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Making better decisions - or making decisions better - with Loomio
For the last four months a team of volunteers has been working on a piece of free software called Loomio, which I think has huge potential to help grassroots groups increase their positive impact in the community.
Loomio is a free open-source web application that helps groups make better decisions together, and remarkably there is nothing else like it. The team is operating on a not-for-profit and open-source basis, and the aim over the coming two months is to get the software to the stage where it can be given away to non-profit groups, with support for how to use it.
If they can get a little bit of support, to put some food on the tables of the programmers, they'll be able to provide this free tool to groups like Transition Towns. They're now in the last few days of a PledgeMe* campaign, to raise enough money to allow two core volunteers to devote all of their time to this project for the next two months.
There’s more information on the PledgeMe page. If you follow the link, and watch the video, then think this is a good idea, please share this message with other people/groups you think might be interested. If you're on Facebook, the FB button in the upper right is one way to do that, otherwise you can always copy and paste the url of this article (www.transitiontowns.org.nz/node/3484) or copy the article itself, and email it to them.
* PledgeMe is a New Zealand-based crowd-funding platform that you can use to raise funds for worthy projects. It simply enables many people to contribute small amounts, which together can be sufficient to make the project happen. It's like voting with your dollar.