Demos for Democracy, featuring Loomio

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The GovLab presents Demos for Democracy, an ongoing series of live, interactive online demos featuring designers and builders of the latest innovative governance platforms, tools or methods to foster greater openness and collaboration to how we govern.

Loomio: collaborative decision-making and democratic organizing

On november 6, 2014, we had a conversation with Ben Knight about Loomio, an open source tool for collaborative decision-making and democratic organizing built by a team of technologists and social innovators in New Zealand. Loomio provides an online space for groups to come together, talk things through, build shared understanding and make clear collective decisions.

Since emerging from the Occupy movement in 2011, Loomio is now being used by thousands of communities and organizations in 74 countries – from grassroots community decision-making in the Spanish Podemos movement, to team collaboration within government departments in Taiwan, to citizen collaboration by city governments in New Zealand. Loomio is motivated by the drive to bring down the barriers to people being involved in the decisions that affect their lives.

What: Watch the video to find out what Loomio is, how it works, the process of its design and how can the platform be used for social good.

More About Ben: Ben has an academic background in the evolution of collective intelligence, a practical background in grassroots community organising, and a passion for the potential of technology to spur positive social change. He was closely involved with the Occupy movement in 2011, which exposed him to the massively empowering results of collective decision-making on a large scale, and the possibility that online tools could make participatory democracy a part of everyday life.

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