Why We Do This Work
Fostering the emergence of a new economic system, one that will move our society in a more positive direction, is at the core of our work. It is through gradually displacing failing structures and systems with economic structures that benefit everyone that Localism succeeds.
At a deeper level, the BALLE community is changing how we think 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 .
Through collaboration we identify and spread the most innovative solutions and business models for creating healthier, sustainable, and prosperous communities. And with a growing network of 30,000 local entrepreneurs spanning 80 communities, we are leveraging the collective voice of this movement to drive new investment, scale the best solutions, and harness the power of local, independently owned business to transform the communities where we work and live.
Together, the BALLE community works on several different levels.
Locally owned businesses in the BALLE network see their purpose as intertwined with their community’s well-being. With a shared commitment to localist values, they are solving our community’s toughest challenges and creating real prosperity.
The supporters of these local businesses, including business network leaders, investors, funders, and policy-makers, fertilize the soil from which local businesses and thriving, resilient communities can grow. Rebuilding local economies requires working on multiple fronts: expanding local business ownership and support, spreading effective ideas and models, connecting entrepreneurs to values-aligned financing, and networking with each other to leverage collective strength. We call these the Core Four.
BALLE acts as a hub for this growing network of local businesses, business networks, and local economy funders. While many of the innovations in this field over the last decade have been transformational, islands of impact aren’t enough. To have national and global impact, these local successes must be connected, strengthened and publicized. A new economy is emerging and BALLE’s work is designed to amplify and accelerate this emergence. With this as our goal, we are focused on three high impact strategies: