Loomio Features

Loomio

Turn discussion into action. Make decisions together.

4.84/5 (25 reviews)

Loomio Feature Summary

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

Competitor Feature Comparison

"What If" Scenarios
API
Access Control
Action Planning
Active Directory Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Application Integration
Automatic Notifications
Change Management
Collaborative Review
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customizable Branding
Document Review
Email Integration
Feedback Collection
Forum / Discussion Board
Full Text Search
Gamification
Idea Ranking
Ideation
Mobile Integration
Multi-Country
Online Forums
Planning Tools
Prioritizing
Progress Reports
Project Planning
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Scenario Planning
Single Sign On
Status Reporting
Strategic Planning
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
URL Customization
Visual Analytics
Voting
Workflow Management
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"What If" Scenarios
API
Access Control
Action Planning
Active Directory Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Application Integration
Automatic Notifications
Change Management
Collaborative Review
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customizable Branding
Document Review
Email Integration
Feedback Collection
Forum / Discussion Board
Full Text Search
Gamification
Idea Ranking
Ideation
Mobile Integration
Multi-Country
Online Forums
Planning Tools
Prioritizing
Progress Reports
Project Planning
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Scenario Planning
Single Sign On
Status Reporting
Strategic Planning
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
URL Customization
Visual Analytics
Voting
Workflow Management
Learn moreCompare App
"What If" Scenarios
API
Access Control
Action Planning
Active Directory Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Application Integration
Automatic Notifications
Change Management
Collaborative Review
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customizable Branding
Document Review
Email Integration
Feedback Collection
Forum / Discussion Board
Full Text Search
Gamification
Idea Ranking
Ideation
Mobile Integration
Multi-Country
Online Forums
Planning Tools
Prioritizing
Progress Reports
Project Planning
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Scenario Planning
Single Sign On
Status Reporting
Strategic Planning
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
URL Customization
Visual Analytics
Voting
Workflow Management
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Loomio Feature Reviews

18 reviewers had the following to say about Loomio's features:

Jo Booth

The best tool for collaboration: Loomio

2019-07-19

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

Pros

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

Cons

As a mobile user, I have found managing large groups can be difficult on small screens.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Loomio


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

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Mark Blaho

Loomio makes decisions easy

2019-06-27

Pros

Wide array of options and voting formats that allow you to carefully design democratic procedures Ease of use on mobile devices Intuitive voting options for complex decision formats Auto-tabulation for voting Email reminders Ease of login flow Centralized notifications and informative dashboards

Cons

I have not run into any issues with Loomio, and I have no complaints.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Loomio


Thanks Mark for the fabulous review :-) I guess you haven't had to reach us for support If you do have an inquiry in future, we work hard to respond within 24 hrs.

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Martin Berger

Very good tool to assist decision making

2019-08-09

Pros

Very appropriate tools, specifically designed to help, inform and support well-informed, non-hierarchical, consensus-based decisions.

Cons

It does not have a mobile app (yet!)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Loomio


Hi Martin,
Thanks for your great review!
Yes, a mobile app is on its way :-)
Regards, Michael

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Daniela Pavlova

Easy to use tool keeps your privacy

2019-07-05

I do think that people have to be encouraged to use tools as Loomio.

Pros

Loomio provides a services which is easy to use.

Cons

Might be the mobile application is not as easy.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Connor Boyle

Verified Reviewer

Once you get engagement, it rocks!

2016-07-05

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

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
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Loomio

Make sure you're using it for the right purpose: making complex decisions with a group of people who can't easily meet often in person.

Source: GetApp
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Kieran Bennett

Excellent community decision makong

2019-07-10

Excellent

Pros

Loomio allows our community group to make democratic decisions clearly, fairly and unambiguously. The tools point people towards a consensus position and eliminate arguments over process.

Cons

The lack of a mobile app, but that is changing!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Loomio


Thanks for a fantastic review Kieran!

Yes, our mobile app is coming soon :-)

Warm regards, Michael

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Maria .

Perfect for decision making

2019-07-04

It's the idea tool for decision making among people that are not located in the same place.

Pros

The poll feature is extremely helpfull for decision making

Cons

When the discussion thread is too long, sometimes I miss some of the responses

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Loomio


Thanks Maria for the great review! Our Loomio 2.0 release addresses the problem of long discussion threads, where you can easily see and navigate to unread comments.

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Vicki Elcoate

Community groups love Loomio

2019-07-08

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.

Cons

The notifications system - you have to specify your level of engagement each time.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

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

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Stacco Troncoso

The spirit of collaboration embodied in software that matters

2016-07-07

It embodies many of the dynamics and collaborative interactions we try to promote.

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
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Loomio

Apart from decision making and group development, it's a wonderful substitute for email in groups and collectives. S

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Marianne Elliott

Great tool for collaborative decision making in member-based organistations

2016-07-05

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.

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
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Loomio

We got some consulting/facilitation support from the Loomio team which was a good investment, they trained a couple of our team on how to most effectively frame a Loomio discussion, invite people into the discussions and support people to use it well. I think this has really helped us get the best out of the tool.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Mike Slavin

Make decisions without meetings

2018-09-18

Pros

I like the thought put into the different kinds of decisions one can make with this software. Creators put thought into it.

Cons

I'm not partial to the aesthetic but it's functional which is all I can ask for.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Vivien Maidaborn

Verified Reviewer

collaboration leadership

2016-07-05

We use it for involving staff in policy creation and signoff, meeting agenda design, sharing minutes from meetings with a whole group, sub committees of the Board use it, and the health safety and wellbeing staff group use it to connect with all staff.

Pros

easy, flexible and does the job, super cost effective

Cons

features in discussion thread could be richer

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Gareth Morgan

Loomio

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

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

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David Huck

Improve Clarity and Consensus around Key Decisions

2016-12-06

Participation is easy and keeps us on track and engaged month to month.

Pros

Clear, focused on decision making Co-operative!

Cons

Nothing, yet. Seems like development could be better funded, but I think its open source

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Loomio

Setup a training call or something! They're super helpful and really awesome people

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Nanz Nair

Easiest way for a large network to make decisions together.

2016-07-06

Also Loomio is one of the few organisation that lives its values of non-hierarchy, open source, co-design. ++

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Daniel Vogel

Great for Boards of Directors

2020-05-01

Board meetings have become less common and discussion and anonymous voting give us the tools we need to take care of business with less wasted time and energy.

Pros

Our community choir has a board of directors and Loomio has made our business meetings much more efficient, succinct, and less common. When issues arise that need attention, complicated emailing and phone calls are unnecessary as we can share information and cast votes electronically.

Cons

Loomio has fulfilled our purposes and we are happy with the tools it provides.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Loomio


Thanks Daniel for your fabulous review. We're delighted to hear your Board is operating more efficiently and helping you progress your work.
Using the thread timeline and 'pinning' important comments from the thread may help you structure comments for readability within the thread.

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Murdoch Stephens

Essential to running a small, busy group

2016-07-06

Loomio fills a huge gap in the tech world by offering a simple tool that allows for not only conversations but decisions on issues important to small groups.

Pros

The founders are truly doing it from a sense of collective goodwill so there is no worry about information leaking out or data being sold or compromised.

Cons

Nil.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Iona Elwood-Smith

Verified Reviewer

More efficient decision making for committees

2016-07-06

A very valuable tool that has saved us days worth of time that many of us have very little of.

Pros

Wherever anyone is they can still be involved in committee decisions - not geographically restricted. Used instead of meetings which can be a challenge to get everyone to. Decisions can be made quickly so plans could be actioned quickly.

Cons

Older members initially found the technology a challenge but came up to speed.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Source: GetApp
Helpful?   Yes   No
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