Loomio – Group Decision Making

New Zealand’s news website, Stuff, is reporting today on Loomio, a new group decision making software offering.

The cloud-based software lets users put forward “proposals” that can then be discussed, modified, voted on and – if allowed by the organisation – vetoed, through an iterative process on an online forum.


Loomio has been translated into seven languages and was being used by sports clubs, community groups, businesses and social movements in 20 countries.

Up until last Friday’s launch, use of the software had been by invitation only.

Ross Phillips, business improvement manager at Pathways, New Zealand’s largest provider of community-based mental health services, said it had used Loomio to consult with an advisory board of youth on the purpose and branding of its youth-focused service, Real, and to assist with decision-making by its geographically dispersed leadership team.

“It is more useful than a long-flowing email train which can take off in different directions. It proved pretty useful in containing and focusing discussions.”

Pathways was now considering using Loomio more commonly among its 60 to 70 leaders and frontline managers, and could later make it available to all its 700 staff, he said.

While there are existing tools on the market in this space, it is good to see this problem being tackled in New Zealand.

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