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.

Story

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.

People

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

Hannah
Hannah Salmon

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

James
James Kiesel

Senior software developer, open source community coordinator, daring swashbuckler

Mary
Mary O'Keeffe

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

Matthew
Matthew Bartlett

Looking after customers, numbers, and design

Michael
Michael Elwood-Smith

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

Mj
MJ Kaplan

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

Nati
Natalia Lombardo

Translations coordinator, user support, activist

Rich
Richard Bartlett

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

Rob
Robert Guthrie

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

Advisors

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

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.