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4th Annual New Economy Network Australia (NENA) Conference,
Auspiced by the Enkel Collective, to be held in Perth October 4-7, 2019

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Perth, Western Australia, Tuesday, 7 April 2019:

New Economy Network Australia (NENA) and the Enkel Collective have announced their collaboration to bring NENA 2019, the 4th Annual NENA conference, to Perth, Western Australia.

Previous NENA conferences have been held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The Perth Conference is being hosted from Friday night 4th October until lunchtime Monday 7th October.

The event is being auspiced by Enkel and will be held at the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia, on campus at the UWA Business School.

The overarching focus for the new economy conference is “Beyond Paradigms,” which considers that meeting the unique and urgent challenges facing humanity in the 21st century calls for new approaches, an openness to exploring worldviews other than our own, clarity in our communications, collaboration, and practical ways to navigate the ever-increasing complexity of our times.

“Our focus at Enkel is future-positive,”  says Adam Jorlen, founder of the Enkel Collective. “We gather people who are doing extraordinary work across various fields, cross-pollinating the innovative approaches that will help us transition to a new and better world. NENA shares this orientation with us, with the New Economy as the framework for change. We’re absolutely delighted to be collaborating with them to auspice this conference in Western Australia. Together, we are looking forward to inspiring, connecting and supporting the changemaking community this October.”

The conference’s major themes include Brilliant Cities, Positive Futures, Converging Technologies, and Full-Spectrum Wellbeing; the event format is designed to be highly engaging, conversational and interactive. Youth perspectives and the local impact of our global interconnectedness will be featured.

Michelle Maloney, Co-Founder & Director of NENA, says, “We’re excited to work with Enkel to bring the NENA Annual Conference to Perth, and we look forward to reconnecting with existing NENA members and learning about new initiatives and networks in Western Australia.”

The official Call for Facilitation and Participation for NENA 2019 will be announced shortly.

Early supporters and partners for NENA 2019 in Perth also include the Perth Convention Bureau and Maar Koodjal.

“Maar Koodjal welcomes the opportunity to bring the voice of First Nations people to the movement for a new economy in Australia,” says Dennis Simmons, CEO of the aboriginal organisation.  “We must together make urgent progress towards a participative economy that provides a fair go for all people and for our precious Nyoongar Boodjar.”


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.

Contact: Michelle Maloney <nena [at]>

The Enkel Collective is a co-operative that actively explores the frontiers of the future. Enkel’s work fosters development of innovative entrepreneurial and social ecosystems that accelerate the positive transformation of people and society. “Enkel” is the Swedish word for “simple.”

Contact: Adam Jorlen <hello [at]>

The Centre for Social Impact is a catalyst for positive social change. CSI works with people, communities and organisations to grow their capabilities through research, education, and leadership development.

Contact: Paul Flatau <paul.flatau [at]>

Maar Koodjal (Two-Hands) is an Aboriginal-owned and -operated consultancy specialising in cultural awareness, experiential education, cultural immersion and mentoring.

Contact: Dennis Simmons <dennis.simmons [at]>

The Perth Convention Bureau is funded by the West Australian Government through Tourism WA and by the City of Perth; it drives the business events sector in Perth and Western Australia by securing large, high-yield NFP conference events and marketing the City and State as a premium business events destination.

Contact: Mitchel McCuish <mmcuish [at]>

For inquiries about NENA 2019, contact <conference [at]>

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