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.
Software developer, user support, illustrator and DIY publisher, creative activist
Senior software developer, open source community coordinator, daring swashbuckler
Organisational wrangler, collaborator, team coach, pot luck hoster, star gazer
Looking after customers, numbers, and design
Director, business and customer development, coordinator, startup coach, motorcyclist
Director, US based strategist, dot connector, coach, proud mama
Translations coordinator, user support, activist
Co-founder and software developer, activist, open source hardware hacker
Senior developer, DevOps, architecture. Thinks up ideas and writes them into software
We’re backed by an Advisory Council with some of the brightest minds in democracy and tech internationally.
Founder of X-Lab & Open Technology Institute
Former Senior Vice President, AOL, Vice Chair of Root Capital
Director of MIT Media Lab, Co-founder Creative Commons, Board of Mozilla Foundation
Bestselling author, CNN commentator, media theorist
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.Transparency
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.