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Join BALLE in celebrating New Economy Week, October 13-19

It’s New Economy Week – a chance for all of us recognize the need for an economy that works for people, place, and planet. More than that, it’s an opportunity for us to celebrate and showcase the incredible work that Localist leaders and BALLE’s partners and friends are doing around North America!

Fostering the emergence of a new economic system – one that will move our society in a more positive direction – is at the core of BALLE’s work as the hub of the local economy movement. It is through gradually displacing failing economic structures and systems with those that benefit everyone that Localism succeeds.

Join us this week in showcasing and celebrating the BALLE community’s work to change how society thinks about the purpose of business and the economy. Together, we are changing mindsets from “every-man-for-himself” to an understanding that real security comes from community – from sharing not hoarding, from partnership, not domination.

New Economy Week at BALLE

Here in Oakland, BALLE, Impact Hub Oakland, and the founders of the Living the New Economy Convergence (October 23-26) are partnering for two events to celebrate the movement:

Wednesday, 10/15, we partner with Living the New Economy for a pre-convergence happy hour at local restaurant Spice Monkey. Convergence attendees, speakers, and anyone interested in the movement is invited to mingle over drinks and snacks. All are welcome, and 10% of proceeds benefit the convergence.

Friday, 10/17, BALLE and Impact Hub Oakland – the co-working space where BALLE’s office is located – are co-hosting a potluck lunch for Hub members and their friends to celebrate the work so many people in this space are doing to create a more equitable, sustainable, interconnected economy.

Also be sure to follow BALLE on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn – we’ll be sharing New Economy resources throughout the week.

Online Events

Today through October 19, events are being held in places across North America, from the 25th Bioneers Summit in California to the New Work New Culture Conference in Detroit to the New Economy Film Festival in New York City.

A number of events have sprung up online as well: Tuesday through Friday, the New Economy Coalition is hosting daily online panel discussions featuring community leaders across North America. Friday, BALLE Fellow Aaron Tanaka joins Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Marnie Thompson of the Fund for Democratic Communities for discussion on displacing injustice and embracing community. Earlier in the week, BALLE’s New Economy Week partner, Kendra Shanley of Bay Bucks and the Living the New Economy Convergence hosts a teleseminar on rethinking the monetary system.

A sampling of online events include:

Crowdfunding to Support the New Economy (Webinar)
Tuesday, October 14, 12-1:30pm EST

Croatan Institute has been supporting rural value chains seeking funding to build and keep wealth local through the WealthWorks development approach, which aims to simultaneously advance a region’s overall prosperity and self-reliance, strengthen existing and emerging sectors, and increase jobs and incomes for lower-income residents and firms. Join us as we discuss how crowdfunding provides a way to support the kinds of businesses which can lead to the creation of the New Economy, and how start-ups be supported by small-scale, low-risk gifts or investments.

In this webinar, we will give an overview of the Wealthworks approach to local and regional economic development, and within the spectrum of financing available for new businesses, we will introduce how online crowdfunding can fill the gap of funding in early-stage ventures, and essentially be the new form of New Economy “barn-raising” we need to support this work.

Re-thinking Our Monetary System: Bay Bucks and the New Economy (Teleseminar)
Tuesday, October 14, 2-3:15pm EST

Our monetary system is the operating system of our economy. Right now, it is impoverishing the majority of our population, and killing our ecosystem. It is past time for a re-think.

In this teleseminar, Chong Kee Tan and Kendra Shanley, the co-founders of Bay Bucks and organizers of Living the New Economy Convergence in Oakland, CA will discuss how they are building a different kind of money for the Bay Area, and how it can serve as a new operating system for a new economy.

Slow Money State of the Sector Report: A conversation with Woody Tasch, founder and chairman of Slow Money
Wednesday, October 15, 1-2pm EST

Through Slow Money national gatherings, regional events and local activities, more than $38 million has been invested into over 350 small food enterprises around the United States. Twenty-one local networks and 13 investment clubs have formed.

Slow Money partnered with California Environmental Associates who assisted with researching and documenting the state of investments into local, sustainable food and agriculture in the U.S. The findings are detailed in the State of the Sector Report which will be released in October.

Community Resilience 101: How Your Community Can Thrive in Challenging Times by JP New Economy Transition (Webinar)
Thursday, October 16, 12-1pm EST

Given the challenges of a hurting economy, climate change, resource shortages, and political paralysis, how can we all live well now and into the future? A vibrant “community resilience” movement has sprung up to address these challenges and create the communities we want. Across the nation, grassroots organizers are working to create resilient systems for food, energy, transit, health, livelihoods, education, and much more–systems that will be able to weather the coming shocks of a rapidly shifting economy and climate.

In order to create resilience, people are coming together as communities, finding their inner passions, using their skills, and trusting each other. Truly resilient systems must be equitable, creating wellbeing for all across boundaries of race, class, language, and income. This work requires and enables us to reconnect with each other, repairing the torn social fabric we inherited.

Join this webinar to learn more about the Community Resilience and “Transition” movement. You’ll hear stories from three communities about their work to create local food, support local business, bridge race and class divides, and much more.

Count Care In: Foundations of Prosperity in a New Economy by the Caring Economics Campaign (Webinar)
Thursday, October 16, 4-5pm EST

This free 60 minute webinar introduces the Caring Economy Campaign, a movement to raise the visibility and value of the work of care and caregiving as a cornerstone of any sustainable prosperity. The Caring Economy framework demonstrates the economic value of care and caregiving work, shows the inter-relationships between quality care giving and economic prosperity, and offers alternative measures of economic health called “Social Wealth Economic Indicators.” The Caring Economy Campaign is an initiative of the Center for Partnership Studies, Riane Eisler, President.

Displacing Injustice, Embracing Community: Lessons from Local and Regional New Economy Organizing (Panel Discusion)
Friday, October 17 @ 3-4pm EST

From Richmond, CA to Jackson, MI, people are organizing to build local power and are seeing major victories that could point the way forward to a new economy. This panel raises the question: “How can we support neighborhoods, cities, towns, and regions as the fertile ground for the kind of economy we need?” Panelists include Aaron Tanaka (BALLE Fellow, Center For Economic Democracy), Stacy Mitchell (Institute for Local Self-Reliance), and Marnie Thompson (Fund for Democratic Communities).