Building workforce capability to address Family Violence and Sexual Violence

Workforce Capability Framework

Over the last few years, the New Zealand Government has been committed to seeking new ways to guarantee everyone in New Zealand a safe environment to live. The country has one of the highest reported rates of family violence and sexual violence in the developed world, so action is needed.

People working in the sector need a national  framework and clear guidelines for safely and consistently tackling these problems. A combined cross-government and sector  team championed the development of a Workforce Capability Framework for addressing Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whānau.

We interviewed Giselle Wansa-Harvey, Family Violence Multi-Agency Workforce Expert Design Group lead, to hear about how this extensive framework was created and people in the workforce consulted.

“No matter where you are, the Workforce Capability Framework provides means to identify how best to help people and where to find resources. The Framework goes into detail and aims to guide anyone across the workforce including community members who intersect with people experiencing family violence, sexual violence and/or violence within whānau”, explains Giselle Wansa-Harvey.

Reaching wider engagement online

The Workforce Expert Design Group needed to consult a wide range of people and organisations working in this area around the country, including government agencies, volunteers, service providers and kahukura (community champions).

Giselle highlights the importance of hearing opinions from people whose work the project covers in an effective and timely manner, and used Loomio.

We worked in stages and initially produced a skeleton version of the Framework based on preliminary research, targeted consultations across the country and face-to-face interviews. The draft was then published on the Loomio group and people were invited to comment and discuss.”

Gaining meaningful insight

This subject is sensitive in nature, and Giselle found the online consultation in a closed Loomio group a natural way to work.

“We found Loomio good for gaining meaningful insight, and we were pleased with the number of comments. Many people came back to respond again and comments were well formed and detailed”, Giselle describes.

Good preparation is the key for the process to run smoothly.

“Our team prepared discussion threads carefully and considered risks. However, participants responded professionally and with consideration.”

A clear and easy way for working together

Government projects often work under strict deadlines and explicit requirements. Giselle describes Loomio as a sound tool for cross-government projects.

“It was easy to go out to the sector with a concrete request to contribute on Loomio. People took the opportunity to express their opinions, engage with the topic, and the working group received valuable feedback.”

Expert Design Team

Loomio is designed for online collaboration that turn discussion into action. Try Loomio for your group here.

Celebrating 2017 with new stories and features from Loomio

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

UNICEF and Les Mills use Loomio to coordinate global fundraising campaign

People in 75 countries joined a fundraising fitness class for supporting children’s access to water in East Africa. The event was a result of Unicef NZ and Les Mills putting their strengths together in a global campaign supported by Loomio.

In mid 2017 MovetheWorld.live established a partnership between UNICEF NZ and global fitness company Les Mills International, sharing a goal of creating a world where every child survives and thrives.

Access to clean drinking water, one of our fundamental needs, affects over 2.1 billion people worldwide. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of waterborne diseases.

On the 18th of November 2017 tens of thousands of people in 75 countries took part in the “Workout for Water” campaign led by Les Mills instructors and clubs. The goal was to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s global programmes for children.

Building a global team; delivering with speed

One of the challenges faced from the project outset was to mobilise team members across multiple locations and timezones.

“Creating a team space to facilitate, capture and consolidate our thinking; make decisions and collaborate on the work was a priority from the beginning”, says Chris Rae, Programme Manager, Move the World.live.

The newly established team crossed four organisations based in Wellington, Auckland, Geneva, Copenhagen and London. Face to face meetings were rarely an option and at no point was the whole team in the same room.

“We had about 3 months to move from zero to global fundraising capability. While we used tools like Trello to manage our Product Backlog and Zoom for our face-to-face virtual meetings, we wanted an intentionally designed virtual team space to help the team form quickly, where anybody could start or participate in conversations”.

Understandably the team was initially reticent about using “another new tool” but before long everyone was using Loomio including the Project Governance Board.

Anna Harre, UNICEF NZ’s Digital Specialist was new to Loomio. “I thought Loomio was the ideal tool to use to organise our group conversations and keep them out of email. The way topics were categorised worked really well for the team, the threads were easy to keep track of and it was very simple to begin a new thread when another major decision needed to be made. I liked the notifications you received daily saying ‘things you missed on Loomio’. I used the ‘Unread Threads’ tab all the time, and the ‘Recent Threads’ tab was also really handy to catch up on conversations I might have missed.”

Multifunctional Loomio keeps everything secure and confidential

The new Loomio product features released earlier this year helped the Move the World team to save time.

“Coordinating team calendars in multiple timezones became an easy task with Loomio Time Poll. Using threads for each meeting meant that all related content, including decisions and actions could be stored in one place; where everyone could continue to contribute even after the meeting was completed,” describes Mary O’ Keeffe, Project Manager, MoveTheWorld.live

“I love the ‘check’ function” says Mary, “It’s an easy way for people to say ‘yes, I’ve completed/I agree’ and takes no time at all. We actually used dot voting to agree our MoveTheWorld.live brand. It meant a lot to involve the team in that decision.”

The team made extensive use of sub-groups with vendors, technical and management teams. Importantly, Loomio allowed specific content to be shared efficiently with only the relevant people. Moreover, the security of Loomio gave the team trust to use it as a confidential platform for reviewing and archiving documents.

Global group-work resulted in funds for water

Workout for Water was run in less than six months, which is a relatively short time for a global campaign by two large organisations. Regardless of geographical challenges and time-pressure, the team managed to organise their work successfully. As a result, the campaign has raised over USD $700k to date; enough to set up 1,700 water pumps.

You can support the Workout for Water campaign with a donation here. Try the Loomio tool at loomio.org ❤️

Citizens getting organised in Venezuela

One of the benefits of working at Loomio is that we get to connect with a big variety of social movements around the world. It’s always inspiring to discover another group of citizens finding new ways of generating deeper engagement with their government. Here’s a short story about one of those movements using Loomio right now in Venezuela.

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DSDVzla (Democracy, Society and Development of Venezuela) is a movement of distributed networks all over the Venezuelan territory. This year in April, they started using Loomio to organise and communicate with citizens.

In conversation with them, they told me that because of the current political crisis in Venezuela, they have had to use all their effort, cleverness, creativity and courage to guarantee greater democratic participation.

“We’ve found ourselves needing to use new tools for communications and information. And to implement new ways of doing activism and political organisation, that allow all citizens to participate in social and political ways, from their own realities and abilities.”

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Loomio helps them organise effectively, despite the movement being distributed across the country. Everyone can participate in decision-making, while still moving quickly and efficiently.

They have found the new decision tools particularly helpful, especially the poll, the time poll and check. They’re sure they will get to fully benefit from all the functionalities that Loomio offers, as a tool well adjusted to the needs of the new millennium organisations.


You and your team can also benefit using Loomio! Set up a new group here.

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.


I met my friend Taylor in college and we’ve always enjoyed working together. We were looking for a way to collaborate, share our talents with each other, and take on projects we couldn’t do by ourselves. So, we started a collective called Vulk, a web design shop.

We have five core members. It’s a diverse group that come from different backgrounds. We’re not just technical people, but also creative people interested in designing experiences. We all have different opinions.

Continue reading Shortening Meetings from Hours to 30 Minutes

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.

Continue reading Consultants: Create a Safe Space for All Voices on Loomio

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.


leonjay1We use Loomio to communicate between members and prototype different ideas to reduce climate change and lower our impact.

Sharing Ideas and Getting on the Same Page

If you’re trying to work together as a group of citizens, it’s great if you’re all heading in the same direction. But if one person’s doing one thing and one person’s doing another, you’re taking a scatter-gun approach. Continue reading Rapid Prototyping for Community Impact

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!

It allowed us to expand on what would typically be the local town hall meeting, and reach many more people. We reached people that otherwise wouldn’t have contributed to the conversation, including marginalised populations and youth.”

— Tom MacDiarmid, Statistics New Zealand

 

Need to engage a wider group of people in your consultation project?

Loomio is easy to use and accessible, enabling you to engage with people in a facilitated conversation. Data and analytics reports provide a record of the engagement.

You can start your own Loomio group now, or contact us if you need direct support.

Loomio has a network of experienced consultants and facilitators who can help you set up your group, and train & coach your team in online facilitation.

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.

Loomio improved the effectiveness and efficiency of our communication. It keeps everything in one place. It’s a resource that we can keep coming back to, to see the train of thought behind a decision.

Loomio helped people feel confident that they understood what they were agreeing to.”

If you want to see how Loomio can support your decision-making, get started today.

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.

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

“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.

Continue reading “We’re Allergic to Meetings” — How New England Tech Brings Out Great Ideas from Smart People

Bilingual Collaboration at Trusty Amigos Dog Walking Co-op

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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.

I had worked for a Dog Walking service for 3 years in the past. We trained the dogs I got some tips from a labradoodle breeder michigan and we sometimes use special collars for keeping barking down,   I liked the work, but at the time I had no benefits and I had reached the maximum hourly wage. I thought a co-op would be a great opportunity to be a co-owner instead of just an employee. I really liked the idea of working with a co-op instead of trying to start my own business alone.

We meet every other week in person, but it’s nice to have an place to discuss issues in between meetings, which is why we were looking for an online decision-making tool. We found out about Loomio through the Center for Family Life, which is an organization that helps co-ops and other community activities. Continue reading Bilingual Collaboration at Trusty Amigos Dog Walking Co-op

How the National Assembly for Wales Used Loomio for Online Collaboration

Guest post by Kevin Davies, Senior Public Engagement Manager, National Assembly for Wales


The Welsh Government’s mission is to “help improve the lives of people in Wales and make our nation a better place in which to live and work”. One of the ways the National Assembly for Wales looks at how effectively the Welsh Government is doing its job is through committees.

It’s important that the National Assembly hears from a wide range of people affected by the decisions the Welsh Government makes. Traditional approaches tend to encourage a response from a select few who are already very well engaged with the political process. In order to engage with more diverse audiences, different approaches are needed.

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Kevin Davies
Senior Public Engagement Manager, Communications, National Assembly for Wales
Uwch Reolwr Ymgysylltu â’r Cyhoedd, Cyfathrebu, Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

 

Continue reading How the National Assembly for Wales Used Loomio for Online Collaboration

How a Translation Collective is Redefining Publishing

Nati from Loomio had the chance to interview Stacco Troncoso, strategic director of the P2P Foundation and co-founder of Guerrilla Translation, a commons-oriented translation collective who is currently crowdfunding an innovative initiative called Think Global / Print Local.


StaccoGuerrilla Translation was inspired by the P2P Foundation, specifically the theoretical work of its founder Michel Bauwens. We’ve tried to apply what an Open Co-op should be to translation — things like active creation of commons, copyfair licensing, contributory accounting, and post-credentialism. The collective is three years old now, and we’ve provided a wealth of pro-bono translations from English to Spanish and vice-versa.

Continue reading How a Translation Collective is Redefining Publishing

NZ Government Carries Out Open and Transparent Policy Consultation about Open Source

paulstonePaul Stone, Programme Leader for Open Government Data at Land Information NZ, tells the story of how a consultation to develop a framework for consistent licensing of New Zealand Government open source software has been carried out successfully in an open and transparent manner.

Continue reading NZ Government Carries Out Open and Transparent Policy Consultation about Open Source

Helping Teams Thrive with Loomio – My Journey with Collaboration Consulting

Since Loomio first launched, the team has been fielding requests from clients to help make the tool and collaborative processes work for them. In response, Loomio has offered consulting Services that discover needs, identify changes to work processes, and coach key team members to understand the magic and the practicality of Loomio’s mission: “Enabling everyone to have a say in decisions that affect them”.

Now Loomio is starting to work with independent consultants, like me, to offer these services to a wider range of clients.

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Continue reading Helping Teams Thrive with Loomio – My Journey with Collaboration Consulting

Keep Going Between Meetings: Debt Resistance UK

Alanna from Loomio met Vica Rogers in London, to learn more about her world of citizen education and activism. Vica was involved in the Occupy movement in the UK, and has continued working on related issues ever since. We took some time in Vica’s back garden to hear about how group collaboration is helping citizens in her community organise around the issue of debt.

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Governing Commons Together, at La Coroutine Co-working

Alanna from Loomio met Simon Sarazin in Berlin at “Capital for the Commons”, where Simon was presenting his work on uCoin, a project seeking to implement universal basic income through cryptocurrency. He took a break from hacking on economics to tell us how collaborative governance has transformed his co-working space in Lille, France.

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200 Artists, 12 Buildings, 1 Community: Gängeviertel Collective

Alanna from Loomio met Till Wolfer at POC21, a 6 week innovation camp in France focused on open source hardware for sustainability. Till was lending his expertise as an architect and designer, along with his open source XYZ cargo bikes for participants to get around on. He stepped out for a moment to share how he collaborates back home with a 200-person artist collective occupying 12 buildings in Hamburg, Germany.

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Continue reading 200 Artists, 12 Buildings, 1 Community: Gängeviertel Collective

“Our democratic values  are in that software” – How the P2P Foundation Does High-Level Coordination

Alanna from Loomio met up with Michel Bauwens in Berlin, while both were participating in a conference about “Capital for the Commons”. They managed to slip out for a few minutes so Michel could tell Alanna about his experience using Loomio with the P2P Foundation, which he founded.

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Continue reading “Our democratic values  are in that software” – How the P2P Foundation Does High-Level Coordination

Spreading the collaborative decision-making meme

Loomio cofounder Richard D. Bartlett chats with Matthew Luxon, Auckland changemaker and Loomio champ

Matthew LuxonMatthew Luxon is director of Envision NZ. They develop ideas for social benefit, especially those related to waste and resource recovery: e.g. establishing community recycling centres.

“Last year I was working on a project in the Waikato region, with a wide range of stakeholders. As I’m driving from Auckland to Hamilton over and over again, I’m thinking: there must be a better way. Loomio would have halved those trips!”

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Vibrant Community Online & Off – the Red Victorian Co-Living Hotel

Alanna from Loomio caught up with Jessy Kate Schingler and Brittany Ferrero in San Francisco, where they were gathering with other social entrepreneurs connected to Enspiral. They took some time out to talk about how collaboration works in their co-living hotel.

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How OuiShare is Scaling a Shared Vision Across Countries

Alanna met Benjamin Tincq and Francesca Pick at POC21, an open source hardware innovation camp in a castle in France, which OuiShare was a core convener of. They stepped out to share how they collaborate as a large-scale international distributed community.

Continue reading How OuiShare is Scaling a Shared Vision Across Countries

How Digital Nomads Run a Distributed Social Media Co-Op

Alanna from Loomio met Romain Chanut at POC21, a 6 week innovation camp in France focused on open source hardware for sustainability. Romain was there with his “Do It Together” JerryCan – a low cost computer you can assemble from recycled materials. We took a break from hacking on hardware to learn more about his other role, as a digital transformer in a social media collective. I highly suggest to check some good reviews on a working monitor, so you make sure to the always get the best quality possible.

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Diverting Funds from Wall St to the Commons: Robin Hood Co-op

Alanna met Dan Hassan in London, where he was speaking at an event in Hackney Wick about “DIY Social Movements”. Just as the light was fading, we walked along the canals looking for a quiet spot for him to share his thoughts about creating ‘economic space’ at Robin Hood Co-op.

Most of us are allergic to finance because it doesn’t work for us. It closes down possibilities and creativity. We have the idea that it could be different, that it could be creative.

Continue reading Diverting Funds from Wall St to the Commons: Robin Hood Co-op

How the COY11 Global Youth Coalition Self-Organised to Make an Impact at COP21

Alanna from Loomio met Manon Piazza at POC21, where we were occupying a disused castle outside Paris, prototyping a sustainable society and hacking on open source hardware.

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The Conference of Youth runs in parallel to the United Nations climate change conferences, most recently for the 11th time as COY11 during COP21 in Paris. It’s a large scale coordination involving thousands of people, run by volunteers using collaborative organising principles.

Manon Piazza is passionate about bringing the voices of young people into the conversation about climate change. She was part of a large group of volunteers that organised the youth conference.

The critical issue of a generation – and no time for meetings.

Continue reading How the COY11 Global Youth Coalition Self-Organised to Make an Impact at COP21

How to run an open source community space

About the same time as we started Loomio, a group of us also set up 17 Tory St: an “Open Source Community Gallery”.

In the last three years, hundreds of events have been held in the space, covering a huge diversity of noncommercial uses: political meetings, art exhibitions, massage classes, paint-making workshops, film nights + many, many more.

Using Loomio to manage the space means we can provide this extraordinary volunteer-run community venue, without ever having to get together for boring meetings.

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Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to host National Energy Conference Public Engagement on Loomio

Translated from The China Times. Thank you to Audrey Tang and Finjon Kiang!

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C. (MoEA) announced that the National Energy Conference is to be held Jan 26, 27. To follow the trends of collecting voices on the internet in nowadays, MoEA plans pre-conference discussions on the internet between Jan 14 – 20.

They chose Loomio as the platform, for an interactive mode like both the National Conference on Economic and Trade Affairs and the Youth Housing Forum have used. They will collect more comments from the internet as references for the main assembly at the National Energy Conference.

Continue reading Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to host National Energy Conference Public Engagement on Loomio