Prosperity For All | June 11-13 | Oakland, CA

BALLE Conference

12th Annual BALLE Conference

Prosperity For All, the 2014 BALLE Conference is headed to vibrant Oakland, CA.  This year, we will focus on six key conversations that are emerging as among the most important happenings in Localism. Our conference is THE place for local economy leaders to dive more deeply than ever before into the most energized issues in the Localist movement today. Together we will explore the challenges, emerging trends, opportunities and ways to rebuild our economic system in these critical areas:

The conference theme - Prosperity for All – the ability for everyone to benefit from a just and healthy local economy – is also core to BALLE's mission. This conference will be a forum for advancing economic justice and inclusiveness in the communities we work with and in the stories we tell and we recognize that there will be no new economy without a living and breathing heart of justice at its center. 

There are still exciting opportunities to support this unique annual event. Learn more about becoming a sponsor of the annual BALLE Conference, and download the 2014 Conference Sponsor Packet. Browse our current sponsors

Why Attend?

We are better TOGETHER.  We know the work you do is transformative. And, it’s not easy. Regular infusions of new ideas, inspirations and tools are necessary to sustain ourselves to meet the challenge of creating a new economy.  The BALLE conference is an immersive experience where the leaders of this movement come together and share innovative solutions that will ramp up your Localist efforts in your community quickly.  We provide the fuel you need to amplify your work at home.  You are not alone. 


Who Should Attend?

The event is designed specifically for local economy leaders that want to connect with their peers, learn about innovations happening on the ground, and bring valuable insights back to their own communities.  

If you are a…

  • Local or regional convener
  • Community foundation
  • Community Capital innovator
  • Local economy funder or philanthropist
  • Business incubator or technical assistance organization
  • Mission-driven business leader
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Food systems advocate
  • Economic development officer
  • Local ownership pioneer
  • Policy maker
  • Or a local economy leader of any kind... 

...then this is a can't-miss event for you! Register now.

The BALLE Conference Experience

Magic happens.  To get a flavor for what really transpires when 600+ Localist gather with intention, check out our recap video which highlights inspiring moments, visionary speakers, local economy tours, collaborative learning, and the tons of fun we had in the Rust Belt city of Buffalo, NY last June.  

We rotate the conference location ever year to a place that exemplifies Localism, such as Oakland.  You will experience art, music, and food from local makers.  You’ll visit many places in the community that you never expected to be, connecting with new friends along the way.  Your conference experience in Oakland will be more immersive than ever.  

Speakers & Conference Agenda

We host the most innovative, inspiring and cutting-edge leaders in the local economy movement from across North America.  Together we offer new perspectives and pioneering solutions to common challenges, deep dives into the important conversations and we will keep you on the edge of your seat.

View the complete lineup of 2014 Conference speakers, and check back frequently for updates!  Download the 2013 BALLE Conference program to get a sample of participants, and preview this year's agenda.

Why Oakland?

Known as one of the most ethnically diverse cities in America, Oakland’s once desolate downtown buildings have been filling up – at lightning speed – with independent fashion designers, art studios and galleries, locally sourced restaurants, and socially-minded entrepreneurial ventures of all kinds.  Close to the hearts of Oaklanders are creative expression, political activism, food access and production, youth entrepreneurship and social justice.  Oakland is a vibrant, artistic city that lives and breathes BALLE’s core belief of Prosperity for All.

We are thrilled to partner with Sustainable Business Alliance (SBA), as our local conference hosts. SBA has deep ties to the Oakland community and plays a crucial role in promoting locally owned, independent businesses in the East San Francisco Bay Area.  They built a network of business owners, community residents and local government officials who share a common vision: to create a local economy based on relationships, the environment and social equity for all citizens -- both current and future.   

Dubbed by the New York Times as “San Francisco’s little brother – or maybe its punk cousin,” Oakland undertook grassroots efforts to revitalize urban neighborhoods that have both transformed the city and preserved its artsy and authentic roots.  Together with our SBA partners, we invite you to experience Localism in action at the Prosperity For All - 2014 BALLE Conference this June.