Re: Consensus Decision Making Using a Digital Platform
From: Chris Hansen (
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 07:45:20 -0700 (PDT)
Wondering if anyone here has ever tried Loomio?

On Sun, 26 Apr 2020 at 07:16, Dick Margulis <dick [at]> wrote:

> Rocky Corner is a whisker's breadth away from move-in (Xeno's Paradox in
> real life), and we have been using Zoom for meetings for a few years now.
> Main takeaway: meetings work much better with everyone on Zoom than with
> half the people in the room and the rest on the screen. That arrangement
> was perennially maddening, because the remote people missed much of what
> transpired in the room (too far from the mic, mumbling, crosstalk, body
> language, you name it).
> With everyone on screen, as we are now, we all have an easier time
> seeing everyone, the facilitator has better control of the process (and
> can mute people at will), we conduct rounds efficiently, and sociocratic
> decision-making goes smoothly.
> We use the chat feature for things like posting links and passing
> nominations in confidence to the facilitator (rather than slips of paper
> we would use in an in-person meeting). We use Google Drive for sharing
> the agenda and the meeting notes. People can screen share to present
> complex information, graphics, etc.
> Overall, I recommend Zoom or any equivalent platform for meetings
> anytime someone whose consent is required cannot be physically present.
> If you have good enough tech that one or two people can be remote and
> still participate fully with everyone else in a meeting room, go for it.
> But if you're jury-rigging a half-assed solution in someone's living
> room, it's better to have 100% of the participants on screen.
> Dick Margulis
> On 4/26/2020 12:02 AM, Ann Zabaldo wrote:
> > Hello all —
> >
> > For those of you using a digital platform to conduct meetings, how are
> you handling consensus decision making?  I’m not talking about discussion
> but the actual time you are moving towards consensus on a proposal.
> >
> > What challenges have you had or do you foresee?
> >
> > What has gone well w/ your consensus process via a digital platform?
> >
> > Do you have suggestions for communities starting to use a digital
> platform?
> >
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