Hope-y New Year from Team Loomio 🙃

Warm greetings from the beautiful South Pacific summer! Before we wind down for the holidays I wanted to reach out with a final message for the year.

2016 has been an extraordinarily turbulent year. The earthquake that brought down office buildings in Wellington seems to be the perfect metaphor for the political shakes in Europe, the US, and Middle East that have gripped the world. Checking in with my friends and colleagues overseas, I hear a lot of grief, uncertainty, and fear: progressive people have the sense that something important is slipping away.

Big stories like Brexit, the US election, and the Syrian civil war take up so much space, they can drown out the sound of the many reasons to be hopeful in 2017. The people that are growing “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” tend to be quiet: they’d rather spend their time tending their local initiatives, rather than drawing attention to themselves.

One of the most energising things about working on Loomio is that I get to connect with inspirational people working on incredible projects nearly every day. So as we close out 2016, I wanted to share a couple of reasons to be hopeful in 2017:

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Shortening Meetings from Hours to 30 Minutes

Chris McClimans is part of a web design co-op based in Austin, Texas that uses Loomio to have shorter meetings and make better decisions. We interviewed him at the Open Source // Open Society Conference.

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Consultants: Create a Safe Space for All Voices on Loomio

For Julie DiBari, inclusive decision-making is personal as well as professional. “In 21 years in the foster care system, I was never once asked what I thought works,” she says. Now, as a consultant, Julie supports diverse stakeholders to contribute to decisions that affect them, and to collaborate on solving complex problems.

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Rapid Prototyping for Community Impact

We caught up with Climate Karanga Marlborough member Leon Jay at the Open Source//Open Society Conference in Wellington. They are helping reduce climate change in Marlborough by rapidly prototyping ideas using online collaboration.

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Delight in Uncertainty…. Gulp. Stories from the Road

Loomio Co-op Member and Director MJ Kaplan has been all over the US in recent months, at conferences exploring impact, collaboration, the economy, the future of work, and more.

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Upcoming events in Wellington & special offer for local organisations

Friday Dec 2, 4:00 PM Documentary Screening: A New Economy Join us for the New Zealand Premiere of an inspiring new film featuring Loomio alongside other cooperative organisations. “What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model? Watch, as several organisations strive towards building a more cooperative future.” Friday Dec 2, 7:00 PM Loomio's 5th Birthday Party Join us in our new office at 17 Garrett Street (level 2), to celebrate the journey of the last five years, and look forward to the next five years.

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Statistics New Zealand use Loomio for Citizen Engagement

Statistics New Zealand (Tatauranga Aotearoa) is a government department gathering statistics on a wide range of subjects. They used Loomio to engage citizens in refining the questions for the 2018 Census. We talked with Susan Riddle, Sophie Davies, and Tom MacDiarmid to find out about the challenges and successes of using Loomio: “Loomio was for us a new tool: untested waters. Just having a widely-available public discussion was new for us!

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News November 2016: Imagine if Elections Worked More like Loomio

It’s been quite a month…

Here in New Zealand we've been shaken by a 7.5 earthquake, while the world has been shaken politically.

Luckily our team is safe after the quake, apart from a couple things knocked off shelves. A lot of people are feeling knocked off balance in their understanding of the world right now, and we're right there with you.

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Move the Advice Process Online in 3 Steps

Update: We've published a new guide on Advice process it

  • elaborates our understanding after several more year's of practice and
  • demonstrates how you can do it even faster on Loomio 2.0

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.

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 conferenceis 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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