New Economy Northern Arizona (NENAU)
New Economy Northern Arizona (NENAU) is an attempt to re-imagine and bring about a more equitable economic reality. Our intent is to revive the work of previous local efforts and initiatives such as Local FARE and engage with others in Northern Arizona and the Southwest and serve as a network uniting organizations and individuals in our region who share our vision of an equitable, sustainable, and resilient future built on a vibrant local economy. NENAU is a student organization that was founded to investigate sustainable entrepreneurship practice and economic business development. This organization focuses on building skills around grassroots business start ups, illuminating the importance of diverse economic business structures, creating relational meetings with other NAU students and community members, and tackling economic issues faced in and around Northern Arizona University. Members of the organization will be involved in working with local business incubators, gaining internship experience, generating funding sources, and building leadership skills through mentorship. Members will practice the skills of community networking, market analysis, creating social and environmental capital as equal to money capital, and continue the goals and principles found in contemporary cooperative business institutions. NENAU members will be able to use this experience to improve their resumes and to network with other community members in the hopes of being part of new and innovative economic projects located in northern Arizona.
Students from the Master of Arts Program in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University (NAU) are organizing, running, and leading the NENA efforts. New Economy Northern Arizona University (NENAU), an action/research team part of a broader effort of NAU CRAFTS (Community reengagement for Arizona Families, Transitions, and Sustainability) has also been launched.
NENAU aims to be a catalyst for change, a collaborator across the political spectrum, and a visionary for a better tomorrow dedicated to the establishment of a more equitable and resilient future for the people, the planet, and business. We work toward these goals with engaged pedagogical practice, cultivating creative thinking, harnessing the power of immersion, and fostering mentorship. NENAU provides opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate students to collaborate together and network with NAU, Flagstaff, and Northern Arizona community members by creating open spaces for discussing and implementing initiatives for alternative economies meant to create socially, economically, and environmentally resilient communities.
Mission of Team:
The Mission of the NENAU is to promote entrepreneurship in sustainable enterprise; to study, practice, and promote a culture of cooperation; and to work towards a new economic reality. NENAU is committed to studying theories of new economic visions and also the practices of cooperation, entrepreneurship, and building community, both on campus and in the communities of Northern Arizona. For NENAU, the action/research of studying new economic theories of sustainable and cooperative enterprise is coupled with the goals to produce viable enterprise, assist others in the establishment of cooperatives and other businesses, and working as a community to meet our needs through sustainable and equitable enterprise.
Making its coming-out this spring, NENAU was born in the understanding that in order to make the necessary changes to our economic system to achieve sustainability we must present economic solutions. The ART will be partnering with “THE BUSINESS OF CHANGE” First Year Seminar, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET), Sustainable Economic Development Initiative of Northern Arizona (SEDI), the new Upsilon Chi (YX) Coed Entrepreneurship Fraternity at NAU, and the New Economic Institute (NEI), a national network working toward building a new economy with a focus on students and youth.
This May, NENAU, in partnership with NEI, is hosting the summit Catalyze the Commonwealth: Cooperative Economics, Sustainability, and Civic Engagement, which brings together folks from the Southwest to work on building a new economy, focusing on networks at three levels: local (Arizona), regional (Southwest), and national.
Facilitator/Leader Names: Kevin Ordean, Matthew Laessig, David Porinchok, Allison Baker, Andrew Zacarias, Jeff Hawkinson, Sam Warren
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