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This talk is presented by
James Tutton - Serial entrepreneur (Co-Founder, Moonlight Cinema Co-Founder, Smiling Mind Co-Founder, The Plato Project & Director, Neometro)
James Tutton works across a portfolio of complementary executive and non-executive positions in the property, mental health, arts, education and business spheres.
James is a Director of Neometro - Melbourne’s preeminent design and socially focused development group. Neometro has a pipeline of projects throughout inner Melbourne including the New Urban Village at Jewell Station Brunswick.
James recently co-founded The Plato Project, an online and on campus business school that aims to educate globally-aware, ambitious entrepreneurs and business leaders. The Plato Project's focus is on self awareness and mindfulness, and the role these themes play in outstanding leadership, entrepreneurialism and triple bottom line business outcomes. The Plato Project has been described as a mash up of Smiling Mind, London School of Economics, with a dose of General Assembly. The Plato Project launches September 2016.
James is a founding board member of Contemporary Arts Precincts (CAP) - a new not for profit whose first project is the ambitious re-purposing of Melbourne's Collingwood TAFE site into one of Australia's largest multi-disciplinary artistic communities.
In 2012, James and fellow entrepreneur Jane Martino founded not-for-profit Smiling Mind. Smiling Mind is now Australia’s largest mindfulness meditation training program.
Smiling Mind has a deep and engaged user base which is reflected by the 1,000,000 downloads of it's app, presence on the curriculum of more than 10,000 schools, a workplace program that operates in companies like IBM, Google, Lend Lease and Twitter.
James has an entrepreneurial background, having established Moonlight Cinema in Melbourne in 1996, the business was subsequently sold to Amalgamated Holdings Limited (Greater Union).
James has a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy). James is a published author - he co-wrote the highly successful Smiling Mind mindfulness book in 2016 for Hardie Grant Publishers.