Creatives Get Mutual  – Seminar

Speakers’ presentations, media and photo gallery for the Seminar is now available via this link.

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Keynote Speaker: Janelle Orsi
Senator Nick Xenophon (Withdrawal)
Tim Horton
James Chin Moody
Melina Morrison
Peter Tregilgas



Creatives Get Mutual  – Summit

Speakers’ presentations, media and photo gallery for the Summit is now available via this link.

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Alan Greig
Bronwyn Bancroft (Withdrawal)
Cameron Wall
Daniel Potter
Garry Cronan
James Winter
Julie Owens MP
Robyn Donnelly
Dr Joanne Jakovich
Melina Morrison
Peter Tregilgas
Rainer Schlueter
Senator Bridget McKenzie
Amanda Warrington

Additional International Guests


Janelle Orsi

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Janelle Orsi (International Keynote) Executive Director at Sustainable Economies Law Center ( and Attorney at Law (San Francisco)

Lawyer, advocate, writer, and cartoonist (see links below) focused on cooperatives, the sharing economy, urban agriculture, shared housing, local currencies, and community-supported enterprises. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), which facilitates the growth of more sustainable and localized economies through education, research, and advocacy. Participant and co-convener in the significant Platform Cooperativism Nov 15 NY (

Creatives Get Mutual – Preamble Statement: “Creative Cooperatives will change the Economy”

janelle2Freelance journalists, filmmakers, musicians, designers, photographers, and other independent creatives, are facing shared struggles as it becomes increasingly difficult to build sustainable livelihoods while preserving the integrity of their work. The media and distribution channels on which creators rely have become increasingly centralized and have the leverage to skim most of the value generated by creative professionals. What if creative professionals could own the means of their own production?

We need musician-owned replacements for iTunes, filmmaker-owned replacements for YouTube, and democratic media outlets that put control in the hands of journalists. What will this look like and how can we embed principles of equity into the legal DNA of the tech platforms? What will make this possible? What are emerging and promising models? What are the barriers? The opportunities? As tech platforms rapidly become a new means of production for nearly every industry – from creative work to domestic work and far beyond – we have a window of opportunity to decisively reject “business-as-usual.” Instead, we can build tech companies as cooperatives and mutuals that are designed to create a just, equitable, and democratic society. ©2016

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When the media define the sharing economy, it is often narrowly focused on technology-enabled sharing. Most of the sharing that I work with is local, neighborhood-based so the title Sharing Economy Lawyer gives the wrong impression, but it’s taken more seriously.

Orsi works with cooperatives, nonprofits, social enterprises, co-housing communities, eco-villages and more to create sustainable communities. She is an author and cartoonist.

View a sample of Janelle’s work (youtube links):

Janelle Orsi – Author

EmployeeShareOwnershipJanelle Orsi’s travel has been generously supported by the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) and Employee Ownership Australia.

Bronwyn Bancroft

Due to unforseen circumstances Bronwyn Bancroft was a last minute withdrawal. JamesChinMoody

James Chin Moody

James Chin Moody is a co-founder and CEO of Sendle, unlocking the power of big business delivery networks for small business to make parcel delivery simple, reliable and affordable. Sendle is also Australia’s first technology B Corporation and first 100% carbon neutral delivery service.

Previously James has held roles as Executive Director, Development at the CSIRO, Australian National Commissioner for UNESCO, member of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Advisory Board and Trustee for the Australian Museum. He sits on the Australian Bureau of Statistics Advisory Council and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society. From 2004-11 he was a panellist on the ABC TV television program The New Inventors. James has a PhD in innovation theory from the Australian National University and was Chief Systems Engineer for the Australian Satellite FedSat, the first Australian satellite to be launched in 30 years. James is an expert and leading thinker on the interface between sustainability and innovation and is the co-author of The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World.

GarryCronanGarry Cronan

Garry is one of the nation’s leading co-operators with over 35 years’ experience in Australia and internationally. His wide ranging career has included working for the country’s largest membership based co-operative business, running co-operative development and policy programs for the NSW government, establishing and jointly managing Australia’s first university based co-operative (social economy) research centre and running communications, policy and business intelligence programs for the International Co-operative Alliance based in Geneva. Garry is currently a director of the Mercury Centre in Sydney, where he provides advice on co-operative policy and business development opportunities. He is also continuing his academic research into the drivers of co-operative and mutual global business success.

RobynDonnellyRobyn Donnelly

Robyn has practiced as both a solicitor and barrister in NSW in criminal and commercial law. An academic career at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, in finance, business and company law followed. In 2000 she took a position as the Legal Manager for the NSW Registrar of Co-operatives and Associations which included managing the interstate working party of officials to develop the uniform scheme of legislation now operating as the Co-operatives National Law.

She is a member of the Legal Models Working Group for Social Enterprise and provides consulting services to the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, whilst providing secretarial and management services to the Bathurst Wholefood Co-operative Ltd.

AlanGreigAlan Greig

Alan Greig is Director, Ownership Strategies at The Mercury Centre ( He is also Principal of Social Enterprise Technologies (SENTECH), a provider of services to the social economy.

Alan’s interest in employee and community ownership dates back to 1970s. He was the Public Officer and a member of the Management Committee of the Australian Employee Ownership Association since its inception in 1986. When this organisation became Employee Ownership Australia Ltd (EOA) in 2011, he was elected to the Board and has remained a Director of that organisation since. He is Co-ordinator of the Social Enterprise Legal Models Working Group, which is hosted by EOA. EOA is also a member of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals (BCCM) with which it works in close association on cooperative and employee ownership matters.

Alan worked in the NSW public sector for many years in senior policy positions in ageing and disability and, prior to that, as a regional adviser to funded community services in Western Sydney.

Alan’s speciality is in participation and empowerment structures which encourage broader involvement in the governance of organisations and the widespread and democratic ownership of assets – for employees through their workplaces and for citizens through mutuals, co-operatives and savings schemes.

Alan has Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Economics) from Macquarie University (1971)

TimHortonTim Horton

Nationally recognised as an architect, adviser and agitator for smart policy that enables good design. He has a lifetime of Cooperative experience, due partly as his father David was a former NSW Registrar of Credit Unions and Cooperatives. Tim will challenge, guide and facilitate the seminar in his high energy vivid style.

Timothy Horton is currently the Registrar at NSW Architects Registration Board. He has worked as an architect in Sydney, Canberra and Los Angeles. His experience spans small and large practice and public and private sector.

Timothy studied at the University of Canberra and Sydney and graduated with Honours in Architecture.  He started his professional career in 1994 with the NSW Government Architects Office through its prestigious cadet program.

Timothy Horton has a keen interest in public architecture and civic space and has held a number of key industry appointments including: Chair of the National Practice Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects, South Australia Chapter President and National Councillor. Timothy Horton is the Chair of the Integrated Design Strategy’s Leadership Team.

Little known facts about Tim: his interests include Prime Ministerial history; pre-enlightenment oratorios and he is a vocal advocate of social media

JoanneJakovichJoanne Jakovich

Dr Joanne Jakovich is an expert in collaborative innovation and founder of ‘SOUP’, a platform for ‘strategic open urbanism’ that transforms the way we collaboratively develop our cities. By leveraging goodwill between unlikely allies, Joanne’s projects – which include the UTS U.Lab, Tokyo Code, CitySwitch, Urban Islands, Groundbreaker, BikeTank and CrowdShare Sydney – weave innovation and strategy into new directions for urban life in cities in Japan, China and Australia. She is an architect and researcher by training, and author of international journal articles and four books on urbanism and innovation.

BridgetMcKenzieSenator Bridget McKenzie

Proud and passionate about regional Australia, Bridget McKenzie is The Nationals Senator for Victoria. Growing up in Victoria with the traditional rural influences of small business, sport and agriculture, Bridget is firm in her belief that strong regional economies and secure regional communities are critical to the future prosperity of our great nation. Recognising small business is the backbone of many regional communities, Bridget wants to ensure they have every opportunity to prosper.

Her experiences as a secondary school teacher and university lecturer have fuelled Bridget’s passion for education and our youth. She is committed to improving opportunities for young Australians, no matter where they live. Bridget’s penchant for research and evaluation fits well with her role in the Senate, where she is the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment and an active member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and its Trade sub-committee. A netball fan and general sports enthusiast, Bridget is proud to promote healthy, active lifestyles and community connectedness through grassroots activities.

As a senator dedicated to those who live and work outside the cities, Bridget has established her office in the regional centre of Victoria, Bendigo. Bridget was the co-proposer, with Senator Nick Xenophon, of the recent Senate inquiry into co-operatives, mutuals and member-owned firms and has championed the role of co-operatives in many sectors including agriculture and in remote and regional communities.

MelinaMorrisonMelina Morrison

Melina was appointed the inaugural CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) in July 2013.

From 2010-2013, Melina headed Australia’s International Year of Co-operative’s Steering Committee and Secretariat that oversaw the national campaign to raise awareness of the contribution of co-operative businesses in the Australian economy.

For the last ten years, Melina has headed media campaigns for peak co-operative bodies including the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Melina helped develop the message platform for the ICA’s Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade and the global digital case study platform, Melina was also editor of the ICA’s Digest from 2006-2011.

Melina is a regular guest speaker at national and international conferences, speaking about the important role the co-operative and mutual sector plays in ensuring a level playing field for consumers, and how the business model can assist business owners, primary producers, governments and other entities achieve their goals. Melina also works extensively with various government departments developing policy and programmes around the co-operative and mutual sector, and consults on co-operative development projects.

JulieOwensJulie Owens, MP

Julie Owens MP

Federal Member for Parramatta

Julie Owens is the Federal Labor Member representing the marginal seat of Parramatta; a position she has held since 2004. She is also the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for both Small Business and Early Childhood Education.

Julie is a musician, and was a production manager at the Lyric Opera of Queensland and a senior program officer at the Australia Council. She ran a small business and was the founding CEO of the Association of Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR).

Julie is passionate about supporting social innovation and recently launched the Parliamentary Friends of Social Impact and Investing.

DanielPotterDaniel Potter

Daniel has been making theatre non-stop since he was 15 years old. His professional career started in lighting design and quickly transitioned into logistics and management, working as a freelance Event and Production Manager for several years. This culminated in his first business venture, leading a team of young creative and event professional to manage events for clients in the Sydney and Wollongong region in late 2007. Daniel accepted a role with Merrigong Theatre Company as Production Coordinator and in 2008 took on the role of Production Services Manager. Working as part of the executive team that later won a Drovers Award for Excellence as a Theatre Presenter. Daniel was picked up by Belvoir in 2011 and commenced in 2012 as Venue and Production Manager and shortly after accepting the role of Belvoir’s Head of Production. In this capacity Daniel has worked extensively with some of Australia’s most renowned theatre makers and administrators, leading production and creative teams to countless opening nights.

Daniel holds a Bachelor degree in Arts and Entertainment Management (Distinction) with Deakin University, with a strong belief that arts has the ability to transform. Daniel is passionate about arts and the empowerment that it provides and adults and young people alike.

RainerSchlueterRainer Schlueter

MBA, BA Industrial Engineer, BA Fine Arts (Sculpture). Former Regional Director for Europe of the ICA (International Cooperative Alliance) high skilled in co-operative business solutions, economic democracy, self-help and social and solidarity enterprise development. Experienced in national and international project management, excellent research skills in economics, environmental economics and co-operative and third sector. Worked as expert for National, European and International Organisations such as European Union Institutions, OECD, World Bank, Agence Française de Development, Rosa Luxembourg Foundation. As professional sculptor exhibited in Belgium, France, Italy and Australia. Developed co-operative art-spaces, clusters and incubators in Brussels and Messina. Strongly committed to cultural diversity, grass roots democracy, environmental sustainability and a fairer and less divided society. Language proficiency in German, French, English and Italian.

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Vice President of Product and a founding member of the Canadian based Stocksy, a platform co-operative owned and run by its artists. Previously he has worked at 500px, iStockPhoto, and is an accomplished professional photographer and graphic designer. Nuno has been a guest judge for the Sony World Photography Awards and sits on the board of the Digital Media Licensing Association

Peter Tregilgas

Peter Tregilgas

Peter Tregilgas is a Master of Business (Arts & Cultural Management) and has skills and experience in creative and social innovation encompassing regional development, arts management, festival coordination, capital projects and social enterprise. Achievements includes; Director of the Adelaide Festival Fringe, inaugural Director of Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute and Arts Access SA. Festival Consultant to the Victorian Tourism Commission developing the Melbourne International Festival and Comedy Festival and Executive for Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast.

Peter’s specialist focus is Cooperatives and Social Enterprises and has produced the definitive publications “Social Enterprise in Australia” and “Cooperatives in Australia”. He works closely with the Cooperative Federation of NSW and the key peak association Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals. Peter is the founder of Social Enterprise Services Australia encouraging sustainable market based trading with a social outcome and an operating philosophy of Mainstream, Make Money and Make a difference. In 2015 Peter was invited to Chair the Mercury Centre Cooperative which brings together a network of specialist associates to build collaborative enterprises through evidence based research, strategic advice, communication and organisational structure.

Joshua Vial

Joshua Vials - Pic3Joshua lives in Wellington New Zealand.  He is an entrepreneur with a passion for business, technology and social change. He is the founder of Enspiral, co-founder of Enspiral Craftworks, Dev Academy and Better Insights and a board member of Enspiral Foundation and handful of other Enspiral companies.

CameronWallCameron Wall

Cameron has spent over 25 years in ICT working for some of the worlds largest organisations, building web and mobile platforms. He is the founder of the Codesign Cooperative and has started six tech start-ups and am currently CEO & Co-founder of RainCheck an O2O Commerce platform.

James Winter

JamesWinterJames is the founding director of Brand X; a non-profit arts organisation run by Artists for Artists that re-purposes underutlised properties in Sydney so Artists have a place to practice their craft. Graduated as an Actor from the Centre for the Performing Arts (Adelaide) in 1993 before working as a theatre director for the State Opera Company of South Australia, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Restless Dance Company, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, AIT Arts, D Faces of Youth, Shopfront, Ashfield Youth Theatre and The Studio at the Sydney Opera House. His Community Cultural Development (CCD) experience includes theatre projects that engage communities with physical and intellectual disabilities, street dependent, same-sex attracted, drug dependent, sex-workers, remote indigenous communities, juvenile justice clients, incarcerated youth, refugee, recent arrival and dual diagnosis. James has also worked in Cairo (Egypt) with African artists in exile to establish self-determining community cultural development projects that include micro-business, cultural events, cultural policy, performance, networking and profile initiatives.

Senator Nick Xenophon

Senator Nick Xenophon apologies but has withdrawn from the Creatives Get Mutual Seminar due to election commitments in South Australia.

Amanda Warrington

AmandaWarringtonAmanda has a Masters of Business Coaching, and a B.A. majoring in Art History and Theory from University of Sydney. Amanda has owned and operated a variety of businesses over the last twenty years. She recognises the need of small business owners for business advice and guidance from someone who understands their unique situation and needs. Amanda is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and small business owners helping them achieve their goals and increase their business skills.

In her role as small business adviser at Clearly Business Enterprise Centre, Amanda helps entrepreneurs and small business people at all stages of their business. She works with people intending to start a business by advising about business structures, government requirements and creating business plans. Working with start-ups and people facing business challenges she can advise on how to develop your business and expand your client base.

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NOTE:  Creatives Get Mutual – Bursary Support.

Limited complementary registration spaces are available for Artists, Students and Cooperators.



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Creatives Get Mutual is presented by Social Enterprise Services Australia in association with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) as a contributor of Vivid Sydney/Ideas.

Janelle Orsi travel has been generously supported by the BCCM and Employee Ownership Australia.  EmployeeShareOwnership

Creatives Get Mutual is Curated, Produced and Presented by:Social Enterprise Services Australia

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