What is Loomio
Loomio is decision-making software and web service designed to assist groups with collaborative, consensus-focused decision-making processes. It is a free software web application, where users can initiate discussions and put up proposals.
How do we use it?
Formal decisions are made using a software tool called Loomio, which helps groups make collective decisions using constructive deliberation. This process is based on the principle that diverse perspectives can be synthesised to achieve better solutions that work for more people.
We ask that all discussions in Loomio be constructive and positive. We have listed some basic etiquettes below:
- Be yourself and allow others to treat you with respect.
- Say “Thank You” and give genuine compliments.
- Speak with kindness and caution.
- Don’t be boastful, arrogant, criticize or complain
- Don’t start a proposal in a thread it is not related to
- Don’t raise an unrelated topic in an existing thread
When you become a member of the Jeder Institute your Loomio username and password details will be emailed to you by the Jeder Institute’s IT Dept.
Starting a Thread
Threads are like discussions, they start with a heading (thread context) which can be a question, background information or a topic for discussion.
If you create a thread you are doing it because you have a strong intention to explore a particular topic, improve a practice and make a proposal/s relating to the thread. The person who makes the proposal will be the moderator of their thread however, the overall moderator of Loomio will be there as a support you.
Before making a proposal, consider presenting your argument in Loomio, along with any evidence gathered so that members can consider it and before the formal decision making process begins. We structure the process in this way so that a discussion can generated around your idea and more fine tuning can be performed prior to a vote.
Once voting begins there is a given time frame within which to vote, usually 1-2 weeks, but sometimes a shorter period depending on the urgency of the decision. In general, big decisions that have the potential to affect the whole collective may take longer. On the other end of the spectrum, decisions that are relatively minor in nature may not require the proposal process and may be made by the people involved outside of Loomio.
Instructions on logging into Loomio and starting a Loomio thread can be found HERE!