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Prosperity For All

On June 11-13, 2014, the 12th Annual BALLE Conference is being held in Oakland, CA and it will bring hundreds of entrepreneurs and local business leaders together around the Localist movement.

Their goal is to “create a new economy with a living and breathing heart of justice at its center.”

BALLE envisions that “a global system of human-scale, interconnected local economies that function in harmony with local ecosystems to meet the basic needs of all people, support just and democratic societies, and foster joyful community life.”

Underlying all of BALLE’s work is a strong belief in “Prosperity for All.” The foundation of a new economy is an equitable society that values everyone.  They focus on the highest impact strategies that they call the Core Four:

  1. Local First – Increasing demand for locally owned, made and grown businesses, goods and services. BALLE showcases effective models, campaigns, policies and programs that expand business ownership opportunities to more people, and shifts purchasing towards locals first.
  2. DIY Entrepreneurs – Sharing lessons learned from ‘Do It Yourself’ entrepreneurs who look for entrepreneurial opportunities to make, grow and serve their own community – whether it’s vegetables, furniture or energy. Showcasing the business models for economic self-reliance, BALLE offers a national offering of Localist success stories.
  3. Community Capital – Unleashing local money to finance healthy, diversified local economies. Featuring promising new models in crowd-funding, community supported enterprise, triple bottom line banking, local investment clubs, and so many more ways to connect your local businesses with local lenders, investors and donors. 
  4. Better Together – There is no such thing as a ‘sustainable business’ in isolation. Learn about the best models for linking local businesses to leverage purchasing power, policy change, sustainable impact, marketing dollars and more. By working together we can accomplish so much more.

Oakland was selected for the Conference because “its once desolate downtown buildings have been filling up with independent fashion designers, art studios and galleries, locally sourced restaurants, and socially-minded entrepreneurial ventures of all kinds.  Close to the hearts of Oaklanders are creative expression, political activism, food access and production, youth entrepreneurship and social justice.” 

Oakland has the most vibrant food justice landscape in the nation, including urban farms, cooperatively owned markets, publicly funded grocery stores, and pioneering policy on food production and food access. Oakland has dedicated activists, organizations, visionaries, teachers and policymakers, and see firsthand how the work around food justice has taken shape in the Oakland community.  They will explain how race, class, privilege and oppression permeate our food cultures and food systems, and how all communities can work for food justice.

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How can Redding, CA bring well-being and Prosperity for All. How can we apply the Core Four and emulate Oakland’s experience in our own unique way?

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