Loomio

Loomio

Turn discussion into action. Make decisions together.

4.9/5 (23 reviews)

Loomio Overview

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
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 17 others, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Taiwanese, Turkish

Loomio Reviews

Overall rating
4.9/5
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Marianne E.

Great tool for collaborative decision making in member-based organistations

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2016/07/05
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Connor B.

Once you get engagement, it rocks!

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2016/07/05
Review Source: GetApp

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Jo B.

The best tool for collaboration: Loomio

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/07/19
Review Source: Capterra

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 :-)

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Vicki E.

Community groups love Loomio

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/07/08
Review Source: Capterra

It has definitely made our campaigns more effective. With a widely spread community unable to hold many in person meetings, it has enabled our communications.

Pros

Our community groups have found Loomio a valuable tool for discussions and decision making. Instead of getting bombarded by emails and getting stuck in confusing email strings you can separate out your topics into threads and instil some discipline into your campaign. It is also easy to set up a new group for a new campaign. Even people who aren't that good at online comms find this easy to use.

Cons

The notifications system - you have to specify your level of engagement each time. I prefer a daily update - that works best. But it's annoying when I forget to set that up and get lots of emails which I'm trying to avoid.

Response from Loomio

Thanks Vicki for a great review!

You can change the default notification settings for each Loomio group you belong to. Here's a link to our Help: https://help.loomio.org/en/user_manual/users/email_settings/#changing-the-default-for-new-groups

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Stacco T.

The spirit of collaboration embodied in software that matters

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2016/07/07
Review Source: Capterra

Loomio is an invaluable tool for the P2P Foundation, both internally and for the larger network that we work with. It embodies many of the dynamics and collaborative interactions we try to promote. I can't think of a better fit.

Pros

I have been using Loomio for more than three years now. It has always been very intuitive and, with time, it has only gotten more user friendly. The Loomio crew are always there to help out and be supportive.

Cons

Initial kinks have pretty much been worked out. I think some people find it hard to adopt, but that may be down to individual bias than any fault on the platform itself.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Loomio Pricing

Starting from
US$19,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Subscription
Value for money

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.

Loomio Features

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Customizable Branding

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Chat
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Commenting
  • Communication Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • File Management
  • Permission Management
  • Projections
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for Loomio

Key features of Loomio

  • 'What if' scenarios
  • Action planning
  • Automatic decision archive
  • Available in 30+ languages
  • Change management
  • Collaborative review
  • Custom URL and backgrounds
  • Decision notifications
  • Discussion and decision export
  • Feedback collection
  • Fine-grained permission settings
  • Focused topic discussions
  • Fully responsive on all devices
  • Live participation updates
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement and facilitation
  • Online forums for groups and subgroups
  • Online team discussions
  • Participate by email
  • Prioritizing
  • Project and event planning collaboration
  • Project planning
  • Proposal consideration and discussion
  • Search discussion and decision histories
  • Sign off documents and changes
  • Single Sign On for Google and other tools
  • Slack integration
  • Status updates from teams and working groups
  • Visual analytics
  • Visualize group opinions of issues
  • Voting

Benefits

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.

Loomio FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Loomio.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Loomio offer?

Loomio offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$19,00/month

Pricing model: Free, Open Source, Subscription

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.

Q. What are the main features of Loomio?

Loomio offers the following features:

  • 'What if' scenarios
  • Action planning
  • Automatic decision archive
  • Available in 30+ languages
  • Change management
  • Collaborative review
  • Custom URL and backgrounds
  • Decision notifications
  • Discussion and decision export
  • Feedback collection
  • Fine-grained permission settings
  • Focused topic discussions
  • Fully responsive on all devices
  • Live participation updates
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement and facilitation
  • Online forums for groups and subgroups
  • Online team discussions
  • Participate by email
  • Prioritizing
  • Project and event planning collaboration
  • Project planning
  • Proposal consideration and discussion
  • Search discussion and decision histories
  • Sign off documents and changes
  • Single Sign On for Google and other tools
  • Slack integration
  • Status updates from teams and working groups
  • Visual analytics
  • Visualize group opinions of issues
  • Voting

Q. Who are the typical users of Loomio?

Loomio has the following typical customers:

Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Loomio support?

Loomio supports the following languages:

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

Q. What type of pricing plans does Loomio offer?

Loomio has the following pricing plans:

Free, Open Source, Subscription

Q. Does Loomio support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Loomio supports

Q. What other apps does Loomio integrate with?

Loomio integrates with the following applications:

Slack

Q. What level of support does Loomio offer?

Loomio offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials