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

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

    May 10, 2019

    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...

  • A closer look at the Circular Economy

    April 25, 2019

    Have you had any reservations about the “circular economy”? If so, you’re not alone. Many critics point out that there’s no such thing as a truly ‘circular economy’, due to that pesky reality known as “entropy”. Others say it’s just another ‘green wash’ for business as usual. The founder of ecological economics and Steady State ... Read more...

  • 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 ... 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!

World Economy and Rudolf Steiner’s Social Threefold

Nigel Hoffmann

World Economy and Rudolf Steiner’s Social Threefold
I recently watched a TED talk featuring Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister and prominent commentator on economic and political affairs in Europe. He said that within the largely independent economic sphere, corporate power has become unconscionably great. This excessive power, gained especially through withholding vast amounts of capital...


NENA Symposium: NENA Hub for East Gippsland Launched

Jeremy Schroder

NENA Symposium: NENA Hub for East Gippsland Launched
From the 10th-11th of April, local and interstate guests came together for a New Economy Symposium in East Gippsland, one of Australia's most beautiful regions. East Gippsland is rich in natural heritage, featuring Alpine High Country, the Snowy River, ancient lakes including Lake Tyers, lush forests and a spectacular coastal...


How Heritage Laws Saved Melbourne’s Premier Civic Space, Federation Square

Felicity Watson

How Heritage Laws Saved Melbourne’s Premier Civic Space, Federation Square
The April 2019 decision by Heritage Victoria to reject plans for the demolition of the Yarra building at Federation Square to make way for a flagship Apple store will be remembered as one of the great victories of heritage conservation in Victoria.When the National Trust nominated Federation Square to the...


What Key Quality Should Australia’s Next PM Have?

Jayani Nadarajalingam

What Key Quality Should Australia’s Next PM Have?
Strength, courage, wisdom, vision, judgment, responsiveness: all characteristics as desirable in political leaders as they are elusive. These traits are difficult to describe in the abstract, and historic examples of their demonstration by leaders turn on the social context of that leadership.In this article, I explore how some of these...