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The Localist Community


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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. Following are some of the ways that you can plug into this community:

  • Connect with a Localist Champion in your area
  • Access our various tools and resources for activating Localism in your place
  • Participate in events we will be supporting throughout the country as we decentralize our content delivery in 2016
  • Subscribe to our Buzz newsletter to keep up with the latest from BALLE and the Localist movement

SUPPORT 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. 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.  Join 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.  

At this pivotal time in the Localist movement, our collective work has never been more important.  As we continue to provide more access to thought leaders, peers and industry experts, we have also decided to shift our pricing to a contribution model based on the value you see in BALLE’s work. We have dissolved paid “membership” and are evolving this community around an open-source collection of resources. We want to make resources available to as many innovators as possible and hope that you will not only find value in the tools, resources and connections, but that you will continue to feel motivated to contribute financially to the production of that content.

Help us take the Localist movement to the next level.  Donate today. 

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.