What We Do

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Building A Local Economy (BALE)

Current projects of BALE include:

The Commons @ BALE: A community resource center, in a storefront, on the Green in South Americans Who Tell the Truth - art opening 1.jpgRoyalton, the Commons is free and open to the public (with donations welcomed). Events held at the Commons include classes, weekly music jams, book discussion groups, meetings, film screenings and series events, storytelling events, art openings and receptions, and much more. This beautiful room is also home to the White River Art Gallery with rotating shows of area artists.

Building Resilient Communities: BALE is currently hosting a series of events, this winter and spring, in Randolph, focusing on stories of town revitalization and new economic models that support and promote vibrant local communities. See our “News page” to find current listings of each event.

White River Community Solar: A collaboration with the Vermont Law School’s Energy Clinic to develop a community owned and operated 150 KW solar array to power local businesses and homes with clean renewable energy.

White River Investment Club (WRIC): Now its own legal entity, WRIC is the ideal avenue to invest local money in truly local community projects, that strengthen our community, and make up part of the new economy.

P1060777-300x200.jpgThe ‘New Story’ film project:  BALE is the producer of a new documentary film, Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: Five New Stories for the Great Transition. The film follows the stories of young people working to re-imagine and recreate a world in which we want to live. Whether it’s ending racism and injustice in the food-system, listening to the words and wisdom of poet-activist-musicians singing truth to power, or seeing rural communities come to life with radical new economic models, Dancing is a visionary resource for all those feeling the urgency for a global shift and awakening to our capacity for sustained life on this planet.