Program and speaker information

For a copy of the Conference Program, please click here.

To listen to audio-recordings of some of the presentations from the conference, please visit this site:

Conference papers, panels and workshops addressed the six themes of the conference: How can we reimagine work, exchange, money, care, law and our relationship with the natural world through the prism of a new economy?

Please scroll down for information about speakers in plenary and parallel sessions.


Plenary presenters

We have a number of fantastic plenary speakers who have been invited to open Day 1 and Day 2 of the conference.  
Please click on their names (or scroll down) for biographies and photos 

Speakers in parallel sessions - abstracts and biographies (listed in alphabetical order by surname)

We have a fantastic line up of speakers in our parallel sessions, delivering papers, panel discussions and workshops.  Please click on presenter names, below, for their abstracts and bios


Plenary speakers - photos and bios (listed in alphabetical order by surname) 

Dr Amanda Cahill

Amanda is the Director of the Centre for Social Change. Drawing on 20 years’ international community development experience, she founded the Centre to support the emergence of more resilient, socially just and ecologically sustainable economies. Currently she is working with coal and gas affected communities in Australia to identify economic opportunities beyond fossil fuels. She holds an adjunct position at the University of Queensland and a PhD from ANU. 



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Dr Richard Dennis

Richard is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and a former Adjunct Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Dr Denniss was described by Mark Kenny in the Sydney Morning Herald as "a constant thorn in the side of politicians on both sides due to his habit of skewering dodgy economic justifications for policy"




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Professor Katherine Gibson

Katherine Gibson is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at the Western Sydney University. She is an economic geographer with an international reputation for innovative research on economic transformation and over 30 years’ experience of working with communities to build resilient economies.





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Jane Gleeson-White

Jane Gleeson-White is the author of Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have (2014) and Double Entry (2011). Six Capitals was nominated for the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Double Entry won the 2012 Nib Literary Award and was shortlisted for other major prizes including the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 




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Selena Griffith

Selena Griffith is an academic, social innovator and entrepreneur. She cofounded Social Innovation Sydney in 2011 and has worked to build the social start up ecosystem in Australia through research and the development and delivery of capacity building initiatives. She is passionate about cross disciplinary collaborations to drive innovative responses to complex social, environmental and economic issues.  




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Robin Krabbe

Robin Krabbe became interested in sustainability and the role of socioeconomic exchange after working for the CSIRO for twelve years and the Victorian Department of Primary Industries for five years. She completed a Bachelor degree of economics, then later studied Environmental Science, before moving to Tasmania and commencing a PhD ten years ago. She recently submitted her thesis titled ‘Fostering Sustainability Norms: a comparative study of two community socioeconomic exchange initiatives. She is passionate about both case studies of community food systems and community currencies, and currently has a hands on role in both types of initiatives in Tasmania.


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Dr Michelle Maloney

Michelle is a lawyer, activist and co-founder/director of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (  She is the Chairperson of the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland and Executive Committee member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.  Michelle is passionate about building Earth centred law, governance and ethics and ensuring new economic initiatives are anchored to Earth centred values. Michelle holds degrees in law and politics from ANU and a PhD in law from Griffith University. 


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Professor Bronwen Morgan

Bronwen Morgan is Professor of Law at UNSW Australia. She is interested in the interaction between regulation and rights, especially in the context of social activism. She has most recently explored the rise of the regulatory state in the developing world, access to urban water services in comparative perspective, and legal and regulatory support structures for social activists and social enterprises responding to climate change in Australia and the UK. She has a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, USA and lives in Sydney, Australia.




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Melina Morrison

Melina Morrison was appointed the inaugural CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) in July 2013. She is a founding director of the cooperative businesses advocacy organisation, Social Business Australia, established in 2009 to increase recognition of the added value of member based business in the national economy.  For the last ten years, Melina has headed media campaigns for peak cooperative bodies including the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). 




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Dr Anne Poelina 

Anne is Managing Director of Madjulla Incorporated, a Peter Cullen Fellow and Adjunct Research Fellow with Charles Darwin University, Northern Institute and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University Broome. Anne is a Nyikina Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River, and Director of the Walalakoo Prescribed Body Corporate responsible for the integrated management of 27 000 sqkms of Nyikina and Mangala Native Title lands and waters. Her current work explores the entrepreneurial opportunities for Indigenous people along the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River, in relation to green collar jobs in diverse, science, culture, heritage and conservation economies. Anne has a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Masters in Education, Masters in Arts (Indigenous Social Policy) and Doctor of Philosophy



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Jose Ramos

Jose works at the interface of applied foresight, alternative globalisation pathways, community and urban resilience. He is a social change researcher, trans disciplinary collaborator, and advocate for commons oriented social alternatives, focusing on foresight-informed breakthrough design and social innovation. He is senior consulting editor for the Journal of Futures Studies (, and has over ten years experience through his research and consulting business Action Foresight (, working with communities and organizations to develop their foresight-to-action capacities. 




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David Ritter

David Ritter is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Before taking up his present position, David worked for Greenpeace in London in a series of senior campaign positions. Prior to joining Greenpeace, David was one of Australia's leading Indigenous rights lawyers. David is a widely published commentator on current affairs and is the author of two books on native title. 




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Professor David Schlosberg

David is Professor of Environmental Politics in theDepartment of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory - in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. Most recently, he has co-authored Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford 2013) with John Dryzek of ANU and Richard Norgaard of UC Berkeley. Professor Schlosberg has held visiting appointments at the London School of Economics, Australian National University, and Princeton University. 




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Darren Sharp

Darren Sharp is a sharing economy strategist with a background in community engagement, research and consulting. As founder and Director of Social Surplus he leads strategy and facilitates capacity-building using strength-based approaches including asset-based community development, appreciative inquiry and human-centred design. He works with clients to design programs that amplify the strengths of people and communities through sharing. As the Australian editor of Shareable and Melbourne coordinator of the Sharing Cities Network Darren provides thought leadership in social innovation, the urban commons and Sharing Cities. Darren is part of an international team writing a book on Sharing Cities for urban innovators and is a PhD candidate with the CRC for Low Carbon Living where he is undertaking research on Transformative Social Innovation for Sustainability Transitions.



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Dr Shann Turnbull

Shann Turnbull PhD (Macquarie), MBA (Harvard), BSc (Melb.) is Principal of the International Institute for self-governance, founding life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, co-founding member of the UK based Sustainable Money Working Group and the New Garden Cities Alliance. He has been a prolific author of reforming the theories and practices of capitalism. He authored in 1975 Democratising the wealth of nations and co-authored the first education qualification course in the world for company directors. He co-authored Building Sustainable Communities: Tools and concepts for self-reliant economic change and authored NEF’s policy book: A New Way to Govern.



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Julian Waters-Lynch

Julian is a PhD candidate in the School of Management at RMIT University researching emerging forms of working and organising. His PhD focuses on coworking, a form of social cooperation between predominantly non-standard workers, such as freelancers and entrepreneurs. Julian is fascinated by people’s experiences of work and organisational life and the frequent gap between current realities and desired futures. 




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Ross Williams

Ross Williams, traditional name Timmulbar (Lightning), is a very proud Bindal/Juru Elder of Bowen to Townsville region. Born to an Aboriginal father (dec) and Torres Strait Islander mother (dec). Ross has over 33 years experience working with traditional owner groups, government and non-government organisations throughout Queensland, Australia and internationally on Indigenous and environmental issues. 


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Professor Martin Wood

Martin Wood is an organisation theorist interested in process philosophy and general sociological questions concerning work, culture and economy. He has continuing interests in each of these areas and developing concerns with the question of how documentary film and video can meet relevant criteria as research. He has published in key scholarly outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, for which he jointly won the 2005 Best Paper Award. In addition, his 2009​ short film Lines of Flight has​ received attention and won significant prizes at international film festivals. 




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