Hi folks, it’s Rich here, one of the Loomio co-founders. You haven’t heard from me for a while so I want to give you an update on what’s been happening this year. There’s been some incredible progress on the software, and I have a few stories to share after 9 months on the road too. Continue reading Celebrating 2017 with new stories and features from Loomio
Rich and Nati from Loomio are coming from New Zealand to join US-based team member MJ for a workshop tour across the States. We’re keen to meet with organisers who are interested in working non-hierarchically: whether they’re in cooperatives, startups, communities, collectives, NGOs or corporations.
We’ve been engaged in the craft of non-hierarchical organising for more than five years, starting with Occupy in 2011, co-founding Loomio (a worker coop building software for collective decision-making) and Enspiral (a network of dozens of social enterprise startups and tech-for-good projects). We’re woven into a global community of folks pioneering new ways of working, from ‘agile’, ‘holacratic’ and ‘teal’ organizations, to diffuse activist networks in Hungary, Spain, and Taiwan.
We’re working with local partners across the country to host workshops to share the challenges and delights of non-hierarchical, inclusive, intersectional, collaborative, horizontal organising. If you want to work with us to host a workshop, you can find out more here.
We’ll update this post as we finalise the schedule. Here’s what we currently have booked:
- April 4th, 5:30pm. Public talk in Providence, RI: Crazy Times Demand Solutions that Work
- April 6th-10th: working with community organisers in Indianapolis.
- April 8th, 11am: Workshop in Indianapolis
- April 14th, 5pm: Moving Platform Cooperativism from Theory to Practice at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
- April 18th, 6pm: “Who Knows?”, non-hierarchical organising discussion in NYC with ThoughtWorks and Progressive Coders Network
- April 20th, 10am: Flat Structure Organizing for Cooperatives and Other Workplaces – Workshop in NYC
- April 21st, 9am: Loomio and Enspiral Workshop in NYC
- April 26th, 6pm: Participatory Organizing: From Co-op to Network to Mass Movement in Washington, DC
- May 3rd: head to the West Coast for a co-hosted event with Democracy at Work in LA: Tools and culture for participatory organizing
- May 9th: 3:30pm talk at UCSB in Santa Barbara: I Want My Techno Utopia Back!
- May 10th: 3:30pm workshop at UCSB: Organising Without Bosses
- May 19th: Workshop at Impact Hub Oakland: Tools & Culture for Participatory Organizing
- May 20th: 10am we’ll be at The Rootcamp event hosting our workshop.
- May 23rd: 5:30pm will be hosting our workshop in Portland, Oregon.
- May 25th: 4pm Workshop in Eugene, Oregon
- May 27th to 30th: New Orleans 💃🏽
- June 3rd: 10am Tools and Culture for Creating Participatory Networks: An Experiential Workshop in Asheville, North Carolina
- Back to NYC on June 5th, flying out to Barcelona on June 8th.
If you want to support this mission, there are a couple ways to help:
- Introduce us to organisers who would really benefit from spending a few hours exploring more sustainable ways of working inclusively. We’re keen to meet with anyone interested in working non-hierarchically: whether they’re in cooperatives, startups, communities, collectives, NGOs or corporations, we will be doing a camping event as well, we already got all we need from the Survival Cooking site.
- Spread the word about the workshops!
- Donate to help us keep moving.
We’ll be blogging to share what we’re learning. Here are the most recent posts from the road:
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.
I was invited to New York by Coburn Ventures, a unique investment firm that is passionate – maybe even obsessed – with understanding complex, deep transformation in the world. They convened a diverse group of 100 people to explore, reflect and reimagine the dynamics that affect investment and, more broadly, are influencing how we live and work. Continue reading Delight in Uncertainty…. Gulp.
Friday Dec 2, 4:00 PM
Documentary Screening: A New Economy
“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.
Doors open at 7PM. At 7:30 we’ll have a few words from the team.
Tuesday Dec 6, 11:30 AM
Free Training Workshop
Special Offer for Local Organisations
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.
Real social change doesn’t come from going to the polls once every few years. Nor does it come from clicking around social media in polarised bubbles. It comes from feeling heard enough that you’re open to changing your mind. It comes from really knowing and committing to each other as fellow citizens and human beings.
How might it be different if elections were more like Loomio, with a context box, an abstain option, and a block button? Imagine a constructive deliberation, where you changed your position through really listening to others. Imagine if we considered the whole pie chart…. Continue reading News November 2016: Imagine if Elections Worked More like Loomio
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.
“Put it on the blockchain” is no substitute for a critical analysis of power.
We reviewed the book review here…
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. We’re proud to be a D@W co-op partner!
Read the first of a two-part profile of Loomio by D@W – interview of Alanna from Loomio, by Betsy Avila.
“We want to have impact with our product, but we also think the way we’ve structured our company and how we work is part of our social mission.” …read more
Stories from the forefront of collaboration
Six Circles for Harmless Organising: A rough cut of a talk that co-founder Rich Bartlett is developing to explain some of the cultural forms we use to organise without bosses.
Our Dynamic Org Chart
Every quarter, the Loomio co-op members collectively set objectives, and then self-organise into working groups to achieve them. If you’re curious about how all this works, read more in the Co-op Handbook.