A Discussion of Icons

There are many visual ways of representing the tools of consensus. Our goal in Loomio is to have simple, effective symbols that are also agnostic – this means we want to empower groups to be able to set up their decision making process in the way that works best for them. If we can have a powerful but flexible set of visual symbols in Loomio, groups can define them for themselves, and experiment with the power of conscious process design in their decision making.

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Why Limit the Statement Length

In Loomio, you assert your stance (yes, no, block, abstain, or whatever terms the group administrator decides to define), and you also have the option to make a statement about why you feel that way. We decided to limit the length of this statement. By design, the discussion about the motion will take place on the discussion platform. This is a space for people to express themselves freely, respond to other people’s concerns and ideas, and hash out disagreements.

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Loomio as a Learning Project

Several programmers working on Loomio are new to Ruby on Rails, and with the guidance of some experienced developers at Enspiral, they are using Loomio as a chance to practice and improve their skills. With Loomio as the inspiration, regular “learn rails” meetups were held at the Enspiral offices throughout late 2011.

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A Short History and Introduction

The Loomio project began in late 2011 when some members of the Occupy Wellington movement met up with some people at Enspiral and we realized we had a common need for a better decision making tool. As non-hierarchical groups that aim to give all members a voice in the process, traditional top-down decision making wasn’t an option, but traditional consensus decision making requiring everyone to sit in a circle and talk each point through was too slow and inefficient.

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Kia ora, Hello, It’s Michael from Loomio. We are fortunate to support many incredible organizations – each with their own particular management styles – and it’s not uncommon for us to adopt practices from groups in the Loomio community. When we learn from the examples of others, we are opening up ourselves (and our organizations) to growth. So, today we’re highlighting the Ian Martin Group’s journey to self-organization, a way of organizing that makes your company more resilient in the long term.

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