In late 2015, Professor Bronwen Morgan (UNSW) and Dr Michelle Maloney (Australian Earth Laws Alliance) began planning a new economy conference for Sydney, in August 2016. Please click here to visit the 2016 Conference website, which was titled ‘Building the New Economy: Activism, Enterprise and Social Change’.

In the lead up to the event, and in sessions on the second day of the conference, work was done to begin a conversation about creating a new economy coalition or network in Australia.  At the conclusion of the 2016 Conference, the participants (around 130 people) agreed that they would continue the work started at the 2016 conference; create working groups around themes and issues relevant to the broader new economy movement and meet again in 2017, to launch a network or group that will strengthen and support the new economy.

At the 2017 Conference in Brisbane, NENA – the New Economy Network Australia – was officially launched.  In 2018, an Annual Conference is being organised for Melbourne (19-21 October), Regional Hubs have been created in North Queensland and East Gippsland, regional events are being held in North Queensland and Perth, the governance structures for NENA are being finalised, and the first NENA elections will be held at the October Annual Conference.

For more information, please email: nena@neweconomy.org.au

NENA is facilitated and auspiced by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA). Please click here to find out more about AELA’s awesome work