Four of us attempted to explain Loomio – what it is, why we need it, and how it works. Rough and off the cuff!
Hoping some of these ideas will be inspiration for our upcoming video explaining the Loomio concept.
- What is consensus?
- How the protocols of a discussion can influence outcomes
- How this tool will aid group self-understanding
- Anecdotes about the power of empowering people in organizations to be heard
- Specific goals for the stage we’re trying to fund (what we’ll accomplish if we’re funded)
- How we want to bring it to the stage where we can open it up and develop the project using the tool itself with community input
- Making sure it’s clear this is open source and will be totally free
Jon and Rich came up with this in February. This is an evolving document, but it’s a good start.
Loomio – “Helping groups move together”
Loomio is a web app that helps groups of individuals make decisions together.
As groups get larger they tend to become less efficient, and often individuals start to feel that the group is no longer accomplishing what it set out to do. This happens with companies, political entities, universities… pretty much any large collective. However, while groups can often become very inefficient, they can also become very powerful when engaged together with common purpose and intent.
Loomio aims to leverage the power of groups by using the Internet to facilitate consensus-based decision-making. It provides a platform where group members can discuss issues, propose ideas and solutions, and then vote on decisions together. The end result is that better decisions are made, and the group has a greater understanding of itself and it’s direction forward.
Loomio is being collaboratively developed as an open source project. We are seeking input from a diverse range of people, from activists to business people.