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image8th Annual BALLE Conference
May 21-23, Charleston, SC

The new economy is being shaped at the grassroots level in local communities around North America. Join 400 pioneering entrepreneurs and business owners, economic developers and community connectors as BALLE spotlights the most innovative and effective practices in growing community health and building strong, local, green businesses.

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80 speakers
Mainstage events & off-site outdoor celebrations
24 breakout sessions
Pre-conference workshop intensive
3 living economy tours of Charleston
Innovative and effective practices in growing community health and building strong, local, green businesses

Annie Leonard (Story of Stuff)‚
David Orr (Oberlin College, author)
Don Shaffer (RSF Social Finance)
India Pierce Lee (Cleveland Foundation, Evergreen Cooperatives)
Judy Wicks (co-founder of BALLE and White Dog Cafe)
Jennifer Buffett (Novo Foundation)
Baye Adofo Wilson (Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District)
Marjorie Kelly (Tellus Institute)
Michael Shuman (BALLE staff and author of “The Small-Mart Revolution”)
Lily Yeh (The Village of Arts and Humanities, Barefoot Artists)
Woody Tasch (Slow Money Alliance)


imageSlow Money's 2nd National Gathering
June 9-11, Shelburne Farms, VT

The beautiful grounds of historic Shelburne Farms.  A phenomenal roster of speakers, including Bill McKibben, founder of, Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg, Robert Zevin, the 'father' of the socially responsible investment movement, and Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, made famous by Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma and the film Food, Inc.  The chance to hear investment presentations from two dozen small food enterprises and collaborate with folks from around the country who are finding new ways to connect money, culture and the soil.

Slow Money. It's not an ISM - as in capitalism, socialism, consumerism, market fundamentalism.  It's a new kind of social investing for the 21st century.  It's what comes after industrial agriculture and industrial finance.

Join this emerging network of thought leaders, investors, donors, entrepreneurs, farmers, and activists for our Second National Gathering this June in Vermont. Together, let's fix America's economy from the ground up...starting with food.

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Transition US supporters can receive a 20% discount off the regular event fees. Enter the discount code ‘transition’ to register for the gathering and ‘transition+dinner’ to register for the Friday evening Farm Table Dinner in addition to the regular activities.

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