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

  • Making Progress on Social Enterprise Legal Models

    February 12, 2019 Social Enterprise Legal Models

    In the field of “scalable” social enterprise via developing – and legislating for – broader social enterprise legal models, substantial progress was made in 2018, with further developments in 2019 and beyond, planned and well underway.

    Read more at Pro Bono Australia

  • Farming, Food and Nature

    February 7, 2019

    This powerful book examines the massive global impact caused by intensive livestock production and then explores solutions, ranging from moving to agroecological farming to reducing consumption of animal products, including examples of best practice and innovation, both on land and within the investment and food industries.

  • The gig economy – winners and losers

    January 17, 2019

    Workers in the ‘gig economy’ might be delivering your pizza, programming the app that allows the transaction, or own the platform and 15% of each transaction. Like the internet itself, the gig economy is proof that equality of opportunity has no relationship to equity or equality of outcome.

    It is easier than ever to own one’s ... Read more...

  • Food Connect Raises $2 Million Through Equity Crowdfunding

    December 21, 2018 Emma-Kate Rose and Rob Pekin

    An ethical food social enterprise has raised more than two million dollars through equity crowdfunding to become Australia’s first community-owned local food hub.

    Food Connect is a community supported agriculture enterprise that aims to create a fairer food system by connecting local farmers with local buyers.

    After spending 12 years and more than a million dollars renting ... Read more...

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