Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

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Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

"Judy Wicks is a woman who loves to build local living economies – she formed the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia as an outgrowth of her work building a sustainable local food economy around her restaurant, Philadelphia's White Dog Café. Laury Hammel is a man who loves to start socially responsible business organizations – he founded New England Businesses for Social Responsibility in 1988 and co-founded the national organization Business for Social Responsibility in 1991.

"After meeting through the Social Venture Network (SVN), a national community of company founders, investors, and social entrepreneurs, Judy and Laury realized that merging their interests in organizing businesses and building local economies could build a strong movement for grassroots economic change in North America and beyond.

"BALLE began as a project of SVN, where Judy and Laury were serving on the board. After introducing the SVN Local Network Initiative to spread her work in building local economies, Judy convened a group of twenty SVN members to explore the concept at her Pocono Mountain retreat in the summer of 2001. The group invited author and economist Michael Shuman to add his expertise on the benefits of local business ownership. At the retreat, plans were made to integrate the theme of local economies into the SVN fall conference, and Judy nominated author David Korten as an SVN “visionary advisor” to share his vision for a more democratic, community-based alternative to corporate globalization. " [1]


Accessed June 2013: [2]

Directors (2009)

Accessed February 2009: [3]




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  1. Story, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, accessed February 23, 2009.
  2. BALLE Board, organizational web page, accessed June 1, 2013.
  3. Directors, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, accessed February 23, 2009.