A screenshot of Loomio in action
Loomio is decision-making software to assist groups with collaborative decision-making processes. It is a free software web application. Users initiate discussions and put up proposals. As discussions progress the group receives feedback on a proposal through an up-datable pie chart.
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".
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.
The Pirate Party of Hellas used Loomio 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.
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 .
Loomio won the MIX Prize Digital Freedom Challenge in April 2014.
Projects using Loomio
Prominent projects that use Loomio for collaborative work based on democratic process:
- Collaborative software
- Deliberative democracy
- Online consultation
- Online deliberation
- Public sphere
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