About Loomio

Loomio is an open-source collaborative decision-making solution, suitable for use by businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. The web-based software is designed to simplify the decision-making process, by gathering relevant information, encouraging on-topic discussion, creating visual summaries of individual opinions, and setting a time frame for decisions to be completed - all without the need for face-to-face meetings or emails.

Loomio allows users to set decision deadlines, with automatic reminders to ensure that all members know how much time remains for them to give their input. Votes and feedback can be collected and visualized for insight into each person’s view and opinion of an issue. Crucially, Loomio facilitates a process of synthesis: pull together diverse perspectives to generate innovative solutions that address everyone's concerns. Meeting notes are automatically recorded, with details of decisions, members involved, key points, and outcomes.

Loomio supports over 30 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, with automatic in-line translation, and can be used with assistive technology such as screen readers. Groups can be set up as private or public, and subgroups created with privacy controls to limit access. Users can participate via email or through mobile browsers, allowing them to give their input from anywhere.

Pricing starting from:

US$19,00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Free Version
  • Subscription
  • Open Source

Key benefits of Loomio

Groups can be public or private, with subgroups with fine-grained privacy controls.

Loomio uses a simple decision-making framework designed for constructive deliberation, to enable solution finding rather than majority rule.

Proposals are time-bound to ensure groups can move ahead without stalling, as all participants know the time frame to have their input, with automatic reminders before deadlines.

Customisable notifications mean everyone gets the information they need (and not the information they don’t).

The automatic decision archive records is a searchable record of every decision, including who was involved, the key points, and the final outcome.

Loomio is available in more than 30 languages, with automatic in-line translation, and works with assistive technology like screen readers.

Devices

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Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 5 others, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 16 others, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Pricing starting from:

US$19,00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Free Version
  • Subscription
  • Open Source

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Features

Total features of Loomio: 41

  • "What If" Scenarios
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Action Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applications Management
  • Brainstorming
  • Change Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Document Review
  • Email Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Sharing
  • For Nonprofits
  • Forum / Discussion Board
  • Full Text Search
  • Group Management
  • Ideation / Crowdsourcing
  • Meeting Notes
  • Member Directory
  • Minutes Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Country
  • Online Forums
  • Planning Tools
  • Polls/Voting
  • Prioritization
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Real-time Updates
  • Scenario Planning
  • Single Sign On
  • Status Tracking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Summary Reports
  • URL Customization
  • Visual Analytics

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,8 /5
(25)
Value for Money
4,9/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4,6/5
Customer Support
4,7/5

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Jo B.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The best tool for collaboration: Loomio

Reviewed on 2019/07/19

We used Loomio as a Policy Incubator - users would suggest ideas and topics at one end, and...

We used Loomio as a Policy Incubator - users would suggest ideas and topics at one end, and polished publishable policy would come out the others.

Loomio really helps bring people together, and gives them great tools to unlock their potential.

Overall I really have been impressed by Loomio, and the solution has evolved with us.

Pros

Loomio taps into the collaborative vibe of your community, giving you great tools for decision making.

One of the best things is that Loomio is actively developed - so options you need are often available soon after you need them. Theres a great community of users who have customised and use the tools, so there is great support.

Cons

As a mobile user, I have found managing large groups can be difficult on small screens. Loomio have been great at improving the mobile workflows and including desktop class features in smaller form factors, which helps busy admins to keep their community running in the go.

Response from Loomio

Thanks Jo for the great review! We have more goodness in our mobile app coming real soon :-)

Clayton E.
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  • Industry: Mental Health Care
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great for consensus decision making

Reviewed on 2020/01/06

Pros

The voting options are ideal for making a variety of decisions.

Cons

The lack of an app is about the only negative I have.

Response from Loomio

Thanks for the review Clayton, appreciate it. We're working on a mobile app and looking forward to update on progress soon.

Gareth M.
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  • Industry: Public Policy
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Loomio

Reviewed on 2019/07/05

Pros

Allows a structure for online meetings that also handles decision making well.

Cons

Could be easier to handle group membership, particularly when people forget passwords.

Response from Loomio

Thanks for the great review Gareth! We have some improvements coming soon for handling group membership :-)

If your group members forget their passwords, you can ask them to use the 'sign in via email' feature when logging into Loomio.

Warm regards, Michael

Connor B.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Once you get engagement, it rocks!

Reviewed on 2016/07/05

I've tried using Loomio for a bunch of different projects over the last couple of years, with mixed...

I've tried using Loomio for a bunch of different projects over the last couple of years, with mixed success. The problem I've found has been in getting people engaged in discussions. I've recently had great success in using Loomio to help run my Kiwiburn theme camp. Kiwiburn is New Zealand's Burning Man event, and my theme camp, Barrio del Chur, is the largest at the festival. We recently realised that we could generate significant capital through fundraising events, and this opened up the need for formal discussions around how we go forward as a community. We were suddenly in need of a legal entity to hold assets which had previously been privately owned and in need a vehicle for decision making that involves significant chunks of money.

While we are yet to reach consensus in our discussions, Loomio has offered the perfect forum for Barrio contributors to voice ideas that are controversial and challenging to the way we've operated thus far, and to allow healthy discourse around all ideas raised. Our community has operated on a do-ocractic model until now, which generally means that the people who have the most time and are skilled in certain areas end up making most of the decisions. We've wanted to change that for the last couple of years. We've been encouraging people who have much to contribute but are silenced by the status quo modus operandi, Loomio has proven the perfect platform for giving these people a voice and a vote in decisions which affect a project that is dear to our hearts.

And then there's all of the amazing writing that has been produced by the Loomio/Enspiral folks which has supplemented our discussions around organisational development! So many of the key questions that have been raised in our discussions regarding the Barrio have already been dealt with during the conception of Enspiral ventures, due to the comparable flat structures, shared purpose, and people-over-process approaches. There's a wealth of knowledge within this community, and it relates so well to how to use Loomio to make decisions effectively.

Pros

ahhhh see above, I guess.

Cons

Sign in systems suck! I don't wanna sign in every time I come back, and things have been weird and messy when I have one google account that ties together 3 email addresses (one primary @gmail, two secondary @customdomain), Loomio is attached to the google account but then it freaks out when one of the secondary emails receives an invitation to join a new Loomio.

The inbox dashboard kinda sucks too. it's overwhelming seeing that there's activity in so many discussion threads, I don't know where to start so sometimes I don't start anywhere.

Marianne E.
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great tool for collaborative decision making in member-based organistations

Reviewed on 2016/07/05

We use Loomio in various ways to run our member-led campaigning organisation including:
- a remote...

We use Loomio in various ways to run our member-led campaigning organisation including:
- a remote Member Review Panel uses Loomio to review, discuss and vote on whether or not we should run each campaign
- our Governance Board uses Loomio for discussions and decisions on issues that need to be addressed in between their face-to-face quarterly Board meetings
- we used Loomio for our members to ask questions about, discuss and then vote on approval of our financial accounts, an amendment to our constitution and the appointment of new Board members
- we use Loomio to plan for and then make collaborative decisions about coalition campaigns run together with allies

Pros

That it is designed specifically to support collaborative decision-making, as opposed to just discussion forums.
That is it simple to navigate, we recently added more than 100 new members to a Loomio group for our AGM discussions and voting threads and the vast majority of them took to it like ducks to water, with no need for much explanation.
That it can be used in a myriad different ways, we can adapt how we use the voting tool to match different kinds of proposals (from a temperature check in a campaign planning discussion through to a formal vote on Board membership)

Cons

It's difficult to put up multiple alternative proposals at the same time, you have to do one at a time and work through the discussions on that proposal before anyone can raise an alternative.

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Loomio offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$19,00/month
  • Pricing model: Free, Subscription, Open Source
  • Free Trial: Available

Gift: Free plan with the core functionality, for groups without a budget. Standard: $19/month or $190/year for a subscription with added features, including Slack integration. $99/month and $179/month plans for enterprises with more special features, data analytics, and support for multiple groups.

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Loomio has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

Loomio supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

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Loomio offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Chat

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