Mission and Vision
We are committed to the integration of sustainability, and using the power of business to help solve complex problems, such as climate change. We believe this can be done by aligning the areas of Business, Investing and Creativity (BIC). Our work is focused on building a knowledge hub, and a community of like minds to facilitate innovation, opportunity and change.
Our mission is to help all of us transition to the Sustainable Economy (SE). We see issues such as climate change as both a risk and an opportunity. We see it as a catalyst to advance our mindset and our enterprises.
Our guiding light is a simple formula: ESG + Sustaintech = Sustainable Economy, (G+S=E).
Neatly, GSE is the mirror of ESG. This formula combines and aligns the business and investing communities. Simplicity breeds clarity, focus and momentum.
ESG refers to Environmental Sustainable Governance- a framework primarily for investors and fund managers, but also relevant to entrepreneurs, and business managers.
Sustaintech is a term we have coined to cover key emerging innovation spaces, such as Greentech, renewables, Fintech, Agribusiness and Biotech. Here a key principle is the building of Circular Systems. These are non linear systems. They are not only carbon emissions neutral or negative, but like systems in nature, are waste neutral.
The Sustainable Economy (SE) is a vision we have where sustainable principles and practices are integrated in all decision-making, systems, supply chains, and products and services. It will emerge from the alignment of ESG and Sustaintech. Chiefly, it will emerge from creativity and innovation.
By rejecting mindsets and approaches of the past, and creating now approaches, such as Agile Management, we return to a Stakeholder philosophy in business and investing. This approach will give us a better, more dynamic matrix, such as ESG, to manage complex issues such as climate change, globalisation and inequality.
Our vision is to help ensure a Sustainable Economy becomes a dominant paradigm and a reality by 2030. This date coincides with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the evidence given to us by scientists making it clear that significant climate action must occur in this decade.
Through small steps each day, and by building a community of other independent, creative thinkers and business people, we humbly hope to make a contribution to a better world. A world that is tech enabled, enlightened and inclusive. A world where True Wealth is enjoyed by all of us.
We provide independent news, insights, education, research and resources to help the business and investing communities transition to the emerging Sustainable Economy.
We concentrate on the following areas-
- Mindset– focusing on the development of creative thinking and embedding purpose.
- Macroeconomic– gain business and investing insights into global trends and opportunities.
- Environmental & Social Governance (ESG)– understand risks and opportunities, discover case studies and learn about how to integrate ESG- a key area for all entrepreneurs, managers and investors.
- Innovation – learn about key developments in tech and innovation, including management frameworks, such as Agile Management and Design Thinking. Also find out about opportunities in areas such as Greentech and Fintech.
- Wealth Creation – dedicated to help improve Financial Literacy and helping all people invest better and smarter, for example in emerging Sustaintech areas.
- Stocks– research, selection and management of stocks and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), specialising in ESG related opportunities and integration.
- Trading– discover insights about robust trading systems in specialist markets, such as commodities. Here we have a vision of building leveraged income systems for perpetual wealth creation to enable higher, purpose led work, such as investment in Sustaintech companies.
Through our membership we are building a community of like creative minds, entrepreneurs, managers and investors. This will enable opportunities, greater engagement and global reach. To join is currently free, click here .
CEO & Founder
Lee Spano is the founder of Creatness International www.creatness.com . He has a broad range of knowledge and experience, now spanning nearly 30 years. He has worked in several sectors, including: finance, law, property and technology. In finance, Lee has specialised experience in stocks, options, futures and foreign exchange markets, where he has built robust investing and trading systems. In property, he has developed property, particularly medium density residential property in Australia. In technology, Lee was an early adopter in the 1990s in the design of professional online networks. In 1990, Lee started out as a lawyer in Sydney, Australia, and specialised in Commercial Law.
Lee holds several degrees and other awards from leading institutions, such as the University of Sydney. These cover disciplines such as: Finance, Business, Law, Mathematics and Psychology. He has a commitment to lifelong learning through research, innovation, and engaging with fellow travellers. Professionalism, integrity, social justice, creativity and serving others have become enduring values. On a personal note, Lee has a passion for family, community, nature and Art Photography.
Lee has written widely over the years, and his latest book is ‘True Wealth – Principles and Practices’ (Amazon –International ; Booktopia –Australia ; Barnes & Noble -USA). Here a new paradigm of thought for lasting prosperity and success is presented. It is based on extensive research and experience, drawing on many fields, ranging from science to philosophy, business and economics. He helps us to re-define what we mean by wealth and success, and then empowers us to achieve so much more in business and in life.
For Lee’s full biography, click here.
“If you are looking for someone to explain the financial markets in an easy to understand manner, I highly recommend Lee Spano. As the Events and Member Services Coordinator of the Australian Investors Association, I have called on Lee’s expertise many times to do presentations at our Annual National Conference as well as at our Information Meetings. Lee is also a regular article contributor to our quarterly magazine and Facebook page. Lee’s presentation style is excellent and his knowledge of the financial markets is excellent.” – Donna Meadows, AIA Events and Member Services Coordinator.
“Lee Spano has written many informative and engaging investment articles for Australian Resources and Investment magazine.” – Eden Cox, Editor Australian Resources and Investment Journal.
“With a broad background in Business and Law, Lee offers a range of information and educational products to the business and investing community. As an experienced Trader and Investor, he has been an active developer and innovator of trading systems for derivatives. He shares his expertise through published articles in journals and magazines. Lee has contributed his marketing expertise to the Australian Investors Association, through his membership of the Marketing Committee.”- Bill Dodd, Private Investor.
“As an industry professional I found working with Lee Spano, firstly on the Brisbane Chapter of the ATAA and then with the ATAA National Board, to be highly professional and his experience in marketing and member recruitment to be exemplary. The concepts put forward to be highly effective and achievable and in this regard I would highly recommend Lee’s services. As a co-member of the ATAA and attending Lee’s presentations, particularly in the area of increasing wealth creation through a disciplined and a systematic approach, to be clear and concise, with an emphasis on professionalism to be hugely beneficial to any private trader or professional.”- Dean Smith, Private Client Advisor- Options Specialist, Former President of the ATAA Brisbane Chapter and Director of the National ATAA Board.
“Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.”- Andrew Carnegie.