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Recent Articles of Note

Investing in Local Business to Get an Even Break by Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times

Think Systemically, Act Locally: Who’s Backing This Push to Build Community Wealth? by Philip Rojc, Inside Philanthropy

BALLE–Racial Equity Change from the Outside In by Cyndi Suarez, Nonprofit Quarterly

Wealth Inequality and the Fallacies of Impact Investing by Rodney Foxworth,

Philanthropy Will Not Save Us by Rodney Foxworth, Medium


Learn more about BALLE’s initiatives and our network of local economy leaders who are working to create an economy that works for all.

Speakers Bureau

BALLE’s national board, staff, Local Economy Fellows, investment community and other local economy leaders include renowned leaders in the fields of sustainability, social finance, social enterprise, and community-based economic development. Explore the expertise of the individuals and organization in our network and contact them directly to share speaking or event opportunities

BALLE welcomes opportunities to connect journalists with local economy leaders to learn more about localism and how we are building healthy, equitable economies. If you are interested in an interview with BALLE leaders, entrepreneurs who are rethinking their industries, or funders who are investing in the local economy movement, please contact Kassandra Mayhew at

  1. BALLE Connects Social Determinants of Health and Local Economy Strategies in New Field Guide for Healthcare Providers

    April 18, 2016

    The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) today released a new field guide, The Future of Health is Local, which gives health care providers actionable tools and examples on how to align the non-clinical assets of their organizations – such as procurement, employment, and investment – with local economic development strategies that can improve human health and revitalize local communities. The guide was produced in partnership with Kaiser Permanente.