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Dan F.

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Review for Business Alliance For Local Living Economies, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, or BALLE, is North America's fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks in 30 U.S. states and Canadian provinces representing over 22,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada.

BALLE believes that local, independent businesses are among our most potent change agents, uniquely prepared to take on the challenges of the twenty-first century with an agility, sense of place, and relationship-based approach others lack. They are more than employers and profit-makers; they are neighbors, community builders and the starting point for social innovation, aligning commerce with the common good and bringing transparency, accountability, and a caring human face to the marketplace.

BALLE's mission is to catalyze, strengthen and connect networks of locally owned independent businesses dedicated to building strong Local Living Economies.

BALLE brings together independent business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, social innovators, and community leaders to build local living economies. We provide local, state, national, and international resources to this new model of economic development.

We’re showing that independent locally owned businesses can go beyond traditional measures of success. We're proving that these businesses are accountable to stakeholders and the environment. We're helping these businesses flourish in their local economies. And we're leveraging the power of local networks to build a web of economies that are community-based, green, and fair - local living economies.

Role:  Volunteer & I help to run the BALLE Network in Western Massachusetts called Pioneer Valley Local First.

Review for Free Press, Florence, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

With the corporate take over of our media over the last many years our education and democracy have suffered. It is groups like Free Press that fight the good fight to protect us from people with names like Rush or Hannity or Rupert.

Role:  General Member of the Public & n/a.