About us

Loomio is open source software, built by a worker-owned cooperative social enterprise. We are based in Aotearoa New Zealand, and are part of the Enspiral Network.

We believe that more groups practicing effective, inclusive decision-making can change organisational dynamics at a global scale. Loomio exists to make it easy for anyone, anywhere, to participate in decisions that affect their lives.


Loomio began in 2011, when activists from Occupy Wall Street and social entrepreneurs from the Enspiral Network realised they needed to solve the same problem: fast, inclusive, effective decision-making without meetings. In 2012, we formed our cooperative and released a prototype (Loomio Beta). We found that many others around the world needed the same solution.

In 2013, we ran a successful international crowdfunding campaign, enabling us to work on a new version of the software, Loomio 1.0, which was released the following year. In 2015, we raised a round of ethical capital, and are working to bring collaborative decision-making to millions more people around the world.


We’re a passionate team with deep expertise in group process facilitation, social change, business entrepreneurship, and open technology development.

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Alanna Krause

Co-founder, facilitator, bossless leadership geek, Enspiral Foundation director, cat lover

Babs bb25e6d6bdeae849245d6711e75104c35abfbf34e0bfca0771381cd0644995e4
Babs Lake

Company Secretary, operations, activist, nature lover

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Ben Knight

Co-founder and director, community organizer, collective intelligence researcher

Hannah bd56031f061cc48ef2af3a492ae979e578a12e98853227d1b5344a02574f00bb
Hannah Salmon

Software developer, user support, illustrator and DIY publisher, creative activist

James 4d4dde2b983aea54cae495962c5e771fbb0392bd47fac2cbad03c057ca63bf17
James Kiesel

Senior software developer, open source community coordinator, daring swashbuckler

Mary db1136c509b48edce490b0580ce6d3482631148341333a26a1534fe769c1552a
Mary O'Keeffe

Organisational wrangler, collaborator, team coach, pot luck hoster, star gazer

Matthew df515ec2a023929b4b25472cc60a45b2d36731e396008be1fff6d8eb14148ea6
Matthew Bartlett

Looking after customers, numbers, and design

Michael 2478974fc97bdf07f52290ada2162a7220154c48a97ec7510a8f6154f96023d0
Michael Elwood-Smith

Director, business and customer development, coordinator, startup coach, motorcyclist

Mj 03496f8c2043bfde47fbd40e8aed4d7f4465f1fbc89654c70202d0ac40258d9e
MJ Kaplan

Director, US based strategist, dot connector, coach, proud mama

Nati 919c510bf1766f1890eb00c28c9fa1c09c462743c07190dc18bb4470375dc90c
Natalia Lombardo

Translations coordinator, user support, activist

Rich 4d8defa008acb1e938a8bed559241e55892878faf9e871280b1295efa5f907c2
Richard Bartlett

Co-founder and software developer, activist, open source hardware hacker

Rob e975a9c4280ebd02ef045ad75f209e009d53ad7bf89096489a599eda5db0d287
Robert Guthrie

Senior developer, DevOps, architecture. Thinks up ideas and writes them into software

Viv 90b7a89f7df1b72430f79437488ab426d793b0b2ba99f9f39cfad446799792d2
Vivien Maidaborn

Co-founder, Chair of Loomio Board, Executive Director of UNICEF New Zealand


We’re backed by an Advisory Council with some of the brightest minds in democracy and tech internationally.

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Sascha Meinrath

Founder of X-Lab & Open Technology Institute

Round katherine ecaff3b7cb38c5d730ce83fd58672b8b5c5e85bcfadd1e5a73d7878cc3d6a399
Katherine Borsecnik

Former Senior Vice President, AOL, Vice Chair of Root Capital

Round joi 233fcb7812934bcba4377d856d788c058da073ffc6251067e0b786778fedb019
Joi Ito

Director of MIT Media Lab, Co-founder Creative Commons, Board of Mozilla Foundation

Round rushkoff 1393c444278cc3c621348e219c333015da10b107ea885125ba076d9bd8d6772d
Douglas Rushkoff

Bestselling author, CNN commentator, media theorist

Round monahans 1070e7380a03f0500179ec0cab8c1b4477c08c2d618a15a3a6722d802c6528d4
Matthew & Brian Monahan

Cofounders of Inflection, Namaste Foundation

Purpose & Values

The Loomio Co-operative exists to create a world where it’s easy for anyone to participate in decisions that affect them.

With the right collaborative process, groups generate better ideas, decisions and actions than any individual would by themselves. The Loomio Co-operative aims to break down the barriers to participation in decision-making at every level: in neighbourhoods, community organisations, businesses, social movements, and local and national governance.

Co-operative social enterprise

Loomio is a social enterprise collectively owned by the people building it. Unlike a traditional profit­ maximising company, revenue is not an end in itself, but a means towards achieving a core social purpose. A worker-owned cooperative structure is a powerful way to live our values of collaboration and collective ownership.

Independent and neutral

Loomio is committed to remaining independent so it can provide a neutral place for any group to come together.

Open-source collaboration

Loomio aims to develop open-source tools that make collaboration accessible to everyone.

Adaptive, reflexive, user-driven

Loomio aims to develop tools which are iterative, self-reflexive and adaptive, driven by the collective wisdom of the user community.


The Loomio Co-operative will be surrounded by a valued community of users and contributors. This community must be confident that the Loomio Co-operative is doing what it says it is. We are committed to high standards for sharing information.