The Localist Community

BALLE

BALLE is a unique learning community comprised of the most innovative local economy leaders across North America working together to reshape the economy. BALLE members envision a new economy that is both resilient and inclusive, one that values local opportunity and ownership, the natural world, and above all else, one where relationships matter most.     

We know that by connecting leaders, spreading innovations, and sharing local stories with new local economy funders and a national audience, we will become a united force for change.  We truly are better together. 

Become part of this unique group of pioneers who are transforming the economy from the ground up.  Join the BALLE learning community today!

Access the Community

BALLE members see the value in shared learning, and want to connect with others like them, who are energized and motivated to create better communities, both locally and nationally. 

And they join BALLE to find their peers.  This unique learning community supports and connects the local economy leaders who see a different future; those who want to broaden their knowledge and to collaborate with – and learn from – their Localist allies from across North America. 

We maintain a strict non solicitation policy in our member learning community. If your primary goal is to reach potential clients or customers in our Localist community for your product or service, please consider our sponsorship opportunities

Join the Movement!

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an investor, a philanthropist or a conscious consumer, you play an essential part in realizing this bold vision for the prosperity of our cities and neighborhoods. The demand for your work has never been greater. So let's create a better economy together!

1) I am a Champion!

If you are a convener, network leader, business hub or someone who wants to learn from other cutting-edge pioneers, like BALLE Fellows and Funders, join at $500 and above to become a Champion member and gain access to this visionary learning community.

Your BALLE membership will bring you and others on your team into a learning community of leading innovators who, like you, have a vision for the new economy and are developing new ways to get there. In addition, we recognize that as conveners, you may value the ability to extend certain membership benefits, such as special invitations or discounts, to your network of business and clients, and will seek to offer these opportunities on an ad-hoc basis. 

Being active in BALLE’s learning community, Champion members have access to:

Exclusive Connections and Energized Discussions:

  • Members-only peer discussion groups and tools for asking questions and sharing resources
  • Facilitated conversations with other leaders, innovators, experts and funders
  • Exclusive invitations to gatherings or local economy tours
 

Discounted or Early Access to Programming and Events: 

  • Early discounts to the annual BALLE Conference
  • Access to nearly 40+ past webinar recordings
  • Early registration notice for BALLE events like public webinars and conference mentoring sessions with leaders

Recognition and Collective Visibility: 

  • Visibility to a growing Localist audience on the BALLE Localist map and website, allowing members to find and connect with other local economy leaders from around the world
  • Access to hip graphics and visuals that support your community in being stronger together and in advancing the common Localist message

2) I am a Localist!

As a Localist member, you recognize the powerful ripple effect that local business ownership creates on Main Street and you know that we can only sustain the essence of our diverse communities by rebuilding our economy around the values that define them.  Support us because you believe that opportunity for all matters — that we need to move away from “every man for himself” to a deeper understanding that real prosperity and security come from helping each other.  

Invest in BALLE because you know that commitments to social and economic justice are an expression of our interdependence and care for one another.  Become part of the fastest growing movement in North America and stay connected to new Localist trends and topics, and local events as they happen.  Join as a Localist member today!

Suggested levels of support $50, $100, $250, $500, and $1000+

3) Sponsorship Opportunities

If your primary goal is to reach potential clients or customers in our Localist community for your product or service, please consider our sponsorship opportunities. Learn more about our current partners.

Want to stay in touch with BALLE? Learn about innovative models and resources, emerging trends, and pioneering thought-leaders in the local economy movement – including the BALLE Local Economy Fellows – by attending the 2014 BALLE Conference, by subscribing to the monthly BALLE Buzz newsletter, and by following us on social media.