BALLE Conference (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)

Localists around the globe are innovating and leading the movement to build real prosperity. The 2013 BALLE Conference is where those leaders come to connect, be inspired, and get the tools they need to take it to the next level. YES! is co-sponsoring the event, and publisher Fran Korten will be one of many inspiring speakers. See how local businesses came together to turn story of economic decline into a tale of rust-belt renaissance.

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Jun 12, 2013 08:00 AM
Jun 14, 2013 11:00 PM


Buffalo, NY

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Calling all Localists! Once per year our community assembles for a can’t-miss gathering that is a who’s who of innovators collaborating to build a new economy. From international thought leaders and on-the-ground social entrepreneurs, to policymakers, network builders, local economy funders, philanthropists, and everyone in between, Localists of all stripes will be descending on Buffalo, New York, June 12-14, 2013, to share the work of building a new economy.

We know the work you do is transformative. And, it’s not easy. Regular infusions of new ideas, inspirations and tools are necessary to sustain ourselves to meet the challenge of creating a new economy. The BALLE conference is designed to meet those needs. More than a traditional conference, BALLE gives you an insider’s view of what a thriving local economy is like with some of the leading thinkers and doers driving the most powerful economic and community movement today!

In addition to gathering the world’s most innovative and pioneering Localist attendees, The BALLE Conference attracts nationally sought after speakers to inspire and share transformative solutions on topics that are designed to ramp up your Localist efforts in your community quickly.


2013 BALLE Conference speakers include:


Gar Alperovitz Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy, University of Maryland, Washington, DC

Sarah Bishop Sarah Bishop, Executive Director, Buffalo First!, Buffalo, NY

Fran Korten Fran Korten, Publisher, YES! Magazine, Bainbridge Island, WA


And many more!


Register to attend, apply for scholarships, or consider becoming a BALLE Conference Sponsor.

If you can’t come to Buffalo, don’t worry, the 2013 BALLE Conference will come to you! Many of the most popular parts of the conference will be available via Livestream, including Vision Sessions with inspiring keynote speakers. Follow BALLE on Twitter or Facebook for additional details and viewing instructions.

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