The Localist Community


BALLE is a unique learning community comprised of the most innovative local economy leaders across North America working together to reshape the economy. Localists in the BALLE community 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 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 leaders who are transforming the economy from the ground up.


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!

As a Localist, you recognize the powerful ripple effect that local business ownership creates on Main Street. Because 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. 

Please visit our donation page to select your desired contribution. Thank you!


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.

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 subscribing to the monthly BALLE Buzz newsletter, and by following us on social media.