Creative Get Mutual – Speakers/Panelists/Facilitators

Keynote Speaker: Janelle Orsi

Bronwyn Bancroft
James Chin Moody
Gary Cronan
Robyn Donnelly
Alan Greig
Joanne Jakovich
Claire Marshall
Senator Bridget McKenzie
Melina Morrison
Julie Owens, MP
Daniel Potter
Rainer Schlueter
Peter Tregilgas
Cameron Wall
James Winter
Senator Nick Xenophon


Janelle Orsijanelle orsi

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

Janelle Orsi – Author/CartoonistCartooning 1 - Janelle

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.


BronwynBancroftBronwyn Bancroft

Bronwyn Bancroft has been painting for over 30 years. She creates unique paintings, which continue to be exhibited Nationally and Internationally. She has a diverse Artistic practice including public art commissions and imagery design for private commission. Bronwyn illustrated her first children’s book, The Fat and Juicy Place in 1992. Since then, Bronwyn has authored and illustrated 31 childrens’ books.

Her company Designer Aboriginals Pty Ltd was established in 1985 and continues to be commissioned for health strategies on a National and State level. In 2012, Bronwyn was approached by the Health and Arts Research Centre to create a design for the atrium lift shaft of the new Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards, NSW. The commission involved the completion of a massive 4.7m x 2.2m Acrylic work on paper titled Earth Wind Fire Water. The image was printed onto glass three times the size of the original artwork.

Bronwyn currently holds Board positions with Copyright Agency, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), and Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Bronwyn is constantly involved in activism for New South Wales Aboriginal Artists, particularly in her voluntary role at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative.

Bronwyn has a Master of Studio Practice and a Master of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney, and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney.

JamesChinMoodyJames 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.

GarryCronanGary 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.

ClaireMarshallClaire Marshall

Claire Marshall is a Freelance Writer, Film & TV Director & Producer, life explorer and sharing economy investigator. Claire Marshall has a passion for stories, technology and social good. She is an award-winning creative that has directed television, worked with movie studios and written numerous articles for media platforms nationally and internationally. Claire fell in love with the Sharing Economy in 2013 when she shared her beloved Peugeot with her neighbours and has been a passionate advocate ever since. Recently she was a guest speaker at Sharing Economy conference “Ouishare” in Paris, and garnered media attention with her month long Sharing Economy Experiment in one of the world’s most expensive cities London. Claire resides in Sydney, Australia and is continuing to explore the Sharing Economy and write about it on

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.

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.

JulieOwensJulie Owens, MP

Julie Owens has been a member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 2004. Born 17 October 1958 in Rockhampton, Queensland, she was educated at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and at the University of Sydney. Before winning the seat of Parramatta she was a small-business owner and head of the Association of Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR).

Julie is chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Chair of the House Committee on Procedure, and a member of the Standing Committee on Publications.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament included; BA (Qld Conservatorium of Music), MBA (Syd), Production Manager, Lyric Opera of Queensland 1985-89, Senior Program Officer, Australia Council 1989-93, Small-business owner 1994-2000, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Independent Record Labels 2000-04.

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.

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.

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.

NickXenophonSenator Nick Xenophon

Nick first became involved in politics in the 1997 South Australian election, where he campaigned on a ‘No Pokies’ platform. Over the next eight years, Nick worked to fight the spread of poker machines. He also campaigned on issues where individuals and communities weren’t getting a fair go, including asbestos victims, victims of crime and land tax. He was re-elected to the State’s Upper House in 2006 with just over 20.5 percent of the state’s vote.

Nick made the decision to leave state politics and run in the November 2007 Federal Election because he believes that he can do more for South Australians in the Senate on key issues such as gambling regulation and water. Nick was elected to the Senate with just under fifteen per cent of the vote. He is the first Independent to be elected to the Senate in a generation.

Since assuming his role in the Senate in July 2008, Nick has continued to push for changes in the key areas of gambling reform, the water crisis, consumer law and food labelling.

In the 2013 Federal Election where Nick was up for re-election in the Senate, the Nick Xenophon Group polled 24.9% of the overall vote in South Australia, on par with the major parties – an unprecedented result for an independent.

In December 2014 Nick announced his intention to launch the Nick Xenophon Team. NXT is about creating a common sense approach to politics.

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