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

  • Food Connect shares what it takes to create a successful crowd sourced equity campaign

    June 10, 2019 Food Connect shares what it takes to create a successful crowd sourced equity campaign

    Robert Pekin from Food Connect on the ‘how to’ of CSEF and how it is very different to impact investing, especially with regard to the ‘bottom-up’ organising of ‘the crowd’.

  • Insane Trade and Climate Chaos

    June 5, 2019 Insane Trade and Climate Chaos

    Imagine a world where food routinely gets shipped thousands of miles away to be processed, then shipped back to be sold right where it started. It sounds like a joke, but it’s the world we live in now. Much of the trade that happens in the global economy is unnecessary, and detrimental to our efforts to curb ... Read more...

  • Recent Evolutions of the Social Economy in the European Union

    May 27, 2019 Recent Evolutions of the Social Economy in the European Union

    An interesting report about the recent evolution of the social economy in the European Union. It focuses on three areas: firstly, the social economy and the emergent concepts/movements related to it, secondly, the public policies adopted in both the EU and the member states in recent years to enhance the social economy sector and thirdly, ... Read more...

  • ‘New economics’ – the way to save the planet?

    May 10, 2019 'New economics' - the way to save the planet?

    The science is in: the endless pursuit of economic growth is devouring the foundations of life on Earth, and no country – rich or poor – can expect to escape dire consequences if things go on as they are. So how might the world change course?

    Though still confined to the fringes, a globally dispersed but ... 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!

Economic Disruptions Will Reshape Our Cities

Steven Liaros

Economic Disruptions Will Reshape Our Cities
We have become accustomed in recent years to talk about economic disruptions. Disruption of the taxi industry by Uber and of the hotel industry by Airbnb. Before that we had the disappearance of film processing stores and music record stores with the arrival of digital photography and music. With digital...


Extinction Rebellion: ready, willing and (potentially) able to save the world

Sarah Moorhead

Extinction Rebellion: ready, willing and (potentially) able to save the world
The Saturday after the 2019 federal election, I attended a meeting of the Melbourne chapter of Extinction Rebellion. I had seen the group’s curiously striking hourglass symbol pasted on street-lights and stencilled on bike paths, and I – like many others at the meeting – was searching for a way...


Extinction Rebellion – An Introduction

Jack Nicholls

Extinction Rebellion – An Introduction
Extinction Rebellion is a decentralised, global movement which calls for non-violent, disruptive civil disobedience – a rebellion - to save our land, and ultimately ourselves, from the collapse of our biosphere. You may have seen XR activists feigning symbolic death in a shopping centre, or marching in the streets, under...


Labor’s Problem: Too Far Right of Public Opinion

Duncan Wallace

Labor’s Problem: Too Far Right of Public Opinion
We live in a world where public opinion has “only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy”, or at least that was what was found by a Princeton University study of American democracy. Based on the statistical evidence, they conclude that the US has a form of “Economic-Elite...