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Friends of the Earth Perth, Enkel, and the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability (Murdoch University) are pleased to be partnering with the New Economy Network of Australia, to present the very first:

“Building a New Economy for Western Australia”  a two day symposium on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018. 

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As is abundantly clear, the efficacy of our work to protect ecosystems and in seeking social and economic justice for all is directly compromised by the underlying economic foundations that continue to shape and define our world.

In a search for alternatives that go beyond continuing to simply address symptoms, a growing number of theoretical models, frameworks, potential solutions, narratives and social movements have emerged around the world and here in Australia. From the “Real” Sharing Economy, Collaborative Economy, Solidarity Economy through to Doughnut Economics there is a “New Economy” movement emerging that share two key goals;

  • to challenge the current dominant economic system, with its reliance on fossil fuels, large scale resource extraction and socially unjust structures and wealth distribution, and
  • to create and strengthen economic systems that serve the needs of people in ways that are ecologically sustainable, socially just and culturally diverse.

The 2018 “Building a New Economy for Western Australia”  Symposium is being developed with the following objectives:

  • Networking/Community building – Bring all the people and organisations working in this ‘New Economy’  space together to meet each other and develop strong relationships.
  • Connect the dots between existing initiatives – remember an economy is really about looking after the wellbeing of everyone; no initiative has all the answers, their approach is simply one of many. Rather than competing with business as usual and between ourselves we need to find common ground on how we approach our collective challenges.
  • A precursor to the 2019 national New Economy Conference – following on from events in Sydney (2016), Brisbane (2017), Melbourne (later in 2018) discussions are being held with NENA to run the 2019 conference in Perth. As such this year’s event aims to build interest and act as a testbed for ideas.

We have some amazing experienced speakers, well established national leaders and thinkers in this space who will be joining us (see symposium outline for details) but we are equally excited to have *YOUR* contribution.  The entire Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to sharing stories of resilience and hope from local people, groups and initiatives.

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Please send us your proposals by Friday 13th July.  If you have any queries please call Karun Cowper on 0420714427 or email to karun.cowper@foe.org.au.

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Building a New Economy for Western Australia – Two Day Symposium

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018

Tickets – $50 waged $25 concession

Western Australia is blessed with bountiful natural resources and a wealth of human talent. But the model on which our society is based is intrinsically unstable, resulting in booms and busts, degradation of natural resources, uncertainty of business and employment, and concerns about social justice. Time and time again, our faith is placed in the latest short-term ‘silver bullet’: a new resources boom, a new infrastructure project, a drive for more technological innovation. But too often such proposals come at an interconnected economic, social and environmental cost.

Fortunately, there is a growing awareness across Australia and internationally that can see that ‘more of the same’ is not the answer. Unfortunately, more often than not, we still work in a siloed fashion, believing that our approach to creating new, diverse economies and better ways for our society to live, work, play and care for the environment is the best.

However there is a new movement emerging for a ‘New Economy’ working to transform Australia’s economic system so that achieving ecological health and social justice are the foundational principles and primary objectives. Many different movements have emerged around the world focused on the concept of a ‘New Economy’. Although they use different labels, such as the Social Economy, Solidarity Economy, Sharing Economy, Collaborative Economy, Steady State Economy and Community Economy, they all share two key goals: (i) to challenge the current dominant economic system, with its reliance on fossil fuels, large scale resource extraction and socially unjust structures and wealth distribution, and (ii) to create and strengthen economic systems that serve the needs of people in ways that are ecologically sustainable, socially just and culturally diverse.

Therefore the 2018 “Building a New Economy for Western Australia” Symposium is being developed with the following objectives:

  1. Networking/Community building – Bring all the people and organisations working in this ‘New Economy’ space together to meet each other and develop strong relationships.
  2. Connect the dots between existing initiatives – remember an economy is really about looking after the wellbeing of everyone; no initiative has all the answers, their approach is simply one of many. Rather than competing with business as usual and between ourselves we need to find common ground on how we approach our collective challenges.
  3. A precursor to the 2019 national New Economy Conference – following on from events in Sydney (2016), Brisbane (2017), Melbourne (later in 2018) discussions are being held with NENA (see below) to run the 2019 instalment in Perth. As such this year’s event aims to build interest and act as a testbed for ideas.

Assisting local people in hosting the conference are the following national leaders in the New Economy movement who will be delivering keynote speeches:

  • Dr. Michelle Maloney is a lawyer, activist and co-founder of the New Economy Network of Australia and co-founder/director of Australian Earth Laws Alliance. She is the former Chairperson of the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland and Executive Committee member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Michelle is passionate about building Earth centred law, governance and ethics and ensuring new economic initiatives are anchored to Earth centred values. Michelle holds degrees in law and politics from ANU and a PhD in law from Griffith University.
  • Dr. José Ramos is a researcher of and advocate for commons based social change. His focus is on supporting anticipatory design and social innovation through his practice Action Foresight and through a number of high impact projects. He is senior consulting editor for the Journal of Future Studies, and writes widely on cultural, political and economic issues.
  • Dr. Amanda Cahill is the CEO of The Next Economy. Originally trained in anthropology, she has spent over two decades working with communities across Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop more equitable and sustainable local economies. Over the last few years she has been working with coal and gas affected communities in Australia to develop economic transition plans that will move Australia closer to zero emissions while strengthening local economies. Amanda has a PhD in Human Geography from the Australian National University, an Adjunct Lecturer position at the University of Queensland and was on the founding committee of the New Economy Network of Australia.
  • Dr. Martin Brueckner is a senior lecturer at Murdoch University who over the last fourteen years has worked in a variety of teaching and research capacities across different disciplines and universities with a focus on sustainability with a social and natural justice lens. He is co-founder and co-director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability – a multidisciplinary hub for teaching and research that endeavours to shape new thinking and practice on key aspects of responsible citizenship.

The format for the event is as follows (full programme TBA):

  • Friday 24th August 6pm to 9pm at The Platform Perth, Adelaide Terrace, Perth
    • Welcome to country
    • Introduction to the New Economy Network of Australia from co-founder Dr Michelle Maloney
    • Dinner, drinks, festivities, mingling
  • Saturday 24th August
    • 9am to 12pmKim Beazley Lecture Theatre – Murdoch University
      • 3 Keynotes 3 X 30 mins – Dr Jose Ramos, Dr Amanda Cahill, Dr Martin Brueckner
      • Workshops / Panels 1 – Local people and initiatives briefly present their model/initiatives reflecting on its strengths and weaknesses.
    • 12pm-1pm – lunch break
    • 1pm to 4pmLearning Link Building – Murdoch University
      • Workshops / Panels / Breakout presentations – finding synergies/crossovers between local New Economy initiatives.
      • Wrap up and next steps
    • 4pm to 7pm – Drinks and snacks
    • After 7pm – Party! (details TBA)

The New Economy Network Australia (NENA) – an emerging 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.

Enkel – creating a new generation of changemakers in Western Australia.

Friends of the Earth Perth – local member group of Friends of the Earth Australia (FoE) working for a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable future.

Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability (Murdoch University) – a multidisciplinary hub for teaching and research that endeavours to shape new thinking and practice around three core streams: capacity development, sustainability, nonprofit management and leadership.

Contact

Karun Cowper – karun.cowper@foe.org.au
Andy Thomson – andrew.thomson@enkel.co
Adam Jorlen – adam.jorlen@gmail.com