A BALE History

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Launched in March 2011 after a year of community dialogues and engagement, BALE’s vision emerged as a community resource center for local economy initiatives in the White white river2River Valley of Vermont. While we started with projects that helped create an awareness of the importance of our goals in the community, our priorities have grown increasingly toward creating educational programming and resources that help people move beyond what has typically been a narrow (often single issue) focus to see the more fundamental influences that shape our lives. Our work has been to build both a vibrant social space and a powerful sense of hope-filled engagement through community-driven local actions. We see ourselves as part of a broader movement that is building the “commons” where people share their stories and build relationships of mutual trust and understanding in order to strengthen community resilience in response to rising social and environmental stress.

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