A Center for Local Economy Initiatives
BALE is a solutions-focused community resource center, for local economic initiatives, in the White River watershed.
Grounded in gratitude and deep awareness of our planetary challenge, BALE (Building A Local Economy) engages in its grassroots community work from our home in the White River watershed of Vermont. BALE believes we need to build appropriately-scaled solutions, from the ground up, taking back, as much as possible, our economy, our culture, and our democratic instruments, by re-injecting humanity and authentic relationships into all that we do. Bringing all folks, respectfully, to this awareness is the great challenge of our time. BALE sees itself as a very small part of an emerging global story… working for both practical on-the-ground solutions as well as committing to an inside-out approach for fundamental social change.
Localize the Economy: Build Resilient Communities
BALE hosts year-long series focusing on transition, the ‘new economy,’ localization and well-being.
The globalized economy drives (common) wealth into the hands of the 1% while the majority of the planet lives in scarcity. There is a powerful antidote to that story with which we are not too familiar: localization. Here comes a full series of programs offering connections, networking, relationships, and solutions, that are, literally, in our hands… if only we commit and take concerted action. BALE is hosting and promoting dozens of programs this summer and fall on the many aspects of the changes we face, what we can do about them, and how we can engage our communities in changing the story from one of scarcity in the globalized economy to one of resilience and abundance in the localized one.