“Politics offers yesterday’s answers to today’s problems.

Marshall McLuhan

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Facilitation means “to make easier, to help forward.” Discussions on Loomio always work best when there is a clearly identified facilitator, someone whose role is to help the discussion move forward to a clear outcome. You don’t have to be a pro to help your group have productive discussions. In fact, anyone in a group can make little acts of facilitation. There are many ways to improve your online conversation or deliberations.


Facilitation tools and decision tools are used within threads.

  • clarify how the group feels or thinks about a topic, question or proposal
  • communicate what decision is being made
  • simplify and make it easy to participate
  • highlight agreement and surface disagreement
  • build shared understanding
  • and keep people informed of progress.