March 16th, 2013 00:28

Introduce yourself to the Loomio Community

Benjamin Knight
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There are so many new faces popping up in the Loomio Community!

This is a place where everyone can introduce themselves to the group, so we can all get to know each other :)

As new people come in who have provided some info about themselves, we'll welcome them here.

Benjamin Knight

Benjamin Knight March 16th, 2013 01:04

I guess I'll get the ball rolling :)

I'm very happy to be part of the rapidly growing Loomio team. I'm based in Wellington with some of the other folks, working out of the Enspiral space.

I'm mostly focused on community outreach stuff, online facilitation, and helping develop a cooperative social enterprise model that demonstrates our values and keeps the project resourced in a sustainable way. I've never worked with such an amazing bunch of people, so I'm feeling pretty lucky.

As a human: I'm 29, and have been living in Wellington (North Island, New Zealand) for about 4 years. I grew up in Dunedin (South Island), apart from a couple of years when I was little living in the US (Maryland, near Washington DC), and a couple of years that I was studying in the US and UK, then traveling through central America and eastern Europe volunteering on organic farms and working at an environmental NGO in Czech Republic.

I loved coming back to Wellington, playing drums in a few bands and getting involved in community organising and social justice work, mainly through arts and music.

When the Occupy movement rolled around in 2011 I got deeply caught up in it, and had a first taste of collective decision-making on a scale I'd never even thought possible.

Then, connecting with Enspiral and realizing that there were so many other people (even just in Wellington, not to mention everywhere else) having exactly the same thoughts about how to use technology to make participatory decision-making easy for everyone - and that together with likeminded people all over the place, we maybe even have some of the skills to make it happen - well, I have been excited non-stop about working on Loomio ever since :)

I love that things are now at the point where we can grow an international community together around this project, connect with so many other amazing projects around the world, and provide space for all these projects and people to connect with each other.

The best part of the entire project for me is looking (obsessively) at the list of incredible groups and organisations signing up to use Loomio.

Knowing that there is such extraordinarily positive stuff happening everywhere is a much needed balance to the extremely worrying environmental and political stuff also everywhere at the same time.

Basically, there's nothing I'd rather be working on, and no community I'd rather be working on it with :)

Jeff Swift

Jeff Swift March 18th, 2013 19:58

Hi all,

I too am excited to be here at the Loomio Community. I'm a PhD student working in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University. All that really just means that I love studying and engaging in online deliberation and activism. I'm in the proposal phase of my dissertation, which will look at case studies of where deliberation leads to activism.

I look forward to learning more about Loomio and what I can do to help out.

Chloe Waretini (Loomio Helper)

Chloe Waretini (Loomio Helper) March 18th, 2013 20:07

I'm stoked to be in the fringe of the Loomio team, living in Auckland New Zealand. I've been involved with Enspiral for almost a year which is how I discovered the amazingness that is Loomio. This project and the people behind it inspire me more than anything I've discovered in a long time!

I work as a brand and communications consultant doing graphic design, writing and strategy for grassroots community orgs and social enterprises. I've been working a tiny bit with Loomio on this, but mostly I've just been watching from afar. I am obsessed with experience design - particularly in relation to collaborative design processes. My ultimate is to apply that to a public space setting!

Keen to support the Loomio magic and the team any way I can :-)

Francisco George PP-ES

Francisco George PP-ES March 20th, 2013 00:29

Hi Everyone,

I'm 55, Belgian citizen residing in Madrid Spain, late father of twins 5 years old girls. I'm a member of the Directorate of the Spanish Pirate Party PIRATA.

I always been a freedom fighter, as any citizen of my native town, Liege, is. I participated during the eighties in the eclosion of Pirate Radios in Belgium, then participated to the legalization process till the end of it. The process reinstated the Private radio system in Belgium, that had disapeared during WW II.

I manage the account of @partido_pirata on Twitter. Mine is @paco229.

I was featured in a report from the public TV RTVE about social media called "The Social Mind" http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/informe-semanal/informe-semanal-mente-social/1426896/


Filipe Silva April 2nd, 2013 21:26

Hey, I'm Filipe, I'm 18 and I come from Portugal, as you all may know we are not going through an easy phase right now and all our social and entrepreneurial ideas and projects decision making are pretty much desorganized... So, my intentions here as a beta tester are not only to give feedback to the site developers (which have done an awesome work up to now, btw) but also to eventually help translating loomio to portuguese just as Noelia is doing to spanish right now...

Laurent Bassaler

Laurent Bassaler April 9th, 2013 16:07

Hello! I am Laurent! Very happy to take care of the French translation part! Living in Montpellier, French Riviera,. I am doing a M.A in cinema production, also waiting for a baby, and working for self sustainbility Projects like earthships and Simon Dale house and ecology!!!

Neil Morris

Neil Morris May 30th, 2013 14:40

Hi! I'm Neil - A Kiwi living in Europe (UK and Germany). On a trip back to New Zealand in January I got introduced to Loomio through a newspaper article. I have had a long term interest in online communities since I was first introduced to them in 1989, first started one in 1996, and have been involved with them on a daily basis ever since. Currently a part time PhD student and involved with a non-profit start up, Together 4 Change www.together4change.org I’m excited by the potential of Loomio and look forward to contributing in whatever way I can.

Richard Grevers

Richard Grevers June 4th, 2013 02:13

Hi, I'm Richard, living in Taranaki and a self-employed web developer. I'm webmaster for the Permaculture in New Zealand, which is how I came to be a trial user of loomio.

Rose Lu

Rose Lu June 6th, 2013 04:48

Hey! I'm Rose. I'm currently living in Christchurch and working as an embedded C developer. My interests are music and yoga and crochet and I tend to get really excited about things. Looking forward to contributing to Loomio!!!!!


Ronan McHugh June 27th, 2013 18:52

Hello, my name is Ronan. I'm originally from Ireland but I work in Copenhagen, Denmark as a developer. I have some experience of non-hierarchical activism from back home, so I was very interested to find this project. I'd like to be have a look around and hopefully squash some bugs if I can find the time.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving June 27th, 2013 22:41

@ronanmchugh do you know @nicolaswormser ? he's also in Copenhagen! @sophiejerram and @noelia from our team will be visiting there very soon too.

Malcolm Colman-Shearer

Malcolm Colman-Shearer June 28th, 2013 03:34

Hi all, I'm Malcolm. I live in Wellington in a large community house. I spend quite a bit of my week working as a Business Analyst at a rather large financial institution (I know, not exactly Loomioish!). I tend to work on things like project management, process improvement, systems development etc. Things that might be handy for Loomio as it gets bigger...
As you can see between paid work and home, I have my feet in two very different camps! Anyway, I'm hoping I can lend some of my skills to the cause.

Chris Taklis

Chris Taklis June 28th, 2013 08:42

Hi i am Chris, I am from Greece. i live in mt. Pelion. I hope i can help as much as i can on Loomio because i think it is a great project and with future especially for groups and organizations which want to make collective-decisions.

Nicolas Wormser

Nicolas Wormser June 28th, 2013 08:56

Hey @ronanmchugh, we need to catch up one of these days for sure. I'm looking for connections here, and I'd be more than happy to introduce you to the project. Are you keen to meet up next week? @sophiejerram is going to be around from wednesday and @noelia from Sunday, so that sounds like a perfect timing. Let me know (nicolas@cybercrumbs.net or here).


Ronan McHugh June 28th, 2013 10:14

Hey @nicolaswormser & @alannakrause, thanks for the heads up. Nicholas, yeah I'd be up for meeting. When are you planning to meet with the Kiwis? I'm time poor at the moment due to work and baby, but I'd like to be able to contribute a little bit now and then.


Noelia June 28th, 2013 11:06

yes lets catch up! it would be really cool! @nicolaswormser @ronanmchugh :)

Tom Lord

Tom Lord July 4th, 2013 11:39

Hi all! My name's Tom, as you can see :-)

I come from a background of less-heirarchical-activism, and I work with Aptivate - http://aptivate.org - a non-profit tech organisation working in international development, that runs by consensus, based in the UK.

As it happens, we've been making our own online consensus decision making & tracking tool called Econsensus - http://econsensus.org - which is somewhere behind Loomio in terms of its development stage - and so we're excited to hear both about this project and Loomio as an organisation! I had the great pleasure of speaking to Ben and Vivien last week, and I'm looking forward to continuing to work out how we can collaborate and what we have to share with one-another, both in terms of online collaboration tools and as software coop organisations (coop-ish in our case). We seem to share a lot of practices, ideas and ideals.

I'm also involved with an activist-tech network in the UK and I've been making people in the UK aware of both projects, and there's definitely interest.

At Aptivate we're already learning a lot from seeing what you've accomplished with Loomio, and we think we have some suggestions from our own experience, and I hope we have a lot of discussions in the future about all this good stuff. Maybe someone can suggest an appropriate way for us to start asking questions and suggesting things without drowning people in rambling :-)

I look forward to collaborating with you all!


Carl Scrase

Carl Scrase July 8th, 2013 11:53

Hi all,

It has been great reading through all the introductions.

I echoe the statement by @benjaminknightloom "When the Occupy movement rolled around in 2011 I got deeply caught up in it, and had a first taste of collective decision-making on a scale I'd never even thought possible."

After the wave of Occupy receded I went searching for wisdom from the last rising of the social movement in the 60's and 70's. That search has led me to living/working/playing at Commonground Co-operative. A Co-operative Social Enterprise that was set up in 1984 in Australia. I am learning lots from the collaborative process they have built up over the years here and am looking forward to amplifying them in the near future.


We offer Collaborative management and facilitation training through the Groupwork Institute.


We run the Commonground Social Change Festival.


We also have a conference centre we rent out at subsidised rates for social change organisations and a nice big market garden.

I am also Co-founder of Real Democracy Australia.


And part of the Stand In My Shoes empathy movement. http://standinmyshoes.com/

We live in exciting times and I am so happy that things like Loomio now exist!

Please connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett July 31st, 2013 04:24

Hi folks, my name's Rich, I'm one of the Loomio Co-op members. My work here sits across design, code development, customer support, and communications.

I am passionate about the potential for disruptive positive social change that results when open source communication technology is deployed on a massive scale. In addition to this software project, I pursue this interest through DIY hardware (e.g.), community organising and activism around digital rights.

Raphaël Jadot

Raphaël Jadot August 22nd, 2013 21:50

Hi my name is Raphaël, president of the association OpenMandriva.
Loomio is a great tool that help us taking decision, as we never can meet together (people from all over the World, from Brazil to New Zealand :)

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 25th, 2013 05:17

Welcome @simon1 !

Here's a bit about him...


I’ve experimented with online and in-person dialogue and deliberative processes since the mid-2000s. I’m proud of the work I did with Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council, especially the Who gets born? Pre-birth testing' project. Information about this work can be extracted from the National Archives by following the links from http://www.mfe.govt.nz/website/closed-sites/bioethics.html.

I’ve been supporting the Wellington City Youth Council for over two years now. The Youth Council has been using Loomio since mid 2012.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 25th, 2013 05:21

Welcome to some more new members... tell us a bit about yourself @brettlockspeiser @josephcederwall @niclane :)

Nic Lane

Nic Lane September 25th, 2013 05:25

i rage. art rage, film rage, theatre rage, archival rage, community rage... on loomio i rage on the big live arts group board. rage

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 25th, 2013 06:26

Welcome @robgilbert !

Here's a bit about Rob...

"As the chair of the Stirchley Stores committee it is part of my role to make sure everyone gets heard. Since we’ve started using Loomio we’ve had some really useful discussions that have previously consumed a lot of ‘real’ meeting time. With Loomio, people can get their idea together before speaking and as a result communicate more effectively."


max noble

max noble September 25th, 2013 06:53

Hello my name is max, you can call me the Evil Overlord.
I had a mental break down about 3 years ago and I have not recovered yet. Actually i don't even think i'm improving. In the meantime i'm doing what any other narcissistic psycho would do....build an evil empire hell bent on world domination.
If i step on anybody toes....sorry about that...but I am evil

Anyway must get back to work...this world domination thing a lot more work than i thought.

Your Evil Overlord

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 25th, 2013 07:19

Hey @rebekawhale - welcome! Can you introduce yourself?

max noble

max noble September 25th, 2013 08:01

How many people here are makers?

max noble

max noble September 25th, 2013 08:02

@richarddbartlett Are you a maker?

Rebeka Whale

Rebeka Whale September 25th, 2013 09:32

Hey Max, if by maker you mean physical materials + hands, then, Yes! Earthbuilding, Gardening, Sewing, Furniture...

Kia ora koutou,
I'm Rebeka Whale. I grew up in Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty - That's the East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa. (+ my first 8.5 years in Te Wai Pounamu).
I am also half Deutsch - from a beautiful suburb in Hamburg. Excited about the German translation!

I studied Performance Design (for theatre and film) at Massey - (School of Design, Fine Arts & Music) and Toi Whakaari, in Te Whaea - our National Dance & Drama School. I have also studied Graphic Design. Throughout my studies I have always been somewhat of an outsider because I cared a huge amount about the environmental impacts of all the materials I was using, and generally wanted to make a difference 'in the real world' rather than fantastical ones. crazy!

My first production was completely in Te Reo Maori. It was for Taki Rua, and I designed and made everything from scratch / recycled materials - Puppets, Sets, Costumes, Props. It travelled schools throughout the country.

I was a rebel at Uni and would go off to the other uni I wasn't actually a student at - Victoria- just so I could be involved in something useful with a bunch of my peers - This was the Environmental group, Gecko.
I learnt a huge amount about collaboration and empowerment through that. political change, social processes, collective action. Much volunteering ensued!

I have worked for Enviroschools and Te Mauri Tau as an illustrator/writer/ facilitator / Youth mentor. I have trained in the Art Of Hosting and have worked as a Facilitator for groups such as the Department of Conservation, The Wellington Community Gardens Network (which I used to coordinate briefly) and more. A lot of these connections came about because of ReGeneration. A network I co-created with a bunch of peers, primarily about Empowering youth who feel like outsiders because they give a shit. (the kind of thing we wished we'd had when we were at school!)
I've also worked at the Sustainability Trust as a 'Community Projects Coordinator' Running workshops on a heap of things such as Matariki and Gardening. I also set up and coordinated the Wellington Curtain Bank in its first year. Okay, enough backstory!

For the last few years I have been heavily involved with Enspiral, supporting social entrepreneurs to be well...social! I have looked after many of the Retreats and Social events we've had thus far, and for the past year I have managed our coworking space here in Wellington.

I am primarily a tactile, real-world person. Experience Design is my training from a theatrical as well as 'real world' perspective. Lots of supporting groups to support themselves, and enjoy the process.

I was at the first Loomio Retreat and was here to greet the Loomio crew as a member of Enspiral at the beginning. It's been amazing witnessing this thing grow and it's a valuable tool I appreciate immensely. The people involved are super brilliant, humble humans also.

Rebeka Whale

Rebeka Whale September 25th, 2013 09:33

Woops. I out-lengthed Ben! sorry about that.

Brett Lockspeiser

Brett Lockspeiser September 25th, 2013 15:46

Hi Loomions! I'm Brett. I'm a web developer in San Francisco. I'm part of of the Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative and we love loomio. http://blog.loomio.org/2013/09/23/write-cultural-fit/

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 25th, 2013 22:24

@maxnoble there are lots of makers here. @richarddbartlett sure is, and @richardfortune too!

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 25th, 2013 22:26

Let's welcome @jennymc !

"Hello! My name is Jen McArthur and I am a physical theatre performer and maker based in Wellington. I am part of a newly established community of independent performance practitioners in Wellington called the Big Live Arts Group. We have a page on Loomio and it is making our communication and decision making so efficient and fun.
I am really interested in feeding back and supporting this amazing tool in any way I am able. Its gonna change the world!"

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 25th, 2013 22:30

Some more community members to welcome!

@christopherrhalber says: Love Loomio would love to contribute.

@matthewnholt says:
I run a bitcoin mining Co-op and we use this service but need more feature like being able to hold motions based on shares held.

@daboczymihaly would you introduce yourself?

Benjamin Knight

Benjamin Knight September 25th, 2013 22:42

Great to see you in here @brettlockspeiser! Make yourself at home :)

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 26th, 2013 23:31

Welcome to our newest members! @joelbaxendale and @traceyambrose

Benjamin Knight

Benjamin Knight September 27th, 2013 22:04

Welcome aboard @cheryldoig! Really nice to get your introduction:

"I work as a leadership futurist, exploring trends and making sense of them for today. Collaboration, open government, and community engagement are clear signals for today…and then I found loomio. I got excited and wondered how I might use it to encourage voices to be heard.

At present I am working with a few school clusters in the Christchurch renewal and see some great possibilities so would love to talk with others about possibilities."

Dabóczy Mihály

Dabóczy Mihály September 28th, 2013 11:04

Hey! I'm a computer engineering student at Budapest, Hungary and the member of an activist group, called Student Network, in Hungarian: Hallgatói Hálózat (you can read about it in English here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Student-Network-Hungary/336769799770184 and if you wanna contact us write an email to szervezodj@gmail.com) We use Loomio as a decision making tool. If you have any question, please feel free to ask.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving September 30th, 2013 03:51

Welcome @nandortanczos!

Introduction: "I’m a RasTafari social ecologist active in a number of areas of social and political transformation. I have been using Loomio with a couple of groups and find it a really useful tool. I look forward to being part of it as it grows."

Hayden Glass

Hayden Glass October 4th, 2013 19:35

Hi folks,

Holy. You guys are really interesting!

I am a consulting economist, working mostly on issues in telecommunications and technology. I am particularly interested in whether New Zealand can take advantage of the internet to improve its economic prospects, and whether use of the internet can really overcome some of challenges we face from being geographically so far away from the rest of the world.

Check out http://themoxiesessions.co.nz for records of the Auckland discussion group I run that talks about this stuff.

I reckon Loomio is a super-interesting example of things the internet can change (i.e., decision-making processes).

Love your work.


Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett October 8th, 2013 11:06

Welcome @goob, who's been using Loomio almost since day one, coming from the Diaspora community. Great to have you in the Loomio Community group @goob, make yourself at home and feel free to introduce yourself here ^_^


goob October 8th, 2013 15:07

HI, thanks @richarddbartlett for the welcome.

Hi, everyone, I'm part of the Diaspora community, and we've been using Loomio to help our decision-making since it started! It's a great tool, and we've found it's been a real help in organising ourselves in a democratic and open way.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 8th, 2013 22:19

Welcome @joelcosgrove and @micheldestree ! Can you introduce yourself to the group?

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 8th, 2013 22:41

Welcome @hemondey !

"I’m quite new to Loomio.We are using this platform for our eco village in New Zealand, called Atamai Village. I’m keen to help make Loomio a great platform for consensus decision processes."

Ricardo Araújo

Ricardo Araújo October 9th, 2013 16:01

Hi, i'm from Portugal and i'm 30 years old. Currently i'm developing processes and metodologies to a project of creating a political party rulled by participatory democracy.

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett October 10th, 2013 00:48

Welcome to our good friend @kenallen! Feel free to introduce yourself to the Loomio Community in this thread Ken :)

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett October 10th, 2013 07:01

And hello to @jacobkeareymorelan! Feel free to introduce yourself here ^_^


Joel Cosgrove October 10th, 2013 15:41

Thanks @alannakrause. :)

Kia Ora all. Joel here. Like a few other people here I was involved in the Occupy movement and was involved in some of the dicussions that led up to Loomio coming into existance.
I use Loomio for a number of projects, 19 Tory St (a collective community space in Wellington), Fightback (a socialist group) and a newly formed Wellington Music Collective* (waiting on a new name).
While I have little technical ability, I can talk a good rant.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 10th, 2013 20:56

Welcome @neophytoskolokotro !

"I am a Social Science student with a real interest in how communities, especially free and open source ones, are structured and managed, and how their members interact with each other and outside. This would be a great opportunity to to learn more regarding this, and probably discuss with people with similar interests.

I have been a long time contributor to the Chakra Project, which provides Chakra, a KDE focused, Linux based distribution, and was the one that suggested using Loomio to improve the discussion and decision making processes.

I think I can contribute with new ideas and provide useful feedback to help Loomio improve."


Jacob Kearey-Moreland October 11th, 2013 03:49

Seedy Greetings,

Loomio, I love you. I am a community garden cultivator, guerrilla gardening extremist, feedom lover, seed librarian, writer, musician, ukular scientist and farmer. I live on a farm near Orillia, Ontario, Canada (just north of Toronto where I visit frequently).

I heard about loomio through my Occupy connections - I am an occupy gardener and am crazy about gardening puns. I am on a quest to grow community gardens everywhere and free food for all.

Now I am working on propagating seed libraries in my region, in partnership with public libraries, schools, community centres to revitalize local food systems. Sharing seeds, and teaching people how to grow and save seeds.

I advocate for a resource based economy, (i.e. a sharing economy) in my actions and words. I operate an open source farm called the Wikifarm, all food and seeds grown are freely shared. I studied at the University of Toronto, where I specialized in Social Network Analysis, contemporary social movements, sociology, philosophy and urban agriculture.

I have seen many online communities that have tried to do what loomio is doing. None have turned me on like loomio and I am excited to help it grow.

I want to use loomio to meet and organize with fellow gardeners on local and global initiatives to grow Free Food For All. In the meantime I will try to encourage our Toronto Seed Library collective to give Loomio a try for organizing and decision making.

If anyone is in Toronto or area, give me a shout and we will go for an edible tour of the city.

I've also started a group to continue plotting our World Peas Project - i encourage fellow gardeners to join and share their ideas for how to cultivate a global food revolution necessary to resolve the global economic, political, climate, ecological, social, cultural and existential crisis that faces us this century. Food is security. Food is life and food is love!

Peas in SOILidarity!

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 14th, 2013 19:30

Welcome @izidroqueiroz !

"Hi. I’m from Brazil and I would like to help Brazilian movements to use Loomio. I will help translating Loomio to Portuguese."

I added you to to Translation group. You can change your language in Loomio by clicking the menu in the bottom left corner :)

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 15th, 2013 21:16

Welcome @clementlesaege !

Also @craiglambie !
"I wear many hats. Today I am starting a political organisation that will beat the 2 party cartel in Australia by engaging with the community and involving them in aspects of decision making not currently available to them."


Clément Lesaege October 15th, 2013 21:25

Hi @alannakrause , I'm also a political activist of French Pirate Party. I'm searching for a way to consult citizens of my town in order to construct a program for municipals elections. I wanted to test Loomio functionalities but there is a little problem. We have to approve people to join the group and it is compatible with mass consultation. Perhaps I should try to modify a the code a bit in order to change that. I don't really need a voting platform, but more a platform to elaborate and discuss proposals.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 15th, 2013 21:54

Hi @clementlesaege - thanks for joining us! Loomio is meant to be designed not as a voting platform, but as a discussion platform for proposals, as you mentioned. I will add you to the Feature Ideas group and you can post there about your idea! Maybe others need the same thing.


Clément Lesaege October 15th, 2013 22:06

Thanks @alannakrause, I’ve opened a post on this group.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 20th, 2013 09:51

Welcome @caelanmacintyre!
"Hi Loomio community…
I share many, if not all, of the values of the folks of both Loomio, as well as its groups. I think we are long overdue for a world where the egalitarianism and non-hierarchy of the band/tribe shines. A global band/tribe.
I come from the Permaculture and Transition movements.and would be honoured to be a member of Loomio. "

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 20th, 2013 09:52

Hello @stefaang! Seems like you have some ideas for Loomio features... head over to the feature ideas group and share them :)

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving October 23rd, 2013 09:17

Let's all welcome @justin1 !

"Hi, I’m involved with a bunch of community groups and I’m setting up a Food Hub in Central Vic, Australia. Keen to learn a bit more about how to make the most of loomio, throw in some comments on my experience and meet a few collaborative thinkers along the way :)"

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett October 29th, 2013 05:21

Welcome @tathrastreet!

"I’m a change agent and facilitator who sees the value in this tool for group decision making. SO exciting. I’m in Melbourne Australia, I had the pleasure of meeting @benjaminknightloom when he and @vivienmaidabornloo were here at the Collaboratory, which is where l learned about Loomio. I am a facilitator and a coach. I am keen to try this out and see how I can use it in my work and life. Thanks!"

Tathra Street

Tathra Street October 30th, 2013 05:13

Thanks @richarddbartlett Glad to be here! And shout out to @glenlauder, one of the most inspiring humans I've met.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 2nd, 2013 22:02

Welcome to our newest members @luboshhanuska and @juanarrieta !

Ivan Joaquim

Ivan Joaquim November 5th, 2013 18:51

Hi i'm Ivan, i'm 24 years old, and i live in Brazil, working as web developer in Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
I've met loomio in a job task, because we have intentions to use it on here.
Initially i'll try to help in portuguese BR translation, and later contribute with some code.
I'm very happy to see how this community is working on loomio.
Congratulations for all involved on.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 6th, 2013 22:05

Welcome @mattmcgregor from Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ!

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 8th, 2013 22:03

Welcome @ivorstodolsky !!


Ivor Stodolsky, Curator and Writer, Berlin/Helsinki.

Co-founder of Perpetuum Mobile

PM’s recent projects include Re-Aligned, Perpetuum Labs, The Arts Assembly and the Perpetual Pavilion.

Recent publications include “A Multilectic Anatomy of Stiob’ and Poshlost’”, Laboratorium vol. 3, 2011. See also http://www.re-aligned.net/category/discourse

I’ve long been interested in social p2p ideas, for example in The Arts Assembly project

We currently are using Loomio or something called PERPETUUM LABS - Curating the Social.


PauKokura November 17th, 2013 21:26

Hi everyone.
I'm @zombilechuck (same one in n-1.cc and twitter)

Recently joined the catalan translation group and completed some lines: https://www.loomio.org/discussions/9188

Mainly interested in... let me see...
- Food sovereignty. Local projects.
- Techie tools. Obsessed in usability.
- Opens-Source, Creative Commons, Fork everything.
- Libre auto-organized press and media.
- Self-managed groups and cooperatives.
- Pre & Post-Capitalism artisanry/crafts.
- Languages (latu senso, specially minorized ones).

Huh, ok, that's more or less me.

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett November 17th, 2013 21:28

@zombilechuck welcome! You have come to the right place!

Oliver Minter

Oliver Minter November 19th, 2013 02:30

Hi my name is Oliver Minter, I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I am working for Senator Online in a volunteer role.

"Senator Online" or "SOL" is Australia's first and only Direct Democracy Political Party. We allow YOU the voters to vote on ANY parliamentary bill that you wish to. (BUT we havent got a Senator elected yet and hope to be elected in 2016 into the Senate.)

Our Loomio group is here:


At the moment we are mainly using loomio just to try and self organise as a party - BUT we have recently started a sub-group entitled CURRENT BILLS BEFORE THE SENATE that we are using as a DEMO to learn the neccessary rules and processes that we will need to create in our own software. (In that group we just list the current bils before the Senate together with the Pros & Cons of each bill and vote on them.) Our entire party system works by having say one SOL Senator elected to the Senate and that Senator is bound by our Party Constitution that states that they must vote on the Bill before parliament ONLY in accordance with what YOU the public decide. The public will vote through our own propriatry software app (still in development) for both PC and SMARTPHONE. To find out more about us - it is best to first visit our website HERE:


Thankyou to LOOMIO for approving us in the first place!

PS. We MAY start inviting the loomio public to try our demo - but I have to first wait until we have full agreement within the party first - so stay tuned for us on Loomio!

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 19th, 2013 02:44

Welcome @olivermintersolvol ! It's really fascinating to see how your group is actively using Loomio. Would be keen to hear your ongoing feedback :)

Oliver Minter

Oliver Minter November 20th, 2013 01:43

Hey anyone - where is the Loomio HELP forum or subgroup?? coz we are getting notifications within our own group (SOL) say to remind us that a proposal is closing in 24hrs - and it is sent at say 2.30am in the morning - how can i get this to arrive at peoples email inboxes at a more reasonable time? (my email beeps to me on my smartphone @2.30am )..

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 20th, 2013 02:08

Hi @olivermintersolvol - good question! Maybe someone from the product team can answer? @robertguthrie @johnirving @richarddbartlett

Rob Guthrie

Rob Guthrie November 20th, 2013 03:04

Hi Oliver. Seeing as the proposal closing soon warning is sent 24 hours before close.. it would be best to set your proposal close time during waking hours :) Anything else would get complex really fast.. Hope that helps.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 20th, 2013 03:24

Hahah good point @robertguthrie ! I should have thought of that [smacks forehead].

mix irving

mix irving November 20th, 2013 09:09

@olivermintersolvol if you could confirm that the close time on those proposals were at 2.30am in the morning that would be great. If it wasn't then there may be a bug in the code

Alina Siegfried

Alina Siegfried November 21st, 2013 07:47

Hi everyone! I'm @alijacs and am the new communications wrangler at Loomio! I'm Wellington-based and love this city almost as much as I love cheese.

I'm a slam poet on a mission to save the world through creative persuasion, and have a fascination with storytelling for positive change. I'm also hugely passionate about freshwater rights, it's my number one issue on a long list of things to be engaged in.

I'm super excited to be joining such a team of wonderful human beings, and looking forward to getting to know members of the Loomio community.

Oliver Minter

Oliver Minter November 21st, 2013 22:33

the closing times have been like for example 6pm or 2pm ...i have NOT been setting closing times for 2.30 am... it must have been a bug in the code...

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett November 21st, 2013 23:30

There could be a bug with the way your timezone is set. @olivermintersolvol next time you create a proposal, check to make sure the timezone is set correctly.

Oliver Minter

Oliver Minter November 22nd, 2013 00:20

that will be the problem - i hade them set for say brisbane or sydney and i'm in melbourne - i didnt think iit would matter aat the time... thnks heaps..

Oliver Minter

Oliver Minter November 22nd, 2013 00:31

except now when i go to change the closing date from say 6pm sydney time to 6pm melbourne time (maybe there is no time difference anyway) - it doesnt save properly.. i dont know whats going on now.. oh well its a fairly minor problem - i just make sure i turn my phones internet off while its in my bed...

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 22nd, 2013 00:54

Welcome @marcossiqueira!

"I tried to build a collective decision making platform called moveocracy and have learned a bit about what doesnt work. (and a bit about what may work). Would love to be part of the loomio community as I have moved on to other projects (financial reasons). I can do some web development/ux design and also am pretty good with fundraising, but mostly will join as a beta tester for now."

Looking forward to having your experience and feedback in the mix Marcos :)

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 22nd, 2013 00:55

@olivermintersolvol @richarddbartlett could you please move this conversation out of the introductions thread? Thanks!

Oliver Minter

Oliver Minter November 22nd, 2013 01:21

dont know how to "move" it - can i just delete it all?

Oliver Minter

Oliver Minter November 22nd, 2013 01:31

where is the HELP forum?!

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 22nd, 2013 02:21

Here! We haven't started using it yet but I guess it's time!

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 22nd, 2013 02:25

Don't worry about deleting or moving it now @olivermintersolvol :) Just if you want to continue the conversation maybe start a new topic.


PauKokura November 22nd, 2013 23:54

Hi again. I'm starting a new thing that I want to share with you all. It's a group we called "cct" (cooperativa de consum tecnològic).

It's based on how food cooperatives work, but instead of "responsible food" we look for "responsible web resources" (not "responsive", ethical. (wordpress, bootstrap, duckduckgo...) and to fight internet monopolies, to share our knowledge, and get some services like hosting that will be more affordable collectively.

The idea is to keep it small and local. Small and lovable non-profit projects that dont have a web, deserve one (like our real food coop) but cannot pay. So, any solution (like a wordpress.com at a start) without too much work its a big thing. Techies and non-techies together!

My idea is to use loomio very hard, not only for internal decisions, but also as a way to evaluate the resources etc. We'll see how it goes.

You can visit it here (in catalan) http://cct.laparabolica.com/
Or try google translate or better,


PauKokura November 22nd, 2013 23:59

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 24th, 2013 21:37

Welcome @brennannovak ! Brennan, you mentioned you've worked on collaboration/decision-making software before. Would you like to share any of your learnings or experience with us? Would be interested to hear!

Brennan Novak

Brennan Novak November 25th, 2013 02:52

Hey @alannakrause thanks for the welcome! Yah the software I was thinking of was very similar to this- I designed a bunch of interfaces https://brennannovak.com/ideas/collaborative-decision-making but never got around to coding it up!

Really excited this project exists. As I use Loomio more I'll see if there are any feature ideas missing from what I was dreaming up :)

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving November 28th, 2013 21:16

Welcome @johngraham from Napier NZ! He's here through connections to Theory U, chalkle, and Enspiral.

John Graham

John Graham November 29th, 2013 01:01

Thanks @alanna for the welcome.

I've just found loomio today, and the whole enspiral thing. Amazing.

Hey I reckon we could do all this in Napier, and I probably know enough people in Whanganui to help do it there too. As in, create hubs of all this activity that's happening in Wellington, but local versions. I wonder what the next step would be?

Matthew Bartlett

Matthew Bartlett November 29th, 2013 01:40

hi @johngraham — one little step would be for you to come along to 'Enspiral Connect', 12 Dec in Wellington: https://www.facebook.com/events/438593119580185/?fref=ts

John Graham

John Graham November 29th, 2013 02:24

Hi @matthewbartlett , and thanks - yes, little steps are good. Getting to Wellington for that, is too big-fast just now - I'll keep wondering on what could be the next, smallest-slowest step for those who can't make it (and who stay offline as much as possible). Cheers.

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett November 29th, 2013 02:46

Great designs @brennannovak! Thanks for the hat tip on your site too. It will be great to hear your ideas as you get more familiar with the tool.

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving December 3rd, 2013 22:19

Welcome @danielnickless our newest member! Dan do you want to tell us about yourself?

Dan asked about seeing some public groups using Loomio to make decisions. Check out the recently launched Groups Page!

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving December 12th, 2013 21:19

Welcome @rorytb !!

"I’m an International Development student and I’ve been working for about 4 years now on the theoretical side of how various forms of democracy work, I am a strong believer and advocate of the participant model and I believe the infrastructure created by Loomio overcomes it’s one weakness (organisational inefficiency). I would love to be a part of this community so I can one day tell my grandkids, ‘I was there when it all began..’"

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett December 15th, 2013 21:41

Welcome to new members @audreyportela @dariooliv and @moxybeirut! If you want to introduce yourself to the community, this is where to do it :)

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving December 16th, 2013 04:45

Welcome @davidlatiakkulesza !

"I’m a young union member in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 353 Toronto. I’ll be teaching my first class in mobile computing starting this February, the first time an apprentice has EVER taught. I just found Loomio and it seems very interesting, looking forward to exploring Loomio and how we can make use of it in the NextGen committee (to reach out to under 35 membership) to stay in touch and coordinate between meetings."

I'm keen to hear more about how Loomio could be used with Unions :)


Dario Oliv December 16th, 2013 08:57

hi, thanks @richarddbartlett
i'm dario from paris, france. i'm a political activist and i work with the italian grassroots movement 5 stars movement
we're very interested in collaboration, horizontal movements and democracy, so we're interested in loomio too. here to help improving :)

Matthew Bartlett

Matthew Bartlett December 16th, 2013 09:03

@davidlatiakkulesza One of my dreams for Loomio is that it help revitalise the union movement. I'd love to hear how you get on!

Richard D. Bartlett

Richard D. Bartlett December 23rd, 2013 19:12

Welcome @paulclutterbuck from GenZero! If you like, you can introduce yourself to the community here :)

If you want to discuss specific features, join us in the Feature Ideas group.