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2021 - Webinars & Workshops

Pluriversal Visions of Quality of Life

Date: Friday, August 27, 2021

Time: 11:30am - 1pm AEST

Location: Online (Zoom)

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Reimagining 'Quality of Life' and 'Social Wellbeing'

Webinar 3 - 'Pluriversal Visions of Quality of Life'

Join us for the third in a series of workshops about redefining 'wellbeing', hosted by NENA and the University of Newcastle.

Guest speakers:

  • Adjunct Professor Victoria-Grieve Williams - "Everywhen: Autonomy, Altruism and Living Well"
  • A/Prof. Sara Motta - “Democracy (M)otherwise: Enfleshments from the Margins of Modernity”
  • Prof . Ashish Kothari - “Ecoswaraj: a Radical Ecological Democracy Towards Justice and Sustainability”

Please click here for more information and to register for the event.

See below for past webinars in 2021

2021 - Past Webinars

NENA Youth Hub: Purpose Lab

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Time: 4pm - 5pm AEST

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Youth Hub Purpose Lab

Join NENA’s Youth Hub for a presentation and interactive ‘Purpose Lab’, followed by a Q&A session


The NENA Youth Hub is hosting its very first event for everyone who teaches, works with, mentors, supports, or is, 13-21 years old.

Now more than ever we need our young people to feel excited and optimistic about their potential, and their future. Unfortunately, with challenges such as climate change, COVID, housing unaffordability and employment and financial inequities, young people often struggle to find their way.

Purpose Labs empower young people to find their purpose, uncover their potential and explore new possibilities. They can reduce anxiety by helping people gain clarity of purpose and experiment with new projects.

Purpose help young people tap into what they’re good at, what you love, what the world needs and how to make a living from it. When these four things collide, anything is possible and opportunity is everywhere.


Carolyn Tate, Purpose Educator and author of The Purpose Project

Tahlia Sadler has been pursuing her purpose since the age of 12 after completing a Talk on Purpose course in 2016. In 2020 she completed her final year of high school at Templestowe College and is now at university. She’ll share her story and experiences of how she found her purpose and why it’s so important for young people today.

Who is this webinar for? Young people (aged 13+), Parents, Principals, Coordinators, Deputy Principals, Careers Advisers, Teachers, Youth Community Leaders, Youth Mentors – and anyone who supports or works with young people.
What is a Purpose Lab? This webinar will include an introductory session to Purpose Labs; a nine-week series of classes that empowers students to explore their purpose, design a project and turn it into action with the support of a mentor and peers.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/.../nena-youth-hub-purpose...

Indigenous Perspectives About Quality of Life

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Time: 4pm - 5:30pm (AEST)

NENA and UON Workshops

Research Jam

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Time: 2 - 4pm (AEST)

Location: Online

NENA Research Jam

Join researchers as they share work that supports the wellbeing economy.

NENA's Research Hub will be facilitating two sessions:

Session 1: Thursday 24th of June, 2 - 4pm (AEST)
Showcasing research on the wellbeing economy

Session 2: Friday 25th of June, 10am - 2pm (AEST)
Finding ways for researchers to collaborate

Session 1

Rethinking Wellbeing

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Time: 12:30 - 2pm AEST

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Reimagining 'Quality of Life' and 'Social Wellbeing'

Webinar 1 - 'Rethinking Wellbeing'

Join us for the first in a series of workshops about redefining 'wellbeing', hosted by NENA and the University of Newcastle.

Guest speakers:

  • Dr Michelle Maloney (NENA) - "Are wellbeing economics a viable alternative to capitalism?"
  • Dr Hamed Hosseini (UON) - “From Wellbeing to Well-Living: On the urgency of an inclusive approach to Quality of Life”
  • Ms Shelley McGrath (UON) - “Reimagining social change through connection”

Please click here for more information and to register for the event.

NENA Housing Week

Start date: Monday, June 7, 2021

End date: Friday, June 11, 2021

Time: 12 noon Monday - 4pm Friday (AEST)

Location: Online

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View the NENA Housing Week program here

How can we ensure affordable, safe and sustainable housing for everyone in Australia?

Join us for a week of discussions about housing and human settlements, hosted by the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) and Co-Housing Australia.



** Monday 7th to Friday 11th June 2021

** Lunchtimes (12noon to 1.30pm AEST)

** Evenings (6pm to 7.30pm)





Join us for NENA's 2021 Housing Week, from 7-11 June. Hear from practitioners and researchers, from dozens of organisations, who are coming together to discuss the social justice and environmental sustainability issues of housing and human settlements in Australia.

NENA Housing Week will feature lunchtime and evening ONLINE seminars (Mon 7th to Thurs 10th), which will culminate in an online round table discussion (Friday 11th June) discussing the availability, affordability, design and sustainability of Australia's housing and human settlements.

One of the goals of the Housing Roundtable discussion will be to identify key actions to include in NENA's Civil Society Strategy for a Wellbeing Economy.



* An overview of the housing crisis in Australia and its social justice implications

* An overview of the impact of housing and human settlements on Australia's ecosystems, biodiversity and bioregional health

* A deeper dive into the housing crisis – the foundations of Australian property law, capitalism, colonisation and notions of future value

* Success and failure - responding to Indigenous housing needs, rising homelessness, crisis accommodation, transition housing

* Caring for our most vulnerable – aged care, families, women, people with disabilities - across Indigenous and non-indigenous communities

* Positive responses - Indigenous peoples creating their own housing solutions, community housing, tiny/micro housing, co-living

* Sustainable responses - understanding the impacts of human settlements on the living world; rethinking urban, regional and rural housing developments, ecovillages and sustainable housing

* Innovative financing and investment for housing and human settlements in Australia



Please email: nena@neweconomy.org.au

Basic Income (UBI) and the Regenerative Economy

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 12-1:30pm AEST

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Basic Income and the Regenerative Economy

Join NENA's UBI Hub for a discussion about implementing a basic income plan in Australia


The webinar will involve three short presentations followed by a Q&A session

Following the long period of disruption caused by the pandemic, the idea of a regenerative economy means different things to different people. While some look for a return to “normal", or business as usual, this panel is concerned with how Basic Income may form one of the fundamentals of an economy that is regenerative in a larger ecological sense.

How can basic income help to transform the future of work and alter the way we do business?

How have public attitudes to Basic Income changed during the past 18 months, especially since the Biden administration is bringing a very different sense of priorities to economic policy in the US?

What are the key policy challenges we face in trying to implement a basic income plan in Australia?


Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is an Emeritus Professor with the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. She has a diverse track record as a writer and commentator on the history and politics of cultural change. She writes regularly for Inside Story.

Josh McGee

Josh McGee is the founder and convenor of Basic Income Australia. The group has been running for four years and hosts monthly Basic Income discussion and action meetings.

He is currently studying a double degree of Robotics Engineering and Computer Science and has an interest in using automation to meet people's needs.

Loriana Luccioni

Loriana Luccioni is a PhD student at The University of Queensland. She is close to completing her dissertation on the cultural feasibility for the implementation of a Universal Basic Income in Australia. This study findings and conclusions will be the topic of her presentation. She completed degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and a Master in European and Comparative Social Policy at the LSE, where her dissertation on Discourse and the construction of Human Needs in Social Policies, was awarded the 2013 Titmuss Prize. Following a brief collaboration as independent researcher with the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University, she has been involved in UBI activism and advocacy in Australia since 2017.

Net Zero Precincts: Experimentation to Accelerate Decarbonisation

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Time: 12 - 1pm (AEST)

Location: Online

Cities and Urban Communities
Join the Cities & Urban Communities Hub for two presentations followed by a Q&A session

Presentation 1 -
Experimentation to accelerate decarbonisation

Experimentation through urban living labs brings together academic, government, civil society and private sector actors to trial alternative city futures, transition governance approaches and new modes of sustainable urban development.

Net Zero Precincts is a 4-year ARC Linkage project that is leveraging Monash University's Clayton Campus and the Monash Technology Precinct as a living lab to undertake experiments in net zero energy, mobility and the built environment to accelerate precinct-scale decarbonisation.

In this presentation Dr Darren Sharp will provide an overview of the Net Zero Precincts project, and discuss some emerging opportunities and challenges of net zero transformation at precinct scale.

See Net-Zero Precincts presentation slides here

Speaker Bio

Dr Darren Sharp is a Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute where he is Research Coordinator of the ARC Linkage project Net Zero Precincts: an interdisciplinary approach to decarbonising cities. Darren is a sustainability transitions researcher interested in urban experimentation, living labs, multi-stakeholder governance, grassroots innovations, and the sharing economy. His research speaks to the possibilities of social learning, institutional arrangements, community agency, and new urban imaginaries to drive the transformation of cities towards sustainability.

Presentation 2 - The example of Circular Economy Villages

Circular Economy Villages (CEVs) seek to illustrate how a zero waste and zero carbon precinct could be designed for new developments in rural areas, aiming to move beyond zero and have a net positive impact on the land.

Each village is being planned to house a diverse community of up to 200 people, integrating affordable co-working and co-living spaces with water and energy micro-grids and a regenerative agricultural system. A network of CEVs would strive towards self-sufficiency by collaborating and localising the economy within a bioregion.

Steven Liaros' presentation will outline this development model and provide the current implementation status.

See Circular Economy Villages presentation slides here

Speaker Bio

Steven Liaros is a strategic town planner and author of ‘Rethinking the City’. He is interested in how the internet and other new technologies, together with circular economy and sharing economy business models, are reshaping cities. Steven has qualifications in Civil Engineering, Town Planning and Environmental Law.

Doughnut Economics & Regen Melbourne

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021

Time: 12 - 1:30pm (AEST)

Location: Online

Regen Melbourne & Doughnut Economics
Regen Melbourne invites NENA members to join a roundtable discussion about the localisation of Doughnut Economics to Melbourne

Hosted by Michelle Maloney (NENA) & Kaj Lofgren (Regen Melbourne)


Regen Melbourne is a network of of organisations and individuals exploring new economic models for a post-COVID Melbourne. Their first project considers how the Doughnut Economics model can be applied to the city’s local context.

Regen Melbourne has conducted a series of interviews with leaders across Melbourne, as well as community workshops across five key themes, defined by the Doughnut Economics model:

  1. A Healthy Melbourne
  2. A Connected Melbourne
  3. An Enabled Melbourne
  4. An Empowered Melbourne
  5. An Ecologically Healthy Melbourne

During this virtual roundtable, the hosts will present on the Doughnut Economics framework and the preliminary insights from the community research.

Following this will be an opportunity for discussion around the model and Regen Melbourne’s research, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for augmenting the model for Melbourne’s unique context.

This discussion will inform the final insights report to be presented to City of Melbourne and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation at the end of April.

2020 - Webinars

What is the State of the Arts in the New Economy?

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Time: 8pm (AEDT)

Location: Online


Join NENA's Arts & Culture Hub for a panel discussion with creative entrepreneurs who will discuss their cutting edge cross-disciplinary projects connecting business, local, state government & non-government organisations & schools.

We will explore how artists are now working to de-silo Arts & Culture with whole systems sensory critical thinking processes for creating solutions to our ecological, economic and cultural crises.

Australia’s First Large-Scale Solar Garden

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Time: 6pm - 7:30pm (AEST)

Location: Online

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Join NENA's Energy Hub, for an exciting discussion about Australia’s first large scale Solar Garden.

For more information about this webinar, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Citizens Assemblies in the New Economy

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Time: 18:00 AEST

Location: Online

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For more information about this webinar, visit the facebook event page

Protecting and Nurturing our Affected Commons

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Time: 6pm (AEST)

Location: Online


Join us for a discussion about the 'invisible commons', created by the processes of people working together.


  • Dr. Jose Ramos


  • Dr. Julian Waters-Lynch
  • Laurel Freeland
  • Dr. Bernhard Resch

New Economy Builders #7 – Galactic Cooperative

Date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Time: 11.30am Perth time (1.30pm AEST)

Location: Online


More democratic organisations such as cooperatives are important building blocks for the new economy movement.

In our next NE Builders session we'll hear from Kate Biondo from Galactic® Co-operative - a WA-based, socially responsible, worker-owned technology business which provides advanced technical expertise across multiple industries.

Hosted by the NENA Perth Hub

A Commons Response to the Pandemic

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Time: 6pm (AEST)

Location: Online


Join us for an important discussion about how supporting the commons can strengthen community responses to the pandemic.

Arts & Culture in the New Economy

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Time: 6pm (AEST)

Location: Online


It's time for a new vision and narrative for Arts & Culture in Australia - and NENA can play a part in building this new narrative, and strengthening the arts sector for the benefit of our society and all creatives.



The New Economy Network of Australia”s Arts & Culture Hub is an opportunity for arts and cultural workers to support each other in growing new models of cultural work in cross discipline, intercultural innovative enterprises. Join us and share your experience, vision and skills.

Communicating about the New Economy

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Narratives workshop

NENA Narrative Hub co-convenors, Chris Riedy and Michelle Maloney, will facilitate a discussion about how we can most effectively communicate about the new economy in Australia.

Localisation – international lessons for Australia


Guest speaker:

Helena Norberg Hodge, Local Futures/Economics of Happiness, in conversation with Dr Michelle Maloney, Co-Founder of NENA

2019 Webinars

Post-extractivism: how do we move beyond mining?

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Time: 6 - 8pm (AEST)

Location: Online (via Zoom)

co-hosted with International Network 'Yes to Life, No to Mining'


“Green New Deal” and its relevance in Australia

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Time: 6 - 8pm (AEST)

Location: Online (via Zoom)


Tim Hollo, Green Institute and Prof. Bronwen Morgan, UNSW.


What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and how can we get involved?

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Time: 6 - 8pm (AEST)

Location: Online (via Zoom)


  • Joel Orchard, CSA Australia New Zealand and Future Farmers
  • Randal Breen, Farmer/Owner, Echo Valley Farm, Goomburra Valley QLD


Visit NENA's Food Hub

An update from the International Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WeALL)

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Time: 6 - 7pm (AEST)

Speakers: Katherine Trebeck will give an introduction to the origins of WeALL, its current activities and its vision for a socially just economic future.  Katherine and Michelle Maloney (NENA Director) will then discuss ways that NENA members can get involved in WeALL.

2018 Webinars