The face of the local economy movement is evolving and so is BALLE – the 2013 BALLE Local Economy Fellowship is comprised of food justice leaders, independent business conveners, and community capital innovators, each of whom is creating systems that promote real prosperity by localizing their economy. Together they will grow their personal leadership skills, advance their regions’ capacity to localize, and help transform the local economy movement for all of us. This is the next generation of leadership in the BALLE Local Economy Fellowship.
Individually these leaders are transforming their communities and their industries; together, there are no boundaries to the impact they will have on our work, our communities, and our movement. This next group of innovators also brings into clear focus BALLE’s commitment to prosperity for ALL and a commitment to ensuring that all populations are brought into the fold of Localism, not just those in the center. These sixteen new Fellows are localizing food systems, reversing long-term unemployment trends, and transitioning the workforce toward new economy jobs in communities from Detroit to Vancouver to Oakland to Appalachia.