Last year ASSETS, Lancaster Ventures Partners along with the Community Foundation and other partners took part in creating the Judy Wicks event #LocalGood. We were thrilled to have Judy Wicks share what it took to build the White Dog Cafe and how a Local Living Economy is something we can all be a part of. Judy also mentioned that she was Co-Founder of BALLE, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. BALLE holds a yearly conference designed specifically for local economy leaders that want to connect with their peers, learn about innovations happening on the ground, and bring valuable insights back to their own communities. As we continue the theme around Business for Good and building our Local economy Lancaster County, we are beyond excited to have the Director of Fellowship and Alumni at BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Leanne Krueger-Braneky share at our Small Business, Big Impact! Mixer next Wednesday, May 14th. We hope to see you, for more details click here!
One of the things that most excites me about this movement is that BALLE networks are succeeding in all kinds of settings across North America — urban and rural, low-income and affluent, homogeneous and diverse. As the number of people doing this work grows, we have more opportunities to learn about what works and what doesn’t work. I often tell my team that there are no models for what we are doing, that we are making the models up as we go along, but as more communities jump in, we can identify the models that work and share best practices. When we succeed, I envision an open-source, collaborative community of networks that help each other along towards our ultimate shared goal of transforming our local economies to be socially just, economically vibrant and environmentally responsible.