What: A one-day, interactive workshop with keynote presentations and panel discussions.Who: A stellar line-up of sharing economy experts, arts luminaries...

Creatives Get Mutual Summit: Practical Tools For Building Collaborative Enterprise


Peace Embassy
2008 NSW

Creatives Get Mutual Summit Conference


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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Dr Joanne Jakovich - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Facilitator

Dr Joanne Jakovich

Founder of SOUP

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.


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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Senator Bridget McKenzie - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Senator Bridget McKenzie

Senator for Victoria

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.

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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Julie Owens MP - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Julie Owens MP

Member for Parramatta

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.

Cameron Wall - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Cameron Wall

Founder Codesign Cooperative & CEO RainCheck an O2O Commerce platform

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 startups and is currently CEO & Co-founder of RainCheck and O2O Commerce platform.

Daniel Potter - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Daniel Potter

Executive Director & CEO Shopfront Theatre

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 professionals, 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, 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.

James Winter - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

James Winter

Founding Director, BrandX

James Winter 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.

Robyn Donnelly - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Robyn Donnelly

Consultant, Cooperatives Law & Goverance

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.

Rainer Schlueter - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Rainer 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 a professional sculptor, hasexhibited 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.

Bronwyn Bancroft - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Bronwyn Bancroft

Boomali Artists Cooperative Board Member

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.

Garry Cronan - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Garry Cronan

Director, Mercury Centre Co-operative

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.

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.

Alan Greig - Creatives Get Mutual Speaker/Panelist

Alan Greig

Director, Ownership Strategies - Mercury Centre Co-operative

Alan Greig is Director, of 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 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)


Event Details

What: A one-day, interactive workshop with keynote presentations and panel discussions.

Who: A stellar line-up of sharing economy experts, arts luminaries, political champions and co-operative business experts led by rebel lawyer, cartoonist and co-op activist, Janelle Orsi (USA).

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

The Creatives Get Mutual Summit is an interactive one-day conference designed to equip you with take home tools for setting up and running a collaborative creative business.

The Summit permits time to understand the practical challenges and explore the opportunities for creative industry practitioners to form collaborative businesses including co-operatives.

Expanding on the issues discussed at the Creatives Get Mutual Seminar on Sunday 5 June, this hands-on workshop challenges the creative industries to find new ways to survive in the competitive environment of the new sharing economy. The Summit focuses on shared ownership models for sustainable creative industries.

Freelance 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 … What if creative professionals could own the means of their own production?”  Read Janelle Orsi's preamble statement in full here.

Join rebel-lawyer, activist, author and cartoonist, Janelle Orsi, and these speakers and facilitators to unpack the ‘new’ sharing economy models.

·        Rainer Schlueter, sculptor, artist and co-op activist
·        Melina Morrison, co-op lobbyist
·        Claire Marshall, sharing economy blogger and filmmaker
·        James Winter, artist, actor, co-operator
·        Cameron Wall, IT entrepreneur
·        Bronwyn Bancroft, artist, co-operator
·        Robyn Donnelly, co-operative lawyer
·        Daniel Potter, theatremaker, co-operator
·        Garry Cronan, researcher and co-op expert
·        Alan Grieg, employee ownership expert
·        Dr Joanne Jakovich, design thinking, workshop facilitator
·        Peter Tregilgas, curator and social enterprise consultant

Co-op supporters Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and Labor MP, Julie Owens, join the workshop for a live panel discussion.

What will the Summit cover?

·        What is a co-op? - start up advice
·        What is this ‘sharing business’?
·        What is the role for government and policy makers?
·        Creative co-ops in Australia - on the ground experience and case studies
·        Interactive workshop: ​Design thinking led by Dr Joanne Jakovich
·        Networking lunch and post conference cocktail event

Read a statement from Peter Tregilgas, Event Curator. For more information on the event, please click here.

See also: Linked event: Creatives Get Mutual Seminar

See ticket incentives for Seminar and Summit combined!

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

Presented by Social Enterprise Services Australia in association with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals. Note: Seminar admission free with Summit tickets (all categories). Booking and transaction fees may apply.

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