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

  • Limit growth: liberate degrowth

    May 19, 2020 Limit growth: liberate degrowth

    by Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson, openDemocracy

    Degrowth stands for quality of life within planetary limits. This is the real opposite of capitalist growth.

    Degrowth is to growth as quality is to quantity, totally different. Growth is pure quantity: it is quality neutral. It is only because we live in a capitalist ... Read more...

  • Ten threats to humanity’s survival identified in Australian report calling for action

    April 22, 2020 Ten threats to humanity's survival identified in Australian report calling for action

    by Lisa Cox, The Guardian

    Governments should use the urgency of the Covid-19 pandemic to address 10 potentially catastrophic threats to the survival of the human race, according to a report by a collection of prominent Australian researchers and public figures.

    A report by a group called the Commission for the Human ... Read more...

  • Coronavirus and degrowth

    April 6, 2020 Coronavirus and degrowth

    by Anitra Nelson and Vincent Liegey, The Ecologist

    Degrowth is often referred to as a ‘provocative slogan’, but it comprises a distinct line of thought that highlights the dynamic contradiction between productivist economic growth and Earth’s material limits.

    This new critical guide to degrowth argues that we can improve people’s lives simply by sharing what ... Read more...

  • Finance sector urged to keep Australians safe through COVID-19

    April 1, 2020 Finance sector urged to keep Australians safe through COVID-19

    by Luke Michael, Pro Bono Australia

    The finance sector can regain the nation’s trust if it protects Australians throughout the coronavirus pandemic and helps build a better society when the crisis ends, experts believe.

    COVID-19 has had a major impact on all aspects of Australian society, including the finance industry.

    Public trust in the sector has waned following ... Read more...

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New Economy Journal

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

To explore all articles, visit the New Economy Journal page!

Some Facts About Debt

Emma Dawson, Matthew Lloyd Cape, Per Capita

Some Facts About Debt
As the federal government pumps unprecedented amounts of spending into the Australian economy to offset the damage from the worst economic shock in living memory, talk is starting to turn to the fear of the long-term debt this will create. This fear is largely misplaced, and results from decades of...


Demand the Future: COVID-19 and the Economics of Opportunity

Jacob Debets

Demand the Future: COVID-19 and the Economics of Opportunity
We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. Martin Luther King Jr. “Beyond Vietnam”, 1967 Crises...


Dear Economics: Did COVID-19 Get to You Too?

Klelia Guerrero García

Dear Economics: Did COVID-19 Get to You Too?
What’s wrong with our economic system? Professor Frank Stilwell has recently suggested that its limited evolution and inability to connect the science of economics with contemporary issues are two main issues, and pointed to the diminished demand for economics degrees as a symptom of economics’ ailment. Stilwell is not alone:...


Population is a Driver of Environmental Impact: a Response to Duncan Wallace

Mark Diesendorf

Population is a Driver of Environmental Impact: a Response to Duncan Wallace
I am disappointed by Duncan Wallaces’s response (NEJ, October 2019) to the articles by Kurt Johnson (NEJ, April 2019) , Mark Diesendorf (NEJ, June 2019) and Haydn Washington (NEJ, July 2019), which drew attention to the environmental impacts of human population on a finite planet. The subtitle of Wallace’s article...