Supporting Local, Living Economies
The economy has gone global, and there’s no going back. But that doesn’t mean that we should abandon local economies. Buying from “Main Street” helps small businesses continue to innovate and keeps cash in the pockets of friends and neighbors. This sort of economic interdependence strengthens the community and tends to lead to greater happiness for everyone involved.
Strengthening Sustainable Businesses
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (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. Learn more.
David Korten is the co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine
, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, president of the People-Centered Development Forum (PCDForum), and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). His books include Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth
, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
, and the international best seller When Corporations Rule the World
. Learn more.
Read the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies essay: "Read World Models for Creating Stability in the New Economy"
Read David Korten's essay: "Lighting the Way to a New Economy"
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