BALE is a community resource center for local economic initiatives in the White River watershed of Vermont
BALE (Building A Local Economy) seeks to create vibrant communities by:
- strengthening our rural economy
- building and promoting sustainable and resilient local systems
- cultivating community connections and cooperation
- raising awareness and providing educational opportunities about community and economy
BALE envisions a world in which locally vibrant, community-focused, economies benefit all of the inhabitants, the institutions, and the ecologies of their region. As a locally focused organization, BALE seeks to support appropriately-scaled solutions, from the ground up, that serve the people and places of the White River Watershed. 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.
Building Resilient Communities
The globalized economy drives wealth into the hands of the 1%, while the majority of the planet lives in scarcity. Localization is a powerful antidote to that story. BALE hosts and promotes dozens of programs each year that focus on how we can localize our economy and build resilient communities through community engagement and alternative models of economic “gain,” that place people and place over power and profit. Together, we are transforming the story from one of scarcity in the globalized economy to one of resilience and abundance in the localized one.