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The Guide to Going Local

The Guide To Going Local Now Available!

Central to BALLE’s work in the world, Localism is about building communities that are healthier and more sustainable, backed by local economies that are stronger and more resilient. Strong local economies lead to communities that are self-reliant, provide quality jobs, and are fun places to live – all things that we want, but how do we get there?

Produced in collaboration with our partners at the Center for A New American Dream, the Guide to Going Local is full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town: through buying local, highlighting new entrepreneurs, instilling local pride, investing locally, and more.

With how-to tips, fun videos, and useful resources, the Guide to Going Local provides the inspiration and practical tools you need to get started on projects in your community in four key areas:

  1. Building Pride in Your Local Place
  2. Fostering Local Entrepreneurship
  3. Buying Local (and Sustainable)
  4. Investing Locally


Download The Guide To Going Local Now



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If you are inspired by BALLE’s work, please Join Us! By becoming a BALLE member, you will be joining the fast-growing community of more than 30,000 Localists: entrepreneurs who are re–thinking their industries, funders who are investing in the local economy movement, and network organizers who are mobilizing on a broad scale. And don't forget to join in the conversation on our Twitter and Facebook pages too!


About Center for A New American Dream:

New Dream helps Americans reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice. We seek to cultivate a new American dream—one that emphasizes community, ecological sustainability, and a celebration of non-material values. We envision a society that pursues not just “more,” but more of what matters—and less of what doesn’t. Learn more.