The New Economy Network Australia (NENA) is a network of individuals and organisations working to transform Australia’s economic system so that achieving ecological health and social justice are the foundational principles and primary objectives of the economic system.

NENA works to facilitate connections, showcase and promote innovative projects, build peer-to-peer learning and use collective strategies to create and advocate for change, so that we can build a strong movement of people demanding, creating and benefiting from a ‘new’ economy.

There are three dimensions to NENA’s work: we are building networks, connections and shared initiatives:

  1. within specific geographic areas such as towns/cities, regions and states.
    Please read about our Geographic Hubs for more information
  2. across different sectors within the new economy, including: sustainable food, energy, transport, housing, indigenous economics, ecological economics and many more. Please read about our Sectoral Hubs for more information.
  3. that prioritise specific strategic goals every year. (Information about NENA’s Annual Strategic Plan will be available soon)

To carry out our work, NENA is made up of a growing number of connected, semi-autonomous Sectoral and Geographic Hubs that bring people together to focus on different issues in the new economy. NENA also has a central coordinating hub that provides support to our Hubs across Australia, and secretariat support to our elected groups.

New Economy News from Australia and Abroad

  • Gig Watch

    April 24, 2019

    The gig economy has grown significantly over the past 5 years, in Australia and around the world. The OECD has estimated that on-line platforms for information, goods and services dominate the top 15 of the world’s largest internet based companies; and a European study suggests that one worker in 40 relies on the gig economy ... Read more...

  • Transitions Film Festival presents: Visions for a better world

    March 28, 2019 Transition Film Festival

    After a high impact 8th year in Melbourne, The Transitions Film Festival returns to Sydney this April with an inspiring selection of 8 world-changing films.

    Focusing on documentaries that explore the forces and innovations shaping our lives and the solutions to our greatest collective challenges, the festival aims to inspire audiences ... Read more...

  • The sharing economy: Contributions to food security in Australia (by Denise G. Nogueira)

    March 27, 2019

    This research explores the contributions of the sharing economy to food security in Australia by examining how the sharing economy promotes access to food to a population that is unable to acquire enough healthy quality food to meet their needs. The findings of this research offer a range of sharing economy approaches to address ... Read more...

  • Women-led employee-owned business lead the way

    March 12, 2019 Co-operative Development Scotland - Women-led employee-owned business lead the way

    Research carried out by Women’s Enterprise Scotland shows that women-led businesses contribute more than £5 billion towards the Scottish economy, and that if rates of women-led businesses equalled that of men, the contribution to Scotland’s GVA would increase to £13 billion. Therefore, it’s encouraging that the past few years have seen a rise in the number of ... Read more...

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NENA Journal

See below for a selection of articles from the latest issue of NENA Journal.

To explore all articles, visit the NENA Journal page!

Locavore Living: Taking Back the Commons for Common Good

Locavore Living: Taking Back the Commons for Common Good
There’s a new story inspiring a global movement for positive change. It’s all about re-inhabiting the commons and sharing. Listen in to this special festival panel and hear how communities are re-activating neighbourhoods, co-designing, growing food commons, working and living together, and addressing the big questions with powerful local responses....


Permaculture Pedals, Part 1: My Back Story – A Bush Kid from the City

Permaculture Pedals, Part 1: My Back Story – A Bush Kid from the City
This is the first in a 4-part series telling the story of Mick Crear’s decision to leave his job, and all the baggage that came with it, to pursue a simpler, richer life as a permaculturist cycling around Australia. “I’m going to ride a bike from Brisbane down to Melbourne...


Ecological Ethics in a ‘New’ Ecological Economics

Ecological Ethics in a ‘New’ Ecological Economics
It is time for a new research agenda to examine the worldview and ethics of ecological economics. Ethics must be central to any economic theory, and, if not addressed, our economy (and society) will stay on its present, destructive course and we will be unlikely to reach a truly sustainable...


Event Report: A Farm Day Out!

Event Report: A Farm Day Out!
Why do we have sex? Well, one reason is that it creates genetic diversity, which means, as a population, we are much less likely to be wiped out by some disease. Though asexual reproduction is much more efficient, the benefits of genetic diversity are so big that sex dominates as...


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