In Brief

Hand signals in the UI are used to organize the crowd during the Occupy Wall Street movement.

There are countless ways to have a discussion online, but not that many ways for groups to reach a decision. Of the few tools that do exist, Loomio is probably one of the best. It’s an open-source web app thought up by Benjamin Knight, an activist who helped run the Occupy Wall Street camp in Wellington, New Zealand, back in 2011. Since the Occupy movement, Loomio has been used by protesters in Brazil, Turkey, and Taiwan. It’s not just activists though, the app has found itself in demand from non-profits and small businesses such as San Francisco’s Adobe Books, and the Newtown Ethical Lending Trust in New Zealand as well. This popularity made it possible for the app to raise over $100,000 earlier this month, which will go towards developing the platform even further.

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