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Ethical Fields: Learning Together Series – Beyond Bushfires

Monday 17 Aug

12:30 pm

1:30 pm




About this event

A 6-week (one session per week) introductory level of online learning that focuses on co-operative bushfire recovery. This program is recommended for entry-level co-ops, not-for-profits focused on bushfire recovery and community groups.

There are educational bursaries available through the Co-operative Farming project, details are shown below for criteria. If you are eligible for a bursary, this reduces the cost to you, from $550 to $55 (GST inclusive).

Depending on enrolment, the sessions will be 60 (if between 10 – 15 enrolments) or 90 minutes (if over 15 enrolments).  The sessions will be held weekly on Mondays between 1230 and 1330 AEST (or 1400 AEST depending on enrolments).

The course will run weekly commencing Monday 17th August 2020 for six weeks. In between sessions participants will be part of an online learning community.

By the end of each series, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the values and principles of co-operatives;
  • Apply lessons from case studies to their place and industry based circumstances;
  • Articulate the challenges and opportunities of these times (e.g. post bushfire, post COVID-19) for their business and/or community); and
  • Use a range of collaborative online tools.

In this series, participants will also reflect the experience of co-ops and co-op leaders’ role in resilience, recovery and business acumen in applying learning from bushfires to potential future disruptions. 

Guest speakers will contribute to the program drawing on their experience in co-ops and in bushfire recovery.

17 AugustWhy Co-ops and Why Co-ops Now?
24 AugustLearning Together
31 AugustTranslating Theory into Practice Part 1
7 SeptemberTranslating Theory into Practice Part 2
14 SeptemberTranslating Theory into Practice Part 3
21 SeptemberLearning Harvest

Your facilitators will be:

Andrew Ward

Andrew is the Co-Founder of incubator.coop and has a focus on pre-formation Co-operatives.  He has assisted the development of local and platform Co-op’s.  Andrew is the Treasurer of the New Economy Network of Australia (NENA), a Director of the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia (CFIA) and Co-Founder of Ethical Fields.

Rohan Clarke

Rohan is the Co-Founder of incubator.coop and Chair of the BCCM’s Platform Co-operative Taskforce.  He has assisted in the development of local and platform Co-op’s. Rohan is Conservation Finance Advisor to Trust for Nature and is co-founder of FairB&B Coop in Australia. Rohan has expertise in financing and technology solutions.

Moira Were AM

Moira is the founder of the Hen House Co-operative based in South Australia. The cooperative seeks to close the gender investment gap. She is a member of the SA Chief Entrepreneurs Advisory Board. Moira has qualifications in social work, adult education, economics and ethics and has recently joined the Ethical Fields team. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019 for her services to the community.

Participant requirements
No prior knowledge of co-ops is required to register for this 6 week course.

You do however need:

  • Capacity to participate virtually each week for six weeks (online session plus 30 minutes to an hour offline in between sessions
  • Willing to complete a pre and post confidential learning survey 

If enrolments exceed 15 for this program the time line will be 90 minutes instead of 60 minutes as advertised. Participants will be advised prior to session 1.

  • Information and Education
  • Skills Development
  • Agriculture and Permaculture
  • Conservation and Land Care
NOTE: All event information was accurate at the time of publishing, but we do not take any responsibility for losses or damages incurred due to incorrect information. Please follow the links to the original organisers for further details.

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