is, in order to get anything done you need to impose some kind of inorganic structure, but there is no perfect way to compartmentalise people into defined roles & responsibilities. 

The problem we are grappling with is how to make a system that simultaneously captures the subtlety of reality while effectively summarising these subtleties into digestible chunks. 

 The answer is… fractals!

My intuition says that the ideal Loomio will have all kinds of fractal characteristics. By fractal I mean self-similar at different scales, zoomable to infinite depth, recognisably beautiful. 

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Team photo

Some of the Loomio team!

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Features Update – April 13, 2012

Quick one: Aaron has implemented a “x characters left” notification on the statement field.

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