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!

Harmony Cleaning, Part One: The Birth of Harmony Cleaning Co-operative 

Harmony Cleaning, Part One: The Birth of Harmony Cleaning Co-operative 
In late February 2019, a seemingly unlikely partnership between Airbnb and a Canberra based, union-backed, refugee run cleaning cooperative, ‘Harmony Cleaning’ was announced. The story was reported widely, sparking interest as a uniquely 21st century phenomenon: an unexpected synthesis of the ethical consumption movement and the ‘gig economy’. This two...

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A Middle-Eastern New Economy Desperately Needs Our Support: The Kurdish Democratic Confederalists

A Middle-Eastern New Economy Desperately Needs Our Support: The Kurdish Democratic Confederalists
Contents [1] Turkish Imperialism [2] Democratic Confederalism [3] The Syrian Civil War [4] The Spanish Civil War of Our Age Cliché or not, the phrase “the Kurds have no friends but the mountains” rings depressingly true. US President Donald Trump’s gross betrayal of the Rojava Kurds — followed by a...

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Like F***ing Mozzies in a Darkroom

Like F***ing Mozzies in a Darkroom
Remember how a couple of months ago ScoMo brought the Tongan prime minister to tears? Sopoaga used to eat sedition charges for a light breakfast so it must’ve been some proper fiery-tongued pentecostal climate denialism the Scuz was spewing around the meeting table that day. Here’s how I picture it:...

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Reversing Global Warming: Project Drawdown – It’s possible and we all have a role to play!

Reversing Global Warming: Project Drawdown – It’s possible and we all have a role to play!
At the Paris Climate Summit in 2015 Paul Hawken realised that the language around addressing the impact of global warming on our global climate appeared to be focusing on adaptation and mitigation – but no one seemed to be focusing on a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming.  As Paul...

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