Loomio

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Loomio
A screenshot of Loomio in action
A screenshot of Loomio in action
Repository github.com/loomio/loomio
Written in Ruby, JavaScript[1]
Platform web
License AGPL v3[2]
Website www.loomio.org

Loomio is decision-making software to assist groups with collaborative decision-making processes. It is a free software[2] web application.[3][4][5][6] Users initiate discussions and put up proposals. As discussions progress the group receives feedback on a proposal through an up-datable pie chart.[4]

In 2014, they raised over $100,000 via a crowdfunding effort, to develop Loomio 1.0, with support for mobile phones and other enhancements.[7]

It is built by a core of group of developers based in Wellington, New Zealand.[8] There are contributors to the project from around the world.[9]

History[edit]

Loomio emerged from the Occupy movement, launching a prototype in 2012. Loomio used to use occupy hand-signals in the interface but no longer does. Having been developed into a social enterprise, Loomio has been linked to the more general trend of "platform cooperativism".[10]

Operation[edit]

Diagram depicting how Loomio works

The top-level organizational structure in Loomio is the Group. A group is made up of members, granted permission to that group. Groups can be both public and private, allowing for privacy or openness where required.

Within groups, members can create discussions on specific topics. During a discussion, members of the group can post comments and create proposals.

Proposals solicit feedback from members on a specific proposition. Members can either agree, disagree, abstain, or block. Blocking is essentially a strong form of disagreement.

Funding[edit]

Loomio funds itself through contracts with government and business, and also solicits donations from its users.[11]

Reception[edit]

Loomio has been used by the Wellington City Council for discussion with their citizens.[12]

The Pirate Party of Hellas used Loomio[13][14] to create 461 groups, covering 18 federal departments, 13 regions of Greece, 23 prefectures, and hundreds of counties and municipalities. The Internet Party of New Zealand also used Loomio to develop policy during the campaign for the 2014 General Election.[15]

The Partido Pirata Chileno (Chilean Pirate Party) has also adopted Loomio through a fork called Lumio

El Partido Pirata de Chile has also adopted Loomio through their own fork called Lumio, offering a slightly different translation into Spanish for the voting options aiming at both remarking the importance of consensus and improving language style by using verbs in the first person singular (Concuerdo, Discrepo, Me abstengo y Solicito Reformluar). Additionally, the PPCL has promoted the use of Lumio in different areas of political discussion and group coordination inside and outside the Party [16].

Loomio won the MIX Prize Digital Freedom Challenge in April 2014.[17]

Projects using Loomio[edit]

Prominent projects that use Loomio for collaborative work based on democratic process:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "loomio/loomio". Github. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "loomio/LICENSE.txt". Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Pullar-Strecker, Tom. "Group decision-making software ready to run". Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Can Social Software Change the World? Loomio Just Might". Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Occupy Democracy: Loomio attempts to re-invent group decision-making… as a co-op". Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  6. ^ de Taar, Charlie. "InterTwinkles: Online Tools for Non-Hierarchical, Consensus-Oriented Decision Making" (PDF). MIT. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Out in the Open: Occupy Wall Street Reincarnated as Open Source Software". Wired. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Loomio - The Enspiral Network". Enspiral Foundation. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Contributors to loomio/loomio". Github. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Nathan Schneider (April 26, 2016). "How a Worker-Owned Tech Startup Found Investors—and Kept Its Values". YES! Magazine. 
  11. ^ https://love.loomio.org
  12. ^ "Loomio Launches Exciting Collaboration with Wellington City Council". blog.enspiral.com. 15 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Loomio used for large scale citizen democracy project in Greece". blog.loomio.org. 14 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Largest Loomio Project Yet". techpresident.com. 
  15. ^ "LOOMIO GIVES POLICY POWER TO MEMBERS". Internet Party of New Zealand. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Partido Pirata de Chile (8 June 2017). "Declaración Pública Partido Pirata de Chile sobre el Uso de herramientas digitales para mejorar la democracia". www.partidopirata.cl. 
  17. ^ Lumio (3 April 2014). "Wellington Tech Startup Loomio Wins International Award". Scoop.co.nz. 
  18. ^ https://www.students.coop/get-involved-in-the-students-for-cooperation-loomio/
  19. ^ https://podemos.info/participa/herramientas/como-usar-loomio/
  20. ^ "Diaspora* project wiki". Retrieved 2014-10-29. 
  21. ^ "Realdemocracy project website". Retrieved 2014-10-29. 

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