Building a New Economy for Western Australia - Two Day Symposium

Seminars and Development (staff)

24th August 2018 - 25th August 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Perth CBD and Murdoch University Campus, South Street - see for more details
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The Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability (Murdoch University), along with The New Economy Network Australia (NENA), Enkel and Friends of the Earth Perth invite you to join in 'Building a New Economy for Western Australia - Two Day Symposium' on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August 2018. Learn more about the emergence of a 'New Economy' which looks to challenge the current dominant economic system in order to achieve ecological health and social justice.

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.


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