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Conscious capitalism and futures beyond economic growth

Conscious capitalism and futures beyond economic growth

Many of us are interested in building better futures across environmental, social and economic horizons but what does this look like at the broader system level?

Some advocate the notion that conscious capitalism, shared value or social enterprise will allow us to improve quality of life and innovate our way beyond current environmental challenges. Free markets, entrepreneurship and competition, managed with trust, compassion and collaboration are the best vehicles to equity, sustainability and prosperity.

Others argue that we need to build a new kind of economy, rethink the money system, reconsider governance of the global commons, support the development of peer to peer culture and even work towards a not-for-profit world.

What kind of systems might allow the emergence of a thriving planetary civilisation?

What kind of organisations and decision making processes will best serve the development of these systems?

Join host Julian Waters-Lynch in conversation with Donnie Maclurcan, Caroline Mclaren and Murali Maheswaran for a lively, provocative and interactive exploration of the relationship between current organisational models and the bigger picture of our shared future.

Donnie Maclurcan is co-founder of the Post Growth Institute– an international group exploring and inspiring paths to global prosperity that don’t rely on economic growth and the convenor's of Free Money Day. He is also the founder and ideas guy at Project Australia– a community organisation helping people start, scale and sustain not-for-profit initiatives. He's passionate about innovative yet simple approaches to social change and likes to build on what's already working, whilst retaining a critical lens by which to make such observations. He's recently written a book titled Nanotechnology and Global Equality, coedited another: Nanotechnology and Global Sustainabilityand is working on his next one: Not for Profit World: An EcoNomics for All. Donnie holds a PhD in social science from the University of Technology, Sydney

Connect with Donnie on Twitter @donmacca

Caroline is passionate about finding the intersection between companies ‘doing well’ financially"and ‘doing good’ for the broader community. She's currently undertaking an experiment into this field as Director of Strategy at Bridge Fellows. Having worked in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space, she seeks to explore the opportunities business provides to create sustainable and meaningful positive change for broader society, regardless of the operational form.

Until recently Caroline was a consultant at the global strategy firm Bain & Company, and has also done stints in marketing with the likes of George Weston Foods and Yahoo!7. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

Connect with Caroline on Twitter @carolinemclaren

Murali is inspired by you. What!? He doesn’t even know me. No matter, he believes in the truth of your emergence in this shared life. It indicates to him an abiding certainty of the deeply authentic greatness that only you are capable of manifesting. After a decade long detour through the Australian Public Service, the Victorian Public Service, private tax practice and curating not-for-profit leadership forums, he is no longer waiting for the Revolution, he is ready to co-create it with you.


Gathering from 6pm with panel discussion from 6:30pm to 8pm.

You are also welcome to join us from 4pm at the Hub for a shared discussion about the Collaboratory itself.

We will be following the discussion with drinks and inspired conversation. Hope to see you there. :)

*registration includes beer and wine.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    great to hear from a varied panel, and well done (as per usual!) facilitation from julian.

    September 24, 2012

  • Julian W.

    One tough gig to facilitate but a really important topic to begin to discuss more frequently in the public sphere. Thanks all for attending and contributing.

    September 23, 2012

  • Mike L.

    Given the enormous scope of the subject and the brief time available, Julian and the other panelists did very well

    September 23, 2012

  • Fiona W.

    The topic may have been too broad to easily handle in one session. The breaking up into smaller groups to discuss points raised was a great idea. Possibly some very clear definitions on a screen and some boundaries around the topic would have made the discussion a bit easier.

    September 23, 2012

  • Charles B.

    a typical gathering of people who care deeply about the future, but have no common way forward. Very enjoyable talking, but no real outcomes

    September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Much food for thought and excellent conversation which followed the panel. As so many also remarked on the night, Julian did an amazing job with his facilitation.

    September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seth Godin says that "We Are All Weird", but after reflecting on last night and us #collabmelb members, I'd say we are all weirder...

    September 22, 2012

  • Julian W.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight - here's a video that captures a perspective on our topic tonight by our friends at

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shame I am not in Melbourne ... but I would be interested to find out whether from the discussion in this group, if you agree with the sentiment expressed by The Venus Project (Jacques Fresco), The Zeitgeist Movement (Peter Josephs) and many others (including myself), that limited supply currency based economics is not capable of delivering a sustainable future for our planet, and that the best we can do in the existing system, is minimise the damage already occurring (?) ... I have been focussed on the solution to this problem for 20 years now, and in the last 10 years have been developing not only a system to replace it, but also a strategy to bring this new economic paradigm into reality, given the momentum & vested interests of the current global economic paradigm.

    1 · September 17, 2012

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