Connect with Local Economy Weavers
at the 2017 BALLE Leadership Summit

November 15-17, Pacific Grove, CA

Register Today *

There is one place you can find the most visionary leaders building healthy, equitable local economies across North America: the BALLE Leadership Summit.

If you…

  • Create quality jobs and pathways to equity<
  • Fund or invest in the next generation of new economy leaders
  • Convene or collaborate with organizations and businesses in your region
  • Seek rural, suburban, and urban communities to invest in and learn from
  • Are experiencing transition and thinking about the future
  • Want to connect with pioneers and visionaries in BALLE’s communities of practice: Local Economy Fellowship, Foundation Circle, and Investors Circle

…the BALLE Leadership Summit is for you.

* The Leadership Summit is an invitational event. To register you’ll need the password provided in your invitation emails.

This is the one time a year for you to check in with your people. To discover new voices. To contribute your own. To gather inputs and connections for the coming months, and years, of building an economy that works for all.

Our shared work is complex — imagining, testing, and refining new models for healthy, equitable local economies. At times it is overwhelming. Achieving shared goals relies on high-functioning relationships, ongoing inquiry, and access to the leaders of the new economy that is emerging.

2016 was the first time we gathered this powerful community together — read more about it in our blog.



We look forward to welcoming back those who made 2016 a positive, productive experience, and hearing updates on the 107 intentions to collaborate that were sparked by 2016 Summit content and connections. We’re also proud that 89% of participants were very to extremely inspired; and 85% felt like they better understood players in local economy ecosystems, thanks to the Summit. We are grateful for everyone who is able to prioritize this gathering and join us this year.

2017 programming will focus on shifting capital, activating local ecosystems, and providing a space to model what your work looks like, while tapping the community’s collective wisdom. BALLE will continue to do what we do best: creating a powerful, safe, generative container for the kind of work you can’t do anywhere else.

Register Today *

November 15-17
Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA


Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Leslie Lindo, Director of Community Engagement at

* The Leadership Summit is an invitational event. To register you’ll need the password provided in your invitation emails.


From 2016 Participants…

“The Summit gave me an opportunity to see the range of players in this ecosystem, hear their stories, and understand the ways that our roles interweave.”

“At the Summit it became clear that BALLE is now the most significant business and investment network of heavy-weight local practitioners who are also people of color. There is no other network like this today.”

“The BALLE Summit curated a brilliant expanse of leaders co-acting for economic and social justice and deepened my commitment to transforming business into a powerful force for democratizing wealth in my community.”

“It was a great opportunity to break out of our respective boxes and come together with changemakers both in our own community as well as be inspired by national efforts.”

“The combination of Fellows (practitioners), investors and funders made for a very rich conversation. It was large enough for many perspectives but small enough to be able to talk to almost everyone.”