Financial Innovation on the minds of Big Blue Sky

Financial Innovation on the minds of Big Blue Sky

No City can move forward without financial innovation and that is exactly what Big Blue Sky will address at their upcoming event (7-8 October, Sofitel Broadbeach), with the assistance from experts; CEO of Quantius Canada Hassan Khan, Entrepreneur Joshua Vial, founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives Michael Bauwens, and Global Business Leader Dr David Martin.

Joshua Vial (originally from Brisbane) is an entrepreneur with a passion for business, technology and social change. He is the founder of Enspiral, and a handful of other Enspiral companies (social enterprise ventures and social entrepreneurs working together with a shared vision and values, who come together online and offline to work and learn together in a supportive environment), he will discuss the funding start-ups through community collaboration.

“I think cities are one of the most potent opportunities for innovation in our world. A possible future that intrigues me is one where the importance of nation states diminishes as the role of cities rise.


“I am mostly attracted to Big Blue Sky by the calibre of the people attending and the outcome that most excites me, would be a vibrant community of change makers on the Gold Coast who are financially strong and deeply connected with the global movement,” said Vial.


Mr KHAN is already working with a similar model in Canada and will touch on how it is there and believes financial innovation is essential to building a better city.

“Infrastructure, energy, health, telecommunications, and information and data are all some of the essential components and capabilities needed to create better cities along with a better way of engaging people and communities.  We have an awful lot of capital in the world, either locked up or not being released in the right ways to allow all of these ingredients to come together to create something better. Financial innovation is one of the levers we have to make this happen,” Khan explained.

When asked if he could present at Big Blue Sky Event he said.

“Daring to go for a moonshot and build viable communities and economies within our broader commonwealth by bringing humanity back into finance…and on top of it all being able to work with remarkable people, is quite frankly irresistible.”


Mr Bauwen brings to the table a wealth of knowledge working in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. Bauwen is currently Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (2008, 2012). He is listed at #82, on the Post Growth Institute (En)Rich list, These are just a few of his long line of credentials and will discuss the working models from the world.

Returning for his second year, Dr David Martin founder of M-CAM, a global financial institution that advises corporations and investors on corporate finance and asset allocation by underwriting intellectual property and intangible assets will speak about credit v’s debt, the role of collateral v’s guarantees, the right support for the right time and when money is not the right path.

He said that Gold Coast property development, real estate and construction businesses were among those that could benefit from keeping up to date with technological innovations and the Coast’s changing economic ecosystem.

“There’s no area that’s not being touched by this kind of economic change, and even the most incumbent Gold Coast businesses need to know what’s going on,” Dr Martin said.

“That’s why Big Blue Sky is so important to incumbent businesses, in exposing them to these developments and, at a minimum, becoming a valuable intelligence- gathering exercise.”

The Big Blue Sky Event brings together the thought leaders from a cross-section of industries to work directly with the Community, Government, Entrepreneurs, Creatives, Students and Business Leaders to discuss, challenge and think differently with the explicit purpose to co-create Moonshot projects that will forward the Gold Coast Cities resilience, vitality and economy for years to come. To get your tickets and for more information visit

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