Move the Advice Process Online in 3 Steps

In a self-managed company, everyone is a decision-maker. You need an effective process that enables group input while empowering individuals to act – and effective tools for running it.

The Advice Process in one sentence:

Every person can make a decision, as long as they seek advice from those who will be meaningfully affected and people with relevant expertise.

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Ours To Hack and To Own: a Review

Platform cooperativism is the radical idea that the internet would do more good if its major properties were democratically owned and governed. The Platform Cooperativism conference is coming up this month in NYC: the second major gathering of this emerging new movement attempting to reboot the internet as if workers rights mattered. In preparation for the event, Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider (the movement’s two daddies) have launched a new collection of essays on the topic: Ours To Hack and To Own.

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Podcast: how organisations and groups can self-organise at scale.

  In this new interview, Loomio cofounder Richard D. Bartlett shares insights from Enspiral, Occupy Wall Street and Loomio, exploring the question How can organisations and groups self-organise? Big thanks to the Cucumber crew for hosting us on the podcast! (Also available on iTunes)

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Conscious Consumers use Loomio for good governance

Conscious Consumers is a social enterprise that helps people make ethical purchasing decisions. We talked to CEO Ben Gleisner about how their directors use Loomio to support good governance of the company. Ben explained the value of keeping all the information in one place, and including people along the way to a decision. “We use Loomio to discuss the really important issues that can take weeks to get to a decision point.

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Don’t Feed the Trolls: How to Encourage Good Behaviour Online

Guardian journalist Max Opray got in touch with us last week, while researching his article Could Online Democracy Lead To Governance By Trumps and Trolls?

Online interactions are notorious for being hijacked by trolls, so he wanted to hear how we handle trolls at Loomio.

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Loomio at the White House, Democracy at Work, Collaboration Stories, and Our Dynamic Org Chart

We got a shout out at the White House! Loomio has been picked as part of a suite of tools promoted by Together We Work, a campaign to empower young workers to take collective action. Together We Work was launched at the White House event in an inspiring and optimistic message of change from Carmen Rojas, CEO of The Workers Lab. Democracy at Work is a non-profit that works to democratize the workplace, as a viable solution for a new and better economic system.

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How the FairShares Association Makes Better Decisions with Inclusive, Democratic Processes

Rory Ridley-Duff is a reader in cooperatives and social enterprise at Sheffield Business School, director of Social Enterprise Europe, and founder of the FairShares Association. They use Loomio to model their governance structure online, for effective, equitable stakeholding.

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Loomio Co-op Handbook, New Plan Upgrades, & Media Stories

Launched: Loomio Co-op Handbook We open source not only our software code, but our organisation too. Our impact mission is about democratic engagement, inclusive participation, and equitable collaboration, so that’s how we work as a company internally. See our handbook: http://loomio.coop VIDEO: Co-founder Alanna launches the co-op handbook and talks about “Open Source Organisational Development” at the Open Source // Open Society Conference Upgraded plans! The free version of Loomio offers unlimited users and decisions.

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"We're Allergic to Meetings" — How New England Tech Brings Out Great Ideas from Smart People

MJ from Loomio caught up with DJ Johnson, professor of game development at the New England Institute of Technology, about how they’re bringing out the best in their faculty through more online collaboration, and fewer meetings. Many of the games they designed are meant to be play only with a mouse and a mouse pad, and some of them got some brilliant review.

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Bilingual Collaboration at Trusty Amigos Dog Walking Co-op

Brendan Tronconi of Trusty Amigos, a Dog Walking and Pet Care co-op in New York with 9 members, shares his experience starting a worker-owned business, collaborating with people who speak different languages, and working together effectively online and offline.

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