Tag Archives: BALLE

Re>Thinking Localism in the Hudson Valley

You may not have heard much from us lately. Let me tell you why. I’ll start by first highlighting our work over the last couple of years — and then hint at where we may be headed. Continue reading

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Hot Temps, a Cool Barn, and A Beautiful Business Lunch

The heatwave didn’t hinder the celebration of localism and social entrepreneurship last week in the Hudson Valley, and Judy Wicks kept things cookin’.  Judy’s first stop in one of many places across the country to promote her new memoir, Good Morning Beautiful Business, The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer, was Hawthorne Valley Farm … Continue reading

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Judy Wicks the BALLE Mama

In 2000 at my second of many Social Venture Network conferences held that year at the Mohonk Mountain House (Localism has deep roots right here in the Hudson Valley), I responded to an announcement by Judy Wicks about starting a new organization. Over a two-year period and two retreats at Judy’s weekend homes in the … Continue reading

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An Inspiring Weekend at Hello Etsy, by Karen Berelowitz

In this, our very first guest blog post, Re>Think Local Founding Member Karen Berelowitz takes us inside the recent Etsy conference exploring the Creative Economy. I recently had an opportunity to attend the Hello Etsy conference at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, featuring over a dozen speakers offering a wide range of expertise, including localism! … Continue reading

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