2013-2014 BALLE Local Economic Fellowship
by Toby Barazzuol on Friday Dec 14, 2012

So today I step through a doorway...

I'm excited and honoured to announce that I've been selected as 2013 BALLE Local Economy Fellow! Earlier this year, 
Be A Localist (also known as BALLE: the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) began a search through thousands of communities across North America. Hundreds of community leaders were considered and only 16 selected for this 18-month leadership program. It's a truly amazing opportunity to connect with other dreamers who are at the forefront of re-imagining and building the new economy. Together, we have an opportunity to mold how we create resilient communities and foster a new era of doing business across North America. We have an opportunity to develop an economy that values the human experience and regenerates the earth.

It's also recognition that the work that we have been doing in the Strathcona Green-Zone over the past years has been world-class and innovative. Community collaboration, resource sharing, celebrating sustainability, recognizing leadership...these things aren't happening everywhere, but soon they may be. I'm really eager to get started!

“What stands before us is an opportunity to build a new economy based on respect, recognition, creativity and collaboration. An economy that creates value in ways that regenerate the environment and make people happy. Figuring out how to do this has fallen upon the shoulders of our generation, so I’m more than excited to connect with a group of sustainability leaders who are not only imagining a better way, but are also figuring out how to do it.”

I'm also excited to share our experience with recognition and appreciation and how it can be used to accelerate social change, make people happy, empower emerging leaders, bestow confidence and build more resilient communities.  Indeed, this is one of the most effective tools that we have in terms of changing the world we live in.

2013 BALLE Local Economy Felllowship locations

I also look forward to working more closely with LOCO BC's Amy Robinson and I think the fact that 2 of 16 BALLE Fellows were selected from Vancouver speaks volumes about the creative and progressive business community here. Now we'll have to share our experiences on a national stage.

I hope you'll follow along...it's going to be an amazing ride!

Bill Barazzuol - Tuesday Jan 29, 2013 at 6:04pm PST
It seems that only 1% of any population or society is truly innovative and creative. Congratulations to you and the others for being members of this selective creative minority. It is the few people of vision and will who change the world for the better for the rest of us.
Gerry Deagle - Saturday Dec 15, 2012 at 10:45am PST
Helping to create an economic system that values the 'human experience' is an outstandingly worthy goal. Good luck to you, Toby, and all the other community leaders selected for this project. Certainly the system we rely on now is proving unworkable for all but a tiny fraction of people around the world.



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