The history of Loomio

The world needs a better way to make decisions together. Loomio is free and open source software for anyone, anywhere, to participate in decisions that affect them.

2011-10-15 11:58:37


Rich, Jon, and Ben participating in Occupy Wellington, talking about the idea of general assemblies online.

2011-10-19 11:58:37

Meeting about Enspiral

Rob and Joshua meet Rich and Ben at a cafe to talk about a potential collaboration.

2011-10-20 00:11:52


Joins the project

2011-10-20 06:18:18


Joins the project

2011-10-20 06:18:18


Joins the project

2011-10-20 11:19:26


Joins the project

2011-10-27 11:58:37

Meeting at Enspiral

Alanna meets Rich and Ben at Enspiral Space to talk about how to help, and existing tools.

2011-10-28 06:18:18


Joins the project

2011-11-07 14:45:12


Allan, Joshua

2011-11-08 22:13:56

First App Visioning Session

Alanna, Ben, Rich, Rob, and Jon meet and design a consensus decision-making app idea

2011-11-13 05:13:00

First Code Commit

Developing the app! Rob and Jon commit the first lines of code together.

2011-11-13 13:50:12

App is called "Tautoko"

A Maori word signifying agreement

2011-11-14 15:28:20

Loomio Yammer Launched

Initial network where the team communicates

2011-12-06 20:35:47

Initial Prototype Finished

Jon and Allan make an app that is just a pie chart, with a link to discussion on external platforms.

2011-12-15 13:28:17

Christmas Break

Everyone on holiday, considering their next steps

2011-12-15 14:30:42

First Proposal

The first Loomio proposal was to "Implement a 'motion type' parameter". It failed.

2012-01-15 10:46:59


Rebeka, Alex G

2012-01-20 17:50:15

First Decision for Enspiral on the App

Agreeing employment contract language collaboratively

2012-02-15 05:19:16


Joins the project

2012-02-16 21:09:06

Name Change to Loomio

A unique name based on weaving threads together, and illumination

2012-02-19 17:19:58

Motion Deadlines

Can set a closing date for a decision

2012-02-23 17:19:58

Email Notifications

Alerts for new discussions or motions and group invitations

2012-02-23 17:19:58

"Motion" becomes "Proposal"

Changing language reflects evolving design

2012-03-21 08:03:35

Blog Launched

Beginning to talk about Loomio publicly

2012-04-05 14:34:51

First Logo - String Version

Maz interprets the theme of weaving threads visually

2012-04-06 06:30:29

Introducing Loomio Video

The first video explaining the project. "Right Now..."

2012-04-12 23:45:17


Joins the project

2012-04-14 10:51:39

Twitter launched

Communicating publicly about the project

2012-04-14 14:34:51

Facebook Page Launched

Beginning to build a wider community of supporters and users

2012-04-15 23:45:17


Joins the project

2012-04-17 14:15:27

PledgeMe Campaign Launch

We set out to raise $5000 to fund the project

2012-04-28 06:30:29


Discussions alongside proposals inside the app itself

2012-05-01 00:04:40

Orange Logo

First debut of the Loomio Orange and the evolution of the string idea

2012-05-01 06:30:29

Website Launched

Loomio's public home on the web

2012-05-15 06:30:29


Create groups within groups

2012-05-18 14:15:27

PledgeMe Campaign Succeeds

First crowdfunding campaign, raising $5690 NZD

2012-05-20 07:49:14

Changed Loom.io to Loomio.org

Turns out unusual domains are a drawback.

2012-05-24 16:46:37

Enspiral Retreat

Team Loomio attends its first retreat as a group

2012-06-01 14:15:27

First All Hands Meeting

Initiating a long running policy of open door weekly Friday meetings

2012-06-11 12:57:28

First Business Cards

Things are getting real!

2012-06-15 16:46:37

Founding Team Defined

Six inital founders: Vivien, Aaron, Ben, Rich, Jon, Alanna

2012-06-19 02:35:24

Principles and Visioning Day

Setting out Loomio's core values to guide the project

2012-06-21 02:35:24

Begin Researching Cooperative Model

Exploring the right legal structure

2012-07-01 21:54:04


Discussions are getting so long they need to be broken down into pages

2012-07-27 16:46:37

Startup Weekend Wellington

Learning about startups - we broke the judging criteria with social impact projects!

2012-07-28 02:35:24


Neva, Nicolas, Kiesia, Gayatri, Keong, Guillame, Paul, Mike, Riccardo, Bevan

2012-07-29 08:27:26

Vic Uni Interns

Eight computer science student from Victoria University working with us

2012-07-31 23:45:15

"Let's Have a Holiday on the Moon!"

Example discussion in each new group to demonstrate features

2012-08-11 12:57:28

In-App Notifications

Place in the app to see a stream of activity like new discussions and @mentions

2012-08-13 12:57:28

First Paying Customers

People want to give to Loomio for adding value to their life and work


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