Ethical Fields Event: Common Wealth

Common Wealth was an idea conceived and organised by Ethical Fields.


Partnering with UTS Centre for Business and Social Innovation, the event will take place at Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, 14-28 Ultimo Rd, Ultimo NSW 2007 and be web-cast nationally on the 27th of February

Do you get frustrated by the “lip service” given to stakeholder engagement.  Like when a company makes the statement “employees are our greatest asset” but they actually operate in the opposite manner i.e like employees are the greatest liability.

By contrast, there are organisations where stakeholders have an actual stake.  These include:

> Companies using equity crowdfunding

> Co-operatives, where members are owners and

> Community Co-ownership structures

The best way for these people to meet, share ideas, expertise and discuss issues / challenges is via this first-of-a-kind event: Common Wealth.

Is Common Wealth for you?

Stakeholders with an actual stake (shared ownership) impacts day-to-day operations, competitive advantage, governance, local economic development and more.  The people dealing with these issues will be at Common Wealth.

Aligned investments in “stakeholders with an actual stake” brings down risks and localises returns.  But, it also raises new issues at each stage of the business cycle i.e initial capital raising, growth funding and exit.  The people raising funds and innovating in this space will be at Common Wealth.

Common Wealth is the place to explore these dynamics with pioneering like-minded people.

Is this the type of crowd that you want to spend time with?  If the answer is “yes”, then join in the conversation.

Day 1: Conversations Worth Sharing: Live To Webinar

Day 1 of Common Wealth is an in-person gathering of the Speakers at UTS Centre for Business and Social Innovation.

Speakers present live to each other (with some imbedded media).  Their presentation is made via Zoom Webinar, so you can tune in from across the world and participate too.

Note: As a bonus for webinar attendees, session speakers will chat as a group with webinar participants during the morning tea break.

> Session Pass = 2-hour session = $20 = 4 Speakers

> Whole Day Pass = 8 hours = $60 = 16 Speakers

PLEASE NOTE: The Zoom Webinar Details will be emailed to you separately after ticket purchase.  This may take up to 24-48 hours.

PLEASE NOTE: If you want to watch a specific speaker you must choose the right session time.

Who Is Talking on Thursday – 27/2/20

Session 1: ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION (9:00 AM – 11: AM) 

Opening Remarks: Emmanuel Josserand Director of UTS Centre for Business and Social Innovation

  • Purpose Led Economy:  Dr Melissa Edwards Director Executive MBA Program
    UTS Business School
  • Modern Finance Risk:  Richard Schutte of The Complexity Void
  • Green Re-Industrialisation:  Dr Jose Ramos of Ethical Fields
  • Co-operative Capital:  Robyn Donnelly authored the Co-operative National Law (Corporations Act equivalent)

Session 2: COMMUNITY WEALTH BUILDING (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

  • Equity Crowdfunding: Anna Guenther of PledgeMe (licensed Equity Crowd Funding Intermediary) 
  • Anchor Institutions: Mark Daniels of Social Traders (Social Enterprise Procurement)
  • Community Wealth Building: Jason Twill of Urban Apostles
  • Economic Opportunity In Sharing: Sabrina Chakori of Brisbane Tool Library

Session 3: WHO HAS A STAKE? (2:00 PM – 3:30PM)

  • Gender At Stake: Moire Were (AM) of HenHouse Co-operative (Closing the gender investment gap)
  • Co-operative Advantage: Sam Byrne of Co-operatives Federation of NSW
  • Women Funding Women: Julie Trell of SheEO and MuruD
  • Conservation Capital: Rohan Clarke of Trust for Nature and Bonds Co-operative

Session 4:  STAKEHOLDERS WITH A STAKE (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)

  • Neo Mutuals: – Adjunct Professor at Hult International Business School and creator of the Digital Value Capture framework.
  • Pre Payment Funding: – Kevin Cox of Pre Power Renewable Energy Co-operative
  • Employee Buy-Out: Rob McMaster previous owner of CMAC Industries
  • Local Economics: Ian McBurney of BHive Co-operative


Turning Ideas Into Action: Day 2 – 28/2/2020

A series of strictly limited Round Tables is on Day 2 (28/2/2020) of Common Wealth.

> Equity Crowd Funding: 9:30am – 11:30am

Hosted by the CFIA (Crowd Funding Institute of Australia) this industry-centric, equity crowdfunding round table will dissect what has worked and what needs to change with the current regime.  Most, if not all, the current licensed platforms and regulators will attend.

> Co-operation Between Co-operatives: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Hosted by The BCCM (Business Council of Co-ops and Mutuals) this industry discussion will focus on how to Co-operate between the emerging and existing sector for everyone’s benefit.

> Sydney Commons Lab: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Hosted by Tirrania Suhood and Dr Jose Ramos this roundtable will centre on the creation of Sydney Commons Lab in 2020.  This proposed “civic institution” would promote commons-development, support with policy recommendations and provide a network for commons-oriented initiatives.

Socialising may occur post-event.