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Dan F.

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Review for Common Future, Oakland, 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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have happily been to all, but one of their conferences. I have gotten great advice and help from the BALLE staff as well as other network leaders around North America. I also greatly appreciate the importance they place on supporting and creating local, living economies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More regional advisers around the United States and the rest of the world to support the creation and growth of more BALLE networks the world over.

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...


If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not sure

Role:  General Member of the Public & n/a.
slongsmith (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Hi Dan, thank you for reviewing Free Press! Together with informed, vocal people, such as yourself, we will be able to reinvigorate the public media system and advocate for more diverse media ownership! ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff