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Burning Mind 2022 – Innovation workshop

14 July @ 12:30 pm - 10:30 pm AEST



Igniting the mind’s untapped potential.

Burning Mind is an interactive collaborative half-day accelerator. Designed to rapidly uplift your Human OS, providing you with a proven framework to building continuous value in a rapidly evolving world.

We’ll short circuit the typical long drawn out innovation learning process, and get you to the outcome in a fun, collaborative and interactive manner.

Burning Mind is focused on companies and people who are wanting to disrupt the market they are in. Companies that are growing but need help with a framework to put everyone on the same page.

Business is about trust. During this workshop, we are going to build that, whilst also enabling an understanding of how everyone thinks, and explore new ways to work together. You will leave 100% confident that you have the skills to evolve both your problem-solving ability and business model. An increase in value for you and your company.By attending this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Increase your innovation understanding
  • Think and solve problems differently
  • Validate and solve different business hypothesis
  • Ignite collaboration skills & ideas
  • Co-create new value (for both you & your company)
  • Increase work capability/productivity
  • Master a repeatable innovation formula

This workshop is facilitated by Finbar O’Hanlon who is a Certified Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation Professional, Polymath and TEDx speaker (

As an Entrepreneur and Inventor, he has real-world experience in the process of taking ideas from invention to IPO including CTO to a number of entities, and CEO of the company he founded, Linius ASX: LNU

“It was an easy decision to invest in Fin’s Innovation Accelerator. Fin opened my mind to the true application of innovation.

When I applied the work I felt like my brain had rewired in ways far beyond my expectations. I have experienced an expansion of mind and I clearly understand how to validate my product, the problem, and the solution in ways I could never have known otherwise.

The best bit is this process can be applied to many areas of life.

If you want a cutting-edge, ‘no-fail’ system that allows you to confidently innovate, validate and deliver with profound results, this program is essential. “

Sommer-Louise Bentley – CEO BIOScapes Group

Important pretraining material: Please watch Fin’s talk prior to attending: and the accompanying notes.


Post-workshop thing will “heat up” as we host an after-party. Previous attendees of our events will understand the philosphy. If it’s your first time you need to know…

WHAT ‘IS’​ #CommonSenseEvents?

Networking as we know it: IS BROKEN. We’re a group of abundant people breaking old models – and reimagining a better way to do business.

We eat food – drink wine – build relationships and curate events that flip the way you are used to doing things at traditional networking events. We call this un-networking.​

No business names or titles allowed. Shallow small talk “so what do you do? is prohibited.

Instead, the focus is on connection, the building of relationships, and mutual understanding without being “sold to.” Who the person is matters more than what they do.


  1. epic venue
  2. values-driven people
  3. .food + drinks and french themed entertainment (In recognition of Bastille Day)

THE TARGET: People who dislike networking but love connecting. Talking to interesting people who are interested in them.


1. Disruptors, action takers and values-driven people are our tribe. The more diverse you are: the more likely we will offer you a golden ticket ‘​in’.​

2. We don’t talk about last names, role titles, company names, or work at Common Sense Events

3. This means, you must leave your normal networking intro at the door. (we’ll help you connect to the person, not the job title)

4. Probably best to leave your ego at the door, too.

5. Discussions will twist and turn, BUT the group must work together to self-correct to ensure the conversations remains people centric and add value to all attendees.

*Our promise is that each Common Sense event you attend you will leave us more inspired energised, connected, and motivated than when you walked in.

*When was the last event you attended that offers this kind of promise?

Who Attends These Events:

These workshops and dinners are for business owners, thinkers, and strategists who want to meet other abundance thinkers and build long term business relations.

Pedigree of our Club:

Respected members of our community who have attended one or more of the Common Sense events include:

Tal Evans – CEO, Majestic Computer Technology & Agile Health Computing

Tal was born in Israel and lived there until the age of 13 before emigrating to Australia. He loves spending time with his wife who he would be lost without after nearly a quarter of a decade propping him up and supporting both their two wonderful daughters and their life together. You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but he was an avid woodworker too. Though, he is unlikely to reengage in his hobbies too soon as he loves what he does now.

Tal has an amazing understanding of people and what service is. He is always looking to help with new ideas and ways of doing things, particularly if you are in a mess with your systems or your existing IT provider isn’t cutting it anymore. He has a very dry direct sense of humor and is a steadfast friend.

Tal’s goal is to meet other abundance thinkers and enjoys helping others and being helped. His measure of success is to help at least 10 other people achieve their own success in business before he retires.

Bronwyn Stanton – Source Central Partners (ex USB Bank)

Bronwyn is a 5-time Oyster eating champion at The Botanical Hotel in South Yarra before the manager there begged her not to enter again. She has a Bachelor of Computer Science & Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University. After 20 years’ in the financial services industry made the switch to IT Sales & Marketing.

She’s a long-suffering St Kilda Football Club fan who loves travel, DJ’ing and is a real foodie. On her bucket list is Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey. The one book she recommends is Purple Cow by Seth Godin and if money was no object she’d help with microfinancing for developing nations.

Michael McKinnon CIO Tesserant (ASX: TNT)

Michael has been involved with 5 different companies that have made the AFR fast-growing companies list.

He likes nothing more than to just build stuff and geek out. Just for fun, he has a side project to collate all the Australian website domains in existence. Like many techs, people got involved in Bitcoin and got scammed. Not much of a sports person as he prefers techie things like 3D printing and ethical hackers.

If money were no object he’d be sitting on the rear deck of a superyacht with his teenage boys enjoying quality time with them. The book he recommends is Command and Control by Eric Schlosser and he prefers dogs to cats.

Alan Gill Co-Founder of Choice Energy

Alan is a certified energy geek, a family man who cares about people, energy, a decent coffee and rugby union (armchair fan). Alan loves both cats & dogs, his favorite superhero is Thor. One book he recommended is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. Top of his bucket list is to have Ph.D. in Roman History.

Alan’s superpower is that he both understands and uses his fear and if money was no object he would spend his days helping people and hanging out with his family.

Reviews & Feedback: Some feedback from some of the people who have attended our events:

“I’ve attended every kind of corporate event but the dinner I attended was hands down the best event I’ve been to in the last 5-6 years” – Alan Hodgson – Telephony and Network Lead at GPC Asia Pacific

“Ronan’s approach to networking is to create real value for his contacts – a generous outpouring of advice and support – and one which I have copied with increasing success. People buy when they trust you, and Ronan has taught me how to create trust” – Denis Oakley Head of Business Model Innovation, Denis Oakley & Co


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