Features Update – April 10, 2012

You can now comment on and discuss motions directly from the motion page. You can also disable comments from the create/edit motion page.  Group page has significantly improved. It now has a dashboard similar to the front-page dashboard.  Motion page displays a list of users that have not voted.  Voting engagement (total votes / # of group members) is now displayed as a percentage, instead of being displayed on the graph as “Yet to vote”.

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Loomio logo: first draft

First draft of the Loomio logo

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A two minute introduction to Loomio

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The Loomio Homepage is Live!

The Loomio Homepage is Live!

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Loomio Github Landing Page is up at Loomio.org

Loomio Github Landing Page is up at Loomio.org An invitation to open source developers to get involved with the project.

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Loomio Feature Update

Group Permissions – you can now specify who can see your group, and who can invite members to your group (click the “Edit Group” button on the group page) Group Member Tags – group admins can now tag group members and filter motion voting results by those tags. For example, an admin could tag certain users as “core-members” and other users as “guests”. Then, on a motion page, they could filter the votes graph to only show votes from core-members.

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How to not sell out

Hi! I'm Rich. I'm one of the people working on Loomio. I come to the project from an arts/activist background, so I have some pretty strong feelings on culture, community, and business.

One of the inspiring things about the team we've got is that there is room for people with different ideas. There are people like me who have a knee-jerk reaction to business (eww yuck boo), but there are plenty of others with a more mature and experienced view that are really excited about the potential for the tool to help businesses work more efficiently and more democratically. 

In preparation for last week's meeting about the Loomio business structure, Jon, Ben and I had an email conversation. Don't take it too seriously, it's just an off-the-cuff statement of my position regarding Loomio and the Tyranny of Money. It was intended to be read by an audience of two friends, but I figure it couldn't really hurt for anyone else that wants to get a better idea of how I feel about the project. 

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A Business Plan for Loomio

We had a really interesting discussion today about how to create a sustainable economic engine for the Loomio project to thrive, while still maintaining our collaborative, participatory culture, and not getting distracted from our mission by trying to make Loomio about revenue. We discussed several of the models that other Enspiralcompanies work on, such as a zero-dividend shareholder model, where being a shareholder means you have a vote, not that you can take value out of the company, a social enterprise with an intentional company constitution specifying that a portion of all profits goes toward our social aims, but leaves dividends and investments as options.

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Explain Loomio – Quick!

Explain Loomio – Quick! Four of us attempted to explain Loomio – what it is, why we need it, and how it works. Rough and off the cuff! Hoping some of these ideas will be inspiration for our upcoming video explaining the Loomio concept.

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Features Update – March 21, 2012

Doing: Tags for users Dashboard improvements Group permissions improvements Next Up: Filter by tags Discussion platform Delegation of votes Closing date refers to time instead of date

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