2014 BALLE Conference opening session: Michelle Long & Erin Kilmer-Neel





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Published on Jul 7, 2014

Glimpse into the opening night of BALLE's 12th annual conference, in Oakland, California, themed Prosperity For All. BALLE Executive Director Michelle long establishes context for a movement, while conference host, Sustainable Business Alliance, Executive Director and BALLE Local Economy Fellow Erin Kilmer-Neel introduces the City of Oakland.

In her opening address at the 2014 BALLE conference held in Oakland, California in June, MICHELLE LONG set out 12 steps for building strong local economies that serve both people and planet.

- Promote a culture of local, cooperative and community ownership
- Build entrepreneurial capacity to meet local needs and to innovate for the greater good
- Align workers, labor, independent businesses and anchors around a path to shared prosperity
- Divest from Wall Street and invest in Community
- Cultivate shared ownership, land trusts and the protection of public assets
- Eliminate systemic barriers and build opportunity for people historically oppressed
- Build shared infrastructure that provides small businesses with 'economies of scale'
- Use philanthropy to mitigate risk for the pioneers
- Invest in soil and nature-based industries, energy and infrastructure, and divest from fossil fuels
- Advocate for Localist policies that level the playing field for local businesses, people and nature
- Invest in 'backbone organizations' that strengthen community entrepreneurs and real prosperity
- Use magic, soul and inspiration to convene entrepreneurs and to catalyze the courage of their hearts


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