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Wed, 10/31/2012 – 07:00
Wed, 10/31/2012 – 07:00
Tenneson Woolf Consulting Blog
“One of the things I love about BALLE is that they are offering solutions and critical connections in a rather complex environment.” Read these reflections on the workshop cohosted by BALLE in Chicago.
The following blog was written by Tenneson Woolf about his experience of the Art of Hosting workshop cohosted by BALLE in September of this year.
Last week Teresa Posakony, Lina Cramer, Kevin Johnson and I worked with Christine Ageton, Alissa Barron and others from the BALLE Network (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). BALLE is an inspiring and rapidly growing network that represents a strong commitment to restoring community through local businesses. They’ve recently launched their new website with particular branding around connecting leaders, spreading solutions, and sharing helpful resources in the localist movement.
One of the things I love about BALLE is that they are offering solutions and critical connections in a rather complex environment. There is a kind of hunger, heartfulness, and simplicity that I appreciate and saw in the people I met. Their actions are anchored in the simple, an invitation for each person to do what they are doing and a bit more. Yet, their vision is appropriately massive: “Within a generation, we envision a global system of human-scale, interconnected local economies that function in harmony with local ecosystems to meet the basic needs of all people, support just and democratic societies, and foster joyful community life.”
It was an inspiring couple of days spent together in the beauty of Chicago’s Berger Park, on the shore of Lake Michigan. Using the Art of Hosting pattern for learning, we gave attention to several key questions like those named here:
A few other bits of harvest are here:
Blog post from Teresa Posakony on the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce story