Monthly Ethical Networking Events

Uses for blockchain beyond cryptocurrency

Uses for blockchain beyond cryptocurrency.

What role does blockchain have in your work?
What are the opportunities for social and environmental impact enterprises?
How is it being used at the moment and what does it mean for the non-techo’s in this community?

Here’s your chance to have conversations with humans who are entrenched in the industry and hear:

  • what they are doing,
  • how they are using the technology,
  • find out what the future holds and how it may impact you, and
  • explore the opportunities available for you…

Come along and join us for our second speed mentoring event for 2018. We’ve asked several speakers to be mentors for this month’s meeting. So far we’re pleased to announce:

  • Nichola Cooper – MiVote
  • Jamie Skella – Horizon State
  • Lizzie Mettam – Think5678
  • Ellie Rennie – RMIT University
  • TBA

How do these events work?

  • Casual networking (15 mins)
  • Introduction to the process, Moral Fairground and the sponsors
  • Speed Networking (20-30 mins) make new connections – each conversation will be five minutes, and you’ll have two minutes to speak and two minutes to listen
  • Don’t worry we’ll keep track of the time and let you know when it is time to change
  • Conversations with Mentors for 60 minutes every 10-15 mins each mentor will move to a group and open the discussion – with a set topic
  • Casual Networking continues

Why are we introducing Speed Networking?

  • It is a fun way to meet a lot of people in a very short time and introduce yourself to them and practice your story.
  • Sometimes we may give you a question to answer – for example,
  • What is it you do and why?
  • Practice your pitch, or
  • what is an ethical enterprise?

What is Speed Mentoring?

  • When we have run this format in the past – it’s been amazing how animated the conversations have been.
  • Fun, educational, informative and insightful are just a few words we received from the feedback.
  • Each mentor will set a topic for the evening. They will present the issue to a group and start the conversation, after 10-15 minutes they will move onto the next group and start again.
  • This is an opportunity for each group to meet each mentor to discuss a very specific topic. Conversations are a fantastic way to gain insight from others and share our knowledge and the lessons we have learnt from our experiences.
The focus of this networking event is to meet like minded people, get to know who is out there trying to change the world, and to build relationships. It’s not about making a quick sale.

Wed 18th April 2018

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


$30 for Adults
$25.50 for MFG Business Members or Students
Book Tickets
Tickets includes: – Access to an evening of networking and mentoring – Light catering and soft drinks – Coffee and Tea.

Door Prizes

Automatic entry to go into a draw to win a free ticket to our next networking event.
• On the night bring your business card to go into a draw to win “Emergent”, Stephen Scott Johnson latest book.


6:00pm: Canapés and casual networking
6:15pm – 6:50pm: Speed networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Conversations with mentors
8:30pm: Casual networking


Donkey Wheel House
The Difference Incubator TDi

673 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Tram: Any tram along Spencer Street, Melbourne.
Train: Closest train station is Southern Cross.
Parking Stations nearby: Book early to save

Who are the Mentors?

Ellie Rennie

Ellie Rennie
RMIT University

Blockchain, Institutions and Inclusion

Blockchain promises to overcome some problematic aspects of online communication and transactions, including data privacy and accountability of information sources. While these benefits are significant, blockchain also brings new societal-level risks. What does ‘distributed’ governance entail, and how will these emerging platforms become inclusive? We know that blockchain technology will interact with other technologies, including the Internet of Things and machine learning. In the process, it will transform not only our technical systems but also our social institutions – including those that protect our rights and ensure more equitable outcomes. How do we stay alert to both the benefits and risks of this technology?

Ellie Rennie is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, affiliated with the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, and the Blockchain Innovation Hub. She investigates digital inclusion and automation, with a focus on public policy. Ellie is currently working on a diverse array of research projects, including: Cyber-safety in remote Aboriginal communities (Telstra); digital inclusion in primary schools (One Education); and blockchain and the housing sector (AHURI). She is the author or co-author of four books.

Nichola Cooper

Nichola Cooper

Using blockchain to improve democratic decision-making

Nichola is a Research Lead for MiVote Australia, a researcher for the School of International Futures, an Emerging Fellow of the Association of Professional Futurists and a Ph.D candidate studying the future of trust.

Always curious, Nichola enjoys researching the interplay of systems and the impacts of drivers of change.

Lizzie Mettam

Lizzie Mettam

Blockchain – a technology creating access for real wealth for all people

Blockchain has the ability to redistribute existing, new and unimagined value and knowledge to create real wealth so that all people can thrive on their own terms. Whether it’s through cryptocurrency use, asset ownership and transfer, micro financing, smart contracts or redefining and generating digital and sovereign identity, blockchain is providing access and opportunity for those wanting to participate in a global economy and particularly for those who have been on the fringes of society. The last mile communities, the unbanked and the forgotten. This technology, when partnered with others, will redefine society and how people work, rest and play globally.

Lizzie is a Futures Thinker and Strategic Advisor for Think5678, a coalition of thinkers, makers and doers, working on applying advanced technologies, emerging business models and collaborative partnerships to solve social and environmental problems. Having worked in unique roles globally, Lizzie works with organisations and individuals to harness opportunities for innovative, fresh partnerships, business and service models that solve problems, are future focused, strategic and powerful, delivering better value and impact in an economy testing new approaches. With a background in psychotherapy and communication, Lizzie’s focus is about bringing the human narrative into the tech conversation – people can and will change the world and tech will help us get there.

Jamie Skella

Jamie Skella
Horizon State

Building blockchain businesses and democratising investment opportunities with ICOs

Futurist and entrepreneur Jamie Skella has spent 20 years in the design, building and advising of businesses across blockchain, esports, machine learning, and even future food. Formerly Executive Director at MiVote, Jamie is Co-Founder of Horizon State, who are redesigning how societies collectively make decisions using distributed ledger technology.

Speaker - to be advised


Who are we?

moral fairground evolve with us
Moral Fairground is devoted to promoting sustainable and fair trade business practices. Our mission to educate, inspire and encourage people to make choices that will have a positive impact on the world, the environment and the people we share it with.

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the toxic fox
The Toxic Fox Show is a podcast for conscious business owners who give a damn! About the impact their business has on you and future generations. The interviews are conversations with entrepreneurs who run a business that aims to have a positive impact on the world. The second season will be recorded and released this year.
The Difference Incubator TDi
The Difference Incubator (TDi) is our Venue partner. TDi fundamentally believes that if you’re passionate about seeing change in the world, building businesses where social and financial returns are aligned is the best way to achieve it. Through our method we seek to build better businesses with alternative, sustainable revenue streams, ultimately helping us crack entrenched social and environmental challenges.
Qi Teas
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If you are a retailer wanting to stock delicious, organic and Fair Trade teas or if you are personally wanting to purchase some, click here.

Upcoming Events in 2018

May 16th
Event TBA

Stay tuned for event details.

What is the ethical network event series?

A business networking event for leaders and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and discuss their ethical business practices.

The ethical network event series is a unique opportunity to form business relationships with like-minded leaders and new ethical entrepreneurs. Each event is an educational and networking event, an opportunity to come together in a relaxed environment to meet and network with other like-minded businesses and individuals. It is a chance to celebrate the skills, passion and diversity of the ethical business network and recognise the achievements of the business leaders who are driving social and ethical business movement and the social economy. The event creates networking opportunities for Ethical SMEs. We embrace this business community through networking, professional development and coaching opportunities in an intimate and informative environment.

Want to get involved?

If you would like to get involved as a speaker, running a workshop, host a panel discussion or a debate at the Ethical Network Events, we look forward to hearing from you. By participating as a speaker in this event you will have the opportunity to share your own experiences and skills as well as allocated time to network with attendees. Feel free to get in touch.

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• Speakers: Louisa & Matt Tew

MARCH 2016 WED 16th PDF
• Speaker: Melanie Raymond
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