It’s been an amazing two weeks, with support coming from all corners of the globe. Thanks to the generosity of more than 600 wonderful people, we’re nearly halfway to our goal with 3 weeks to go. It feels like we’ve got a real shot at making this happen, but we’re going to need some help to get there.
We’ve been pretty overwhelmed in the last week, with two amazing authors writing positively about Loomio.
Cory Doctorow wrote a piece for BoingBoing about Loomio in the context of a sci-fi novel he wrote several years ago about people in the future using technology to coordinate without hierarchy.
Earlier this week Loomio was translated into Taiwanese Mandarin in a matter of hours, by a team of 19 translators who came together in response to calls for online tools for democratic organising in the student-led movement for government transparency in Taiwan.
Interview series launched, more to come
Last week we launched a series of interviews with thought leaders at the intersection between technology, culture and politics, with a set of videos from Nancy White. Nancy has over 25 years of expertise in online communities, and is the co-author of Digital Habits.
Loomio has a chance to get our year off on an awesome footing. We are currently in the running for the MIX Prize Digital Freedom Challenge – a competition run by the Management Innovation Exchange (MIX) for organisations who are encouraging and providing for increased autonomy in the workplace.
Within organisations that use Loomio, employees are given a chance to actively engage in workplace decision-making. With this comes the freedom to innovate, experiment and bring a degree of creativity to their work that might not be possible within a bureaucratic hierarchical system. We’re also putting our money where our mouth is with Loomio’s horizontal management structure – we’ve never needed any bosses and never been happier without them!
Our second year at the Loomio Cooperative has turned out to be an action-packed and exciting time of developing the product, expanding the team, and spreading the word about Loomio.
We hope you’ve been loving using Loomio as much as we have loved developing it. With the help of our international community, the tool has now been translated into 13 languages, with many more in the pipeline. Thank you to all who have helped on this project!
Loomio world tour
Okay so maybe not the whole world… but Vivien and Ben have just returned from a five-week whirlwind trip across the UK, western Europe and both coasts of the USA. The trip was sparked by the Council of Europe inviting Loomio to present at the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg. We decided to make the most of the sponsored travel and sent them on a five week trip to meet with Loomio users, supporters and groups working within the social enterprise, open source and citizen democracy communities in Europe and North America. They met with a huge number of inspiring people who are working towards a more engaged and connected world.
One highlight was meeting with Anne-Marie Slaughter at the New America Foundation, who have some amazing work underway with the Open Technology Institute to build tools to help communities maintain safe communications technology in unstable political situations. We’re at the beginning of an exciting conversation about Loomio providing a framework for community decision-making that could potentially be part of an open-source toolkit for resilient communities.
Last month we announced the exciting new designs for the future of the software with a major focus on mobile support. Since then we’ve been hard at work developing all these new features. Over the next couple of months you’ll see some highly anticipated improvements emerging from the code workshop, including a brand new interface that works on mobile, a public-facing profile page for your groups, and architectural and privacy improvements that will make it easier to join groups, and quicker to get decisions underway.
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Rent the Team update
Thanks to everyone who responded to our “For Rent” blog post. We were delighted to be overwhelmed with interest, with even more offers of work than we could handle! Our dev team is underway with contracts over the next couple of months so we’re in great shape as we get ready for the exciting next phase. Read on…
Early next year we will be embarking on our international launch and a massive crowdfunding campaign to fund the exciting next phase of feature development. As Loomio scales up and goes fully mobile, we’re rapidly moving towards our vision of a super accessible platform that enables anyone to participate in important decisions from anywhere. As we keep developing, we would love to have your input on what sort of rewards you would like to see in the campaign, and any suggestions you have to make a huge splash! Feel free to join in the conversation here.
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. George Bernard Shaw (via jillbromen)