Newcastle Workshop 2019

Strengthening Our Local Economy,
Supporting Community and Country

A New Economy Workshop and “Mapjam” - Saturday 13 July, 9.30am to 5.00pm
Charlestown Library (Corner Smith and Ridley St, Charlestown NSW 2290)


In July 2019, we brought people together from Mulubinba-Newcastle, Central Coast and the Hunter Region, to discuss and share exciting new opportunities for local communities to build sustainable and socially just economies.

This workshop brought together community groups, local businesses, social enterprises, cooperatives and researchers in sectors as diverse as tourism, food production, the arts, Indigenous business, renewable energy, health care, housing, and land restoration/management. It featured visitors and guest speakers who shared updates about exciting new initiatives around Australia and the world.

There were also open-mic discussions and a ‘Mapjam’ exercise, where everyone who’s engaged in the new economy could promote themselves on NENA’s Directory and become part of the mapping project aimed at helping people find each other and collaborate locally, regionally and across Australia.

cover image: Tim J Keegan / Flickr


NENA Newcastle Workshop and MapJam

Saturday 13th July 2019, 9.30am to 5pm

Time Title of Presentation or Workshop
9.30Acknowledgement/Welcome to Country
Opening and welcomeMeaghan Burkett, Sidsel Grimstad, Hamed Hosseini – NENA Newcastle Hub
9.40Building an economy for people and planet:
the New Economy Network Australia*
Michelle Maloney, Director, New Economy Network Australia
10.00Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation presentation and workshop



Jessica Wegener Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan Mayi Director Firesticks Alliance &

Deb Swan Ngarrindjeri Director Firesticks Alliance


10.30Open-mic session – All participants are invited to share a 1-2 minute introduction of themselves and their New Economy organisation, project or initiative, with all participants in this plenary sessionFacilitated by Sara Motta, University of Newcastle
11.00Morning tea (20 mins) 
11.20Global Lessons for the Hunter Transition*Michael Askew, University of Newcastle
11.40Local and sustainable food*


Lauren Branson, Your Food Collective
12.00People and culture

City Promotion through Cultural Participation*

Christopher Saunders, former CEO Renew Newcastle
12.20Building enterprises together – creating cooperatives*Sidsel Grimstad, University of Newcastle and Andrew Wardy, Coop Incubator
12.40Socially Equitable Housing*Professor David Adamson, Knowledge Manager Compass Housing Services
1.00Lunch – light lunch provided (40 mins) 
1.40Energy and environment

The reuse and repair economy*

Matt Allen, Zero Waste Network Australia
2.00Transitioning to a post-coal economy*Jo Lynch, Hunter Community Environment Centre
2.20Newcastle Climate Change Response & Social Justice*Robyn Charleton, Newcastle Climate Change Response
2.40Community based carbon offsets*Seth Williams, MySequester

1.Research to support communities in the new economy: priorities, gaps and new ways forward


Led by Hamed Hosseini, University of Newcastle and Michelle Maloney, NENA

 2.Why Macroeconomic Policy is crucial: a modern monetary theory perspectiveJames Juniper, Centre for Full Employment and Equity
3.30Afternoon tea (20 mins) 
3.50Inner Dimensions of the New Economy *Patricia Morgan, The Contemplative Academy
4.10NENA MapJam exercise – participants will work together, and with NENA members, to upload information about their enterprise or project into the NENA National Map, to share their initiatives and build a profile of the new economy in Newcastle/Hunter region.Facilitated by Michelle Maloney, with assistance from Mark Bremner and Meaghan Burkett, NENA
4.40-4.50Summary of the day, next steps and ‘official launch’ of NENA Newcastle HubMeaghan Burkett and Michelle Maloney
5.30/6pmDinner at a local restaurant for people who’d like to go out together


*All talks marked with asterisk are 15 min talks + 5 mins questions