About Loomio

Our story

Loomio is an online tool for collaborative decision-making, built by a team of technologists, activists and social entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

Loomio emerged from the need for a scalable way to make inclusive group decisions during the Occupy movement in 2011.

We experienced the transformative potential of collaborative decision-making, as well as its severe limitations: if people have to be in the same place at the same time to participate, it can never scale.

We set out to build a solution to this problem: using the Internet to give people an easy way to make good decisions together, wherever they are.

It’s called Loomio, like a loom for weaving diverse perspectives together :)

Now more than 75,000 people have made more than 25,000 decisions on Loomio.


We’re a mission-driven organization with a social purpose at our core: Loomio exists to make it easy for anyone, anywhere, to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

We measure our impact in the numbers of people and groups involved in decisions AND the inspiring stories from people using it to do great things in their communities.


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


Round sascha

Sascha Meinrath

Founder of X-Lab & Open Technology Institute

Round katherine

Katherine Borsecnik

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

Round joi

Joi Ito

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

Round rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff

Bestselling author, CNN commentator, media theorist

Round monahans

Matthew & Brian Monahan

Cofounders of Inflection, Namaste Foundation


Loomio is a cooperative social enterprise based in New Zealand. We’re a passionate team with deep expertise in group process and open technology development.



Ben Knight

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


MJ Kaplan

US operations lead, adjunct professor in social enterprise at Brown University


Robert Guthrie

Co-founder and lead software architect, accessibility, user experience


Jon Lemmon

Co-founder and software developer, user experience designer, musician


Chelsea Robinson

Facilitation expert, collaboration coach, Generation Zero co-founder


Jesse Doud

Software developer, design, accessibility, bike guru


Mix Irving

Software developer, translation specialist, education, group process


Malcolm Shearer

Organisational systems, process design


Simon Tegg

Data analysis, visualisation, software development, communication


Alanna Krause

Co-founder and consulting lead, management activist, director of Enspiral Foundation


Richard D. Bartlett

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


Vivien Maidaborn

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


Aaron Thornton

Co-founder and software developer, front-end specialist


Hannah Salmon

Software developer, user support, illustrator, creative activist


Matthew Bartlett

Designer, data analysis, business development


James Kiesel

Software developer, open source community coordinator, daring swashbuckler


Michael Elwood-Smith

Business development, collaboration coach, motorcyclist

Legal stuff

Loomio is made with love by the fine humans of the Loomio Co-operative Limited, a worker-owned and New Zealand registered co-operative company located at:

Enspiral Space
Level 2, 89 Courtenay Place
Te Aro Wellington CBD,
6011 Aotearoa / New Zealand

Our payment processor obliges us to tell you that delivery is instantaneous, and no refunds will be given.