Welcome

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

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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!

Something in the Air

Kurt Johnson

Something in the Air
Until recently, before planes landed at South Tarawa, a guard was radioed to clear the runway of sleeping dogs and pigs baking in the equatorial sun. Now there is a fence. Progress is coming to the Pacific nation of Kiribati. Even so, no tall buildings obstruct my plane’s descent, and...

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Book Excerpt: Democracy may not Exist, but We’ll Miss it When it’s Gone

Astra Taylor

Book Excerpt: Democracy may not Exist, but We’ll Miss it When it’s Gone
Typically, democracy is considered to consist of one person, one vote, exercised in periodic elections; constitutional rights; and a market economy. On paper at least, there is no shortage of states that conform to this rather limited conception -- by some estimates, 81 countries moved from authoritarianism to democracy between...

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Economics: For Better or Worse?

Frank Stilwell

Economics: For Better or Worse?
What’s wrong with economics? Many people seem to be wondering. A subject claimed by its practitioners as the ‘queen of the social sciences’ is widely seen as partly culpable for the contemporary problems of financial crisis, excessive debt, unsustainable growth, ecological stresses and deepening social inequalities. Perhaps the roots of...

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On Being Someone

Henry Laurence

On Being Someone
You are not tall enough. Not big enough either, nor fast enough. Not talented at playing football enough, especially, to get on the team for which you are once again passed over (or, if not the football team, something more appropriate to your interests, perhaps hockey, or debating, or chess)....

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