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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 needed 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 to fundamental social change.

Localize the Economy: Build Resilient Communities

BALE launches a year-long series that focuses on the ‘new economy,’ localization and well-being.

There is a powerful antidote to the globalized economy that drives (common) wealth into the hands of the 1% while the majority of the planet lives in scarcity. Here comes a full series of programs that offers solutions that are, literally, in our hands… if only we commit and take concerted action.

Tuesday, Sept. 27; 7:15 PM at the Commons @ BALE, South gwenhallsmithRoyalton. Gwendolyn Hallsmith of Vermonters for a New Economy, takes up the challenge recently offered by Bill McKibben about the unimaginably huge scale of the effort needed to stall climate change. Hallsmith’s talk, “Coining Infrastructure” looks to a transformative view of the money economy (used before and essential now).

Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:15 PM at the Commons @ BALE. Meet filmmaker Steven Gorelick and watch his film, “The Economics of Happiness” as we partner with the international group, Local Futures. Join the dialogue following the film. See the trailer HERE.economics-of-happiness-image

Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:15 PM at the Commons @ BALE. George Lakey, author of Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got it Right and We Can, Too brings an existing model of an economy that well worth looking at (“one of the most fun books I’ve ever read.)”