New nomination – Simon Kerr

I have three main career paths of relevance for NENA Board duties and responsibilities.

My professional experience is with Universities, both as a lecturer in sociology and policy and for about 8 years (in New Zealand) and subsequently 15 years in various forms of University management, primarily as a Research Manager at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University where I have lead teams, professional service units, consulted on a number of large multi-institutional funding applications and been responsible for writing research related University policy. I have clear strategic policy and process strengths that I bring to my work.

I have considerable experience with in the professional sector, particularly with the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), which represents research management professionals in the research sector including Universities and Research Institutes across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Pacific regions. I was a board member of ARMS for 6 years from 2010 to 2016 and was the Society President 2015/2016.

I am currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of the Inland in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, and a leading member of the La Trobe Academic Climate Network.

The other part of my activism is through the music/multi-media project, Music for a Warming World, using music and visuals to tell the new stories needed to help create a safer future. This project includes songwriting, video making and essay writing. We have performed our work in many places from Tasmania to Queensland, from Universities to music festivals such as Woodford.

I have a BA in Sociology and Philosophy, a Masters of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management and a PhD in Political Ecology.

Current directors nominating for re-election

Dr Michelle Maloney

Dr Michelle Maloney is Co-Founder and Director of NENA, and manages the Coordinating Hub, which leads NENA’s Hub Connectivity, communications and social media, national event management, membership and partnership development. Michelle also participates on the NENA Strategic Directions Group.

Michelle is a lawyer, NGO manager and thought leader in a range of fields including the new economy, Earth centred and bioregional governance, ecological law and Rights of Nature.  Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University. As Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Michelle manages the strategic direction and governance of AELA, including the extensive partnerships and networks that AELA has with the legal, academic, indigenous and environmental advocacy communities. Michelle also designs and manages AELA programs and events, including AELA's Peoples’ Tribunal for Community and Nature’s Rights, and coordinates the work of more than 20 fantastic multi-disciplinary professional and student volunteers around Australia. Michelle is Senior Adjunct Fellow, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University; Co-Founder and Director of Future Dreaming Australia; and a member of the Steering Group of the International Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA) . Michelle lives in Brisbane, (Queensland) with her husband, daughter and Raz the Wonderdog. For details about Michelle's work and publications, please visit her AELA Profile Page.

Professor Bronwen Morgan

Dr Bronwen Morgan is a Professor Law at UNSW Law and is Co-Founder and Director of NENA. Bronwen has taught at the University of Bristol, UK as Professor of Socio-legal Studies; at the University of Oxford for six years in association with the Centre for Socio-legal Studies, and at St Hilda’s College (1999-2001) and Wadham College (2002-2005).

Bronwen’s research focuses on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts, with a particular interest in the interaction between the technocratic interstices of regulation and collective commitments to democracy, conviviality and ecological sustainability. More recently, she has focused on new and diverse economies, mostly of the kind affiliated with solidarity and the creation of a commons, and the tensions between these and recent developments in sharing or platform economies. Empirically her work has explored energy, food, water and new kinds of lawyers.

Current work includes a focus on new legal models for social enterprise and emerging solidarity or commons-based economies, with a particular focus on platform cooperativism. Bronwen has also recently concluded two projects as a PLuS Alliance Fellow: one on urban agriculture and the other on bottom-up participatory approaches to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Monique Potts

Monique is a thought leader and change agent working across the fields of education, systems transformation and digital media. In the last year Monique has been leading change as a founding member of The Grove innovation collective and the Sydney Commons Lab catalysing team. She is undertaking a PhD at the University of Technology researching resilience and experiential learning for young people.

Her professional background includes roles in youth work, community development, media and education. Monique spent 12 years leading digital media teams and innovation at the ABC and then at UTS as the Acting Director of Innovation and Creative Intelligence. She has been active in a range of community organisations including the Jellyheadz, Black Rose Bookshop, Alfalfa House, CATV, Sydney Park free parties movement and more…

Duncan Wallace

Duncan is a PhD student and Teaching Associate at Monash Law School, where he researches the history and philosophy of corporate legal personality. He has graduate qualifications in economics and law, and his BA was in metaphysics.

He has worked as a co-operative enterprise consultant and for the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, and has tutored in Trusts Law, Property Law and Aboriginal Cultural Studies. He is Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the New Economy Journal, a monthly publication and the official journal of NENA. For fun, he plays soccer for Melbourne University Soccer Club and enjoys novels and films.

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward (aka Wardy) is actively involved with new economy ventures in the following capacities:

  • Director of Incubator Co-op, an incubator for member-owned and controlled businesses.
  • Director of the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia, where he has exposure to reward, debt and equity crowdfunding
  • Director of Hen House Co-op, a venture aimed at closing the gender investment gap
  • Director of Ethical Fields, a consultancy enabling stakeholders to get an actual stake in enterprises

Andrew is excited to join the New Economy Network of Australia (itself a Co-operative) and contribute commercialisation, funding and organisational skills into the mix. He participates in the NENA Participatory Budget Group.

Strategic Directions Group

New nomination – Rhiannon Hardwick

I have Bachelor degrees in both Economics and Political Science & International Relations. Through this education and my experience as a high school Humanities teacher, I have developed a sound understanding of capitalism and how the dominance of this economic ideology is perpetuated by the education system.

I am very interested in how alternative economic systems can be developed through powerful grassroots initiatives to prioritise human wellbeing, heal society’s relationship with the natural world, and challenge Australia’s inherently destructive capitalist economy.

As a volunteer project officer for NENA working in the Coordinating Hub, I am in direct contact with both the sectoral and geographic hubs across the network. In this role I am active in coordinating the hubs’ input to the annual Civil Society Strategy, which will enable me to develop a broad perspective on the co-operative’s desired strategic direction and priorities.

I look forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, the Participatory Budget Group and members to co-create NENA’s vision and strategic direction for a socially just, equitable and ecologically sound world.

Existing members who will be serving a second year on the SDG (elected for 2 years the 2018-2019 AGM)

  • Dr Michelle Maloney
  • Dr Steven Liaros
  • Mark Bremner
  • Andrew Ward

Participatory Budget Group

New nomination – Sonia Randahwa

The Coalition of Everyone is dedicated to building a politics of hope, disrupting the politics of fear that currently dominates politics. I work for the Sortition Foundation, which advocates for randomly selected policy processes and runs selections for these processes; and I am co-convener of the NENA Democracy & Governance Hub. Thus, I am interested in and excited by the burgeoning interest in participatory, deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting is one important facet of this.

While I have no direct experience in this particular aspect, I have been doing quite a lot of research into the processes in Scotland, in Porto Alegre and elsewhere, so bring that theoretical knowledge. Prior to this work, I was awarded a PhD in Asian media history from the University of Melbourne, building on 20 years of advocacy on media democratisation, freedom of expression and freedom of information in Malaysia, which in turn was informed by my earlier work as a journalist. In the latter, I worked most recently for ABC’s Radio Australia, and contributed to community radio station 3CR in Melbourne, producing a nationally broadcast show, Accent of Women.

Current projects that I’m involved in include a citizens’ assembly in Moreland, on the COVID recovery; the Futurenow project, envisioning the future to bridge division; and a citizens’ assembly with Planners Declare for Melbourne Design Week among others.

Aside from these bits and pieces, I have served on the board of feminist media organisation ISIS International for over a decade; I was the deputy president of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) Asia-Pacific; am still a director for the Centre for Independent Journalism in Malaysia; and make my own sour-dough.

Existing members who will be serving a second year on the PBG (elected for 2 years at the 2018-2019 AGM)

  • Michelle Maloney
  • Bronwen Morgan
  • Andrew Ward
  • Monique Potts