“The 2017 ‘Building a New Economy for Australiais being held from 1-3 September 2017 in Brisbane.  The 2017 New Economy Conference will:

  • Bring together hundreds of people and organisations interested in moving beyond the current unjust and unsustainable economic system that currently dominates Australian society
  • Enable people to share, learn, listen, play, and work together to co-create a strong, vibrant economic system that’s fair for all Australians and cares for our precious natural environment
  • Launch a New Economy Network/Coalition for Australia
  • Launch powerful new collective strategies for creating positive social and economic change, to achieve long term, liveable economies that fit within the productive capacity of a healthy environment

We invite all prospective participants to be creative with your proposals. The program will be an exciting mix of sessions, crafted to focus on the conference’s guiding theme: how do we inspire and build a new economy in Australian society?

TOPICS FOR PROPOSALS – can include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous economics – First Nations Peoples initiatives and projects
  • Ecological economics – sustainability, degrowth, ecological limits and the steady state
  • Ecologically focussed local economic initiatives including restoration, rehabilitation and eco-tourism
  • Population issues in the New Economy
  • Consumption, production, sharing, ‘making’, remaking and repairs
  • Distributed manufacturing – re-localised production to support community economies
  • Platform cooperatives, blockchain and community asset sharing
  • Feminism and the new economy
  • Food and food systems in the new economy
  • Law in the new economy – regulation, governance, legal services for the New Economy
  • Diverse forms of ownership – including the commons, cooperatives and community ownership
  • The future of work – labour, unions, work-life balance
  • Money, finance and alternative currencies
  • Energy – community energy, renewable energy, distributed systems
  • Post-extractivism – economics beyond large scale mining and resource extraction
  • Communication about new economies
  • Advocacy, organising and creating social change to build the new economy
  • Subjective experience and the role of our inner life in building a sustainable economy
  • Mapping tools for the new economy
  • Research methods and projects that support the new economy
  • International perspectives and initiatives


  • Academic papers (PhD students and Early Career Researchers are encouraged) – 15 minute presentations
  • Practitioner papers – 15 minute presentations
  • Panel discussions and facilitated workshops – 20 to 50 minutes
  • Problem solving clinics, training, professional development – up to 50 minutes
  • New Economy Lab – propose an experiment to conduct with willing participants (e.g. it could be about currencies / sharing systems, etc.), before, during, or after the conference, and use a 50 min conference session to review it or start it
  • New Economy Change Projects – 50 minute sessions for those who want to propose specific social change projects and who intend to continue these projects after the conference (and stay connected to the New Economy Network)
  • Discussion groups, arts projects, debates, working group meetings – 50 minutes
  • Facilitated games – 30 to 50 minutes
  • Short performances, creative interludes or interventions – 5 to 10 minutes
  • Posters



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