What is Loomio?

An overview of Loomio and how it works.

Loomio is a simple, user-friendly online tool for collaborative decision-making. Loomio lets you host discussions online, invite the right people to participate, come to timely decisions and transform deliberation into real-world action.

People use it for all kinds of things, from approving funding applications to cooperative governance to stakeholder engagement. The case studies section shows a variety of ways groups have used Loomio.

How it works in four steps

1. Gather

A Loomio group is an online place for people to have discussions and make decisions together.

2. Discuss

Anyone in the group can start a discussion. Everyone in the group is able to participate.

3. Propose

Proposals are the defining feature of Loomio. Use a proposal to move a discussion towards conclusion. If you’re wondering how to move a conversation forward, the answer is almost always to start a proposal!

4. Decide & Act

While a proposal is open, everyone in the group can state their position:

  • Agree if you’re happy with the proposal.
  • Abstain if you’re ok for the group to decide without you.
  • Disagree if you believe there might be a better alternative.
  • Block if you’ve got serious objections.

When you select your position, you can also enter a short statement to explain why. This creates a succinct summary of what everyone thinks.

When the proposal closes, you can post an outcome so everyone knows what the result was and the next steps.

Over time you’ll build a history of decisions you can refer to.


About us

Loomio is a cooperative social enterprise based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Our mission is to empower anyone, anywhere to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Find out more.