Building a Wellbeing Economy 2021

Foundations for Learning and Practice

Co-hosted by NENA and Yunus Centre, Griffith University
28 April to 16 June 2021 – weekly evening classes (Wednesday nights)


  • 28 April to 16 June 2021
  • 8 week course – live classes Wednesday nights, from 6pm to 8pm AEST
  • Cost per person
    • $495 (plus GST) – per person, for corporates, government and large not-for-profit organisations
    • $295 (plus GST) – per person, for small not-for-profits and grassroots community organisations
  • Online course via Griffith University’s Microsoft Teams platform
  • Digital Badge from Griffith University


What to expect
  • An introduction to wellbeing and new economies concepts, principles and practices
  • Practice based learning that you can apply to your own context
  • Collaboration and reflection with a cohort of passionate people committed to building a new economy


Topics covered:
  • 28 April 2021: Different schools of economic thought - neoclassical economics, steady state/ecological economics, Indigenous economics, doughnut economics
  • 5 May 2021: Social justice, decolonisation, equity and law
  • 12 May 2021: Ownership, property, commoning and cooperatives
  • 19 May 2021: Energy – fossil fuels, renewable, demand and efficiency
  • 26 May 2021: Housing – affordability, availability, sustainability
  • 2 June 2021: Food – systems change and sustainable agriculture
  • 9 June 2021: Work – including universal basic income & workers cooperatives
  • 16 June 2021: Creating systems change + conclusions and course wrap up


Guest speakers include:
  • Dr Ingrid Burkett, Yunus Centre, Griffith University
  • Associate Professor Louise Crabtree, University of Western Sydney
  • Morag Gamble, Permaculture Education Institute
  • April Crawford-Smith, Pingala Energy
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Mary Graham, Kombumerri First Nations person and University of Queensland
  • Tim Hollo, Green Institute
  • Loriana Luccioni, University of Queensland
  • Antony McMullen, Cooperatives expert
  • Dr Joanne McNeill, Yunus Centre, Griffith University
  • Professor Brendan Mackey, Griffith Climate Action Beacon
  • Dr Michelle Maloney, Australian Earth Laws Alliance
  • Professor Bronwen Morgan, UNSW
  • Joel Orchard, Future Feeders
  • Professor Yin Paradies, Deakin University
  • Elena Pereya, Co-Housing Australia
  • Dr Nick Rose, Sustain
  • Dr Jose Ramos, Action Foresight
  • Felicity Stening, Enova Energy
  • Haydn Washington, Adjunct Lecturer, PANGEA Research Centre, BEES, UNSW
  • Ross Williams, Future Dreaming


Facilitated by:
  • Dr Michelle Maloney, New Economy Network Australia (NENA) and Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)
  • Dr Joanne McNeill, Yunus Centre, Griffith University


Course Details

This course will offer a 2 hour ‘live’ class each week, for 8 weeks, on a Wednesday night, from 6pm AEST (starting Wed 28 April and finishing Wed 16 June 2021).

Each class will include a number of expert speakers, with discussions facilitated by the course hosts.

Participants will be provided with 30-60 minutes of reading, viewing and listening material, to help you prepare for each week's class.

Practical case studies and examples will be discussed each week, to enable participants to connect theory with practice.


For all inquiries about the course, please email: