What: Speakers and Q&A style ‘on the couch’ panelWho: Janelle Orsi (USA), Senator Nick Xenophon, Tim Horton, James Moody, Claire Marshall...

Creatives Get Mutual Seminar: Business Models for the Creative Economy


Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 NSW

Creatives Get Mutual Seminar


Janelle Orsi

Janelle Orsi (USA)

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC)

Janelle Orsi is a lawyer, advocate, writer, and cartoonist focused on cooperatives, the sharing economy, urban agriculture, shared housing, local currencies, and community-supported enterprises.

Based in San Francisco, 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. Janelle has also worked in private law practice at the Law Office of Janelle Orsi, focusing on sharing economy law since 2008. Janelle is the author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Nolo Press 2009), a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds.  

Janelle was a presenter & co-convenor of the Platform Cooperativism Conference NY 2014 (http://platformcoop.net/).

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Nick Xenophon -  Creatives Get Mutual Seminar Speaker/Panelist

Nick Xenophon

Senator for South Australia

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. 

Tim Horton

Tim Horton

Registrar of NSW Architects Registration Board

Tim Horton is nationally recognised as an architect, adviser and agitator for smart policy that enables good design. He has worked in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Los Angeles in small and large practice, with executive-level experience in both the private and public sector.

In 2014, Tim was appointed Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board; an independent statutory authority that exists to inform and engage people on issues of architecture in NSW. As a former founding CEO of the Committee for Adelaide and former Commissioner for Integrated Design based in Adelaide, South Australia, his interests lie at the intersections of design, technology, innovation and governance, architecture, city planning, and the application of research in creative public policy.

Tim is a former President of the Australian Institute of Architects (SA Chapter), Chair of the National Practice Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects, member of the Australian Government’s Built Environment Industry Innovation Council and member of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network Management Board and the CRC for Low Carbon Living. He is a regular contributor to radio & print media on built environment policy, design practice, and public sector innovation.

James Chin Moody - Creatives Getr Mutual Speaker/Panelist

James Chin Moody

Co-founder and CEO of Sendle

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.

Melina Morrison

Melina Morrison

CEO, Business Council of Cooperatives & Mutuals

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

From 2010-2013, Melina headed Australia’s International Year of Co-operatives' 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, stories.coop.

Melina was also editor of the ICA’s Digest from 2006-2011.

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Peter Tregilgas - Creative Get Mutual Curator/Speaker

Peter Tregilgas

Principal, Social Enterprise Services Australia & Curator Creatives Get Mutual

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 include; 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 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.

Peter is the Curator for Creatives Get Mutual.

Claire Marshall - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Claire Marshall

Freelance Writer, Film / TV Director & Producer

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 (www.sharestories.net).

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Event Details

What: Speakers and Q&A style ‘on the couch’ panel

Who: Janelle Orsi (USA), Senator Nick Xenophon, Tim Horton, James Moody, Claire Marshall, Melina Morrison and Peter Tregilgas

Who for: Artists, creatives, sharing economy enthusiasts, policy makers, funders and practitioners.

The sharing economy is quickly becoming the junk bonds of the GFC: pretty on the outside but inside the same capitalist plot of bloated profits and a race to the bottom.

Janelle Orsi, rebel-lawyer, activist, author, cartoonist and Renaissance woman has a big idea: “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 co-operatives and mutuals that are designed to create a just, equitable, and democratic society. We need musician-owned replacements for iTunes, filmmaker-owned replacements for YouTube, and democratic media outlets that put control in the hands of journalists.

Join Janelle Orsi, Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon and panelists to debate and discuss the ‘next’ sharing economy and its impact on the creative industries.

Janelle will break with tradition and present her keynote address as an illustrated talk. Read a preamble statement by Janelle here.

The Seminar is a high profile keynote forerunner linked to the one-day Creatives Get Mutual: Practical Tools Summit on Monday 6 June. For more information on the Seminar, please click here.

More about Creatives Get Mutual:

The Creatives Get Mutual Seminar is designed for the creative industries and for anyone interested in the sharing economy, innovation and tech applications, to stimulate debate and provide practical tools to start up creative co-operative enterprises. 

The arts and creative industries are by default: collaborative; and by choice: values and principle driven. Cities, technology and innovation have created new challenges for creative industries. The arts is the vanguard for creativity, but what are the opportunities for shared wealth in the 'New Sharing Economy'?

Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and Go Get, have all challenged traditional business models and government regulation through redistribution and sharing access to products or services. But ownership remains with a few rather than the many who provide the service.

Keynote speaker Janelle Orsi, a leader at the forefront of the movement to reclaim the internet - "Platform Cooperativism" - will discuss how creative cooperatives can change the economy.

Janelle is joined by Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon, a key member of the recent inquiry into Australia’s co-operative sector, who will discuss the role of government in promoting co-operatives and the potential impact for creative communities.

Co-operatives have a long and rich history in the arts where artists and creatives have banded together to share stuff and collaborate. The creative industries face challenges of funding, the cost of services and facilities and technological disruption. But creativity is also the base of innovation. Investor and social entrepreneur James Chin Moody will focus on the importance of core values and innovation in the panel discussion.

Just as the new sharing economy advocates for a more flexible approach, these two consecutive (Creatives Get Mutual Seminar and Summit) Vivid Ideas events challenge the creative industries and policy makers to embrace a shared ownership model for the arts. 

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

This event is presented by Social Enterprise Services Australia in association with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.

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